Who doesn’t love garlic bread? And this tear-and-share style is always a winner. I’ve written the recipe for 12, because it’s an easier quantity of dough to work with. What I like to do is make up both pans of bread, then whack one in the freezer, ready to bake another day – you won’t regret it.
1 x 1/4-oz package of dry yeast
3 1/3 cups bread flour, plus extra for dusting
1 3/4 oz white or whole-grain bread
1 big bunch of Italian parsley (2 oz)
3 cloves of garlic
7 oz light cream cheese
GET AHEAD: You can do this on the day, if you prefer. Pour 11/3 cups of tepid water into a large bowl. Add the yeast and mix with a fork for 2 minutes. Pour in the flour and a good pinch of sea salt, then use a fork to mix until you can’t move it any more. Now, get your clean hands in there and bring it together as a ball of dough, adding more flour, if needed, to stop your hands and the dough sticking. Knead on a flour-dusted surface for 5 minutes, or until silky and elastic. Shape into a rough ball, place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean damp kitchen towel, and proof in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
Meanwhile, tear the bread into a blender and blitz into crumbs. Rub two 12- x 18-inch pans with olive oil, then evenly scatter over the breadcrumbs. Tear the top leafy half of the parsley into the blender. Peel and add the garlic, then blitz until fine. Squeeze in the lemon juice, add the cream cheese, blitz again until smooth, then season to perfection, tasting and tweaking.
Knock the air out of the dough by punching it with your fist, then divide into two. One piece at a time, pull and stretch out on an oiled surface to 20 x 12 inches. Spread over half the cream cheese mixture, leaving a 2-inch border along the longer side that’s farthest away from you. Now, take your time to roll up the dough, starting in front of you, so you end up with a long jelly roll shape. With a sharp knife, cut the roll into 18 pieces, then place in the pan, swirl-side up, arranging them fairly close together. Cover and proof in the fridge overnight (45 minutes, or until doubled in size, if making on the day).
TO SERVE Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Uncover and bake on the top rack for 20 minutes, or until golden. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil, to serve.
THE FREEZER IS YOUR FRIEND
With the second pan of garlic bread, shape and proof for 45 minutes, then cover and freeze until needed. Simply bake from frozen for 25 minutes.
Excerpted from Together: Memorable Meals Made Easy by Jamie Oliver. Copyright © 2020 by Jamie Oliver. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved.
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