This bread is simple and delicious, i used pre-made (frozen) yeast roll dough for this instructable although i have made it with homemade bread dough. To be honest , as much as i love fresh baked bread products, for this recipe there is really little to no difference in the finished project so use whichever you want. We make this for our tailgating parties as well as when we make a big pan of lasagna or baked ziti, so we have garlic bread to go with our leftovers.
The hands-on time with this is very short (maybe 10 minutes?) but don't forget to allow time for the dough to rise (which can take up to 4 hrs) this time will vary depending on your environment (how warm/humid your house is) If you find it isn't rising fast enough you can heat your oven to 200, then turn it off ,and put the bread in there to rise. If your bread rises too fast, and you want to wait to bake to time it with your meal, you can put the loaf into the fridge until you are ready to bake.
Step 1: Decide on the Size of Your Loaf
Pick the pan you want to use, i make this both in a loaf pan and in a bundt cake pan (you can set a round container of sauce in the center after baking to make presentation fancier) take out enough of the dough to fill the pan not quite half way. let these sit while you get the herbs ready.
Step 2: Chop Chop
For a loaf pan i used 2 large cloves of garlic, and about 1/4 cup of fresh basil and oregano, and two tablespoons of dried 'Italian' seasoning. All of my cooking tutorials are big on the concept of "to taste" and small on specific amounts, Play around with the seasonings to find your perfect blend. Melt these together with a few tablespoons of butter (i used microwave but if you prefer a pan go for it). Set aside and get back to the dough.
Step 3: Chop Some More
Cut each dough ball into quarters, toss these in a bowl with the herbs and butter. If the dough is still too frozen to cut, you can wait a few more minutes, but don't let it become soft before you finish or you may have problems tossing together the ingredients.
Step 4: Mmmm Cheese
Toss in a big handful of Parmesan(1/2 cup?), after mixing that add a big handful of mozzarella (I add the mozzarella last because of its softer texture)
Step 5: Prepare Your Pan
grease the bottom and sides of your pan, then transfer your dough into it, Sprinkle another 1/4 cup mozzarella on top, spray a piece of plastic wrap with oil (u can do this manually..but so much easier with cooking spray) place the wrap over the pan and let it rise until double in size.
Step 6: Bake at 350 Degrees
until all lovely and brown on top (make sure the dough inside is cooked through too!) this should take about 20 minutes. Cool the pan on a wire rack. Yummy!
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