Today’s post is all about comfort food. Food that makes you feel warm and happy and cosy.
It’s no secret that I love carbs. Carbs are great. Specifically bread, bread is very great. There’s nothing quite like just munching down a huge amount of warm garlic bread, maybe with pasta, or soup – or however you like. Sometimes I make a very simple garlic bread with toast – just spread some butter and some minced garlic on a slice of bread, chuck it under the grill for a couple of minutes, and there you have it, garlic bread! But this is VeganMoFo, I needed to do something special. So I put the garlic in the bread.
And not just any garlic. Roasted garlic!
Have you ever roasted garlic? No? Well, I was a little apprehensive too at first, to be honest. A whole bulb of garlic? Isn’t that a bit much? Well, actually, no. Roasting the garlic both brings out its natural sugars, and tames its sharpness. So a whole roasted bulb of garlic actually tastes fairly mild.
It’s actually very easy to roast garlic. Heat your oven to 200C/400F, chop off the top of a bulb of garlic (the bit that sticks up), sprinkle over some oil, salt, and pepper, and wrap the bulb up tight in some foil. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes (or longer if you’re doing more than one bulb, or a gigantic bulb), and leave to cool. You can then grab the bulb from the base and squeeze it like a tube of toothpaste…and the garlic will come out! Like a paste! It’s magic, really it is.
In this bread I put the roasted garlic paste in the actual loaf itself. It’s delicious. If you wanted some super extra garlicky flavour, then cut off a slice of the baked loaf, top with some garlic butter (minced garlic in vegan butter), and place under the grill. Keep vampires away for months.
Roasted Garlic Bread
- 1 bulb garlic
- 1 tsp olive oil
- pinch salt + pepper
- 300g strong white flour
- 1 tsp dried yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 250ml hand hot water (hot enough so you can just hold your little finger in for a few seconds)
- 1 tbsp vegan butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F
- Begin by roasting your garlic bulb. Chop the top off the bulb – the bit that sticks up – trying to make sure each clove is slightly open. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and wrap in tin foil. Bake in the oven for 50 mintues.
- Once garlic is baked and cooled, begin your bread. Mix together the flour, yeast, salt, and parsley in a large bowl.
- Squeeze the roasted garlic from its skin, and mash it with a fork until it forms a paste. Mix this into the flour mixture.
- Slowly add the hot water, stirring, until a dough is formed.
- Knead for 8 minutes, until the dough is stretchy but firm.
- Cover the bowl and place in a warm area to rise for two hours.
- Once risen, punch down and form into a log shape. Place dough into a greased loaf tin, and back into your warm place for a further half an hour.
- Meanwhile, Preheat your oven to 215C/420F.
- Once the dough is risen, place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Turn the heat down to 180C/355F and continue to bake for a further 30 minutes.
- Remove the bread from the oven, and brush the top with the melted butter (This stops the crust from being too hard).
- Leave to cool before slicing.