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Herby Garlic Cheese Bread

This Garlic Cheese Bread is homemade, freezer friendly, and packed with flavor. It is a showstopper side for any pizza, pasta, or salad. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 dough pieces, one garlic cheese bread
Calories 593kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups water, lukewarm see note

For Garlic Herb Cheese Bread

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, see note
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated, see note
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

Making the Dough

  • Combine dry ingredients.
  • Gradually mix in olive oil and then water until a slightly sticky dough is formed. Err on the side of too sticky versus too dry. If you get too much water, just add a little flour. You should be able to handle it easily when floured.
  • Knead 10 minutes by hand or 6 minutes in an electric mixer.
  • Remove dough and divide into 6 equal pieces.
  • Let rise for at least 30 minutes at room temperature or rise and store in the refrigerator up to 3 days. 

For Freezing the Dough

  • Spray the inside of sandwich bags with cooking spray or coat with olive oil. Place one dough piece inside each bag.
  • Combine all the individual sandwich bags into one freezer bag (prevents freezer burn) and store in freezer until needed.
  • Remove from freezer the morning you need them and let thaw and raise at room temperature. You can also place them in the fridge the night before.

Making the Garlic Herb Cheese Bread

  • Preheat oven and baking stone (or overturned sheet tray) to 500 degrees (F).
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan with 2 crushed cloves of garlic. Let heat through for 3 minutes to infuse the garlic flavor into the butter.
  • Roll or toss out dough until it is 1/8-1/4 inch thick. You don't need to form a crust, this will naturally happen.
  • Brush one side with the garlic butter, then turn over and place buttered side down on a sheet of parchment. 
  • Brush the top of the dough with the garlic butter. 
  • Top with both mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Only top your pizza when the oven is heated and you can bake it immediately.
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes, until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
  • After baking, sprinkle with fresh herbs.
  • Let cool slightly on a wire rack or vented pizza tray for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

The dough recipe will give you 6 pieces of dough to bake pizza or cheese bread from, the recipe provided for the Garlic Cheese Bread is for topping just one of these dough pieces.
The exact amount of water you will need for this recipe (or any baking recipe) can vary quite a bit. This is due to altitude, humidity, and weather. I live in an arid high-desert mountain climate, so often my readers need to less water if they live at a lower elevation with more humidity. If too much water is added, simply add more flour gradually until the proper consistency is reached. 
The amount of cheese you use is up to you. I like a lighter layer of cheese which is reflected in the given measurements. 

Nutrition

Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 969mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 4.7mg