French Bread With Roasted Garlic and Mozzarella

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Easy, delicious, and the perfect complement to just about any meal!

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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients


Gather your ingredients:

5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages fast rising yeast (or 2 scant tablespoons)
2 cups hot water
1 egg
1 head of garlic
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Step 2: Roast the Garlic


I tend to do this in the toaster oven.  Peel as much of the paper off the garlic as possible while leaving the head intact.  Place in the middle of a piece of aluminum foil.  Drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil over the garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and seal the foil.  Put in the toaster oven for about 45 minutes (this will give you just enough time to finish the rest of the bread). 

Step 3: Mix the Bread Dough


First, preheat the oven to 425.

Then mix together 4 1/2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast.

Step 4: Add the Hot Water to Make the Dough


Add the hot water and mix into a dough ball.  I find a wooden spoon works well for the initial mixing, then I knead the dough by hand for a few minutes until it's smooth.  Cover with a damp paper towel and let rise for about 20 minutes.

Step 5: Roll Out the Baguettes


Use the remaining flour to dust your work surface.  Separate the dough into two halves, and roll out into rectangles.

Step 6: Roll Up the Dough


Roll each baguette lengthwise and set seam side down on a baguette pan or baking sheet.  Cover, and let rise for another 15-20 minutes.

Step 7: Brush With Egg Wash


Once the dough has finished rising, make 4 shallow slices on top of each loaf.  Brush each loaf with beaten egg.

Step 8: Add Garlic and Cheese


By this time, the garlic should have finished roasting.  Squeeze the garlic into a small bowl and add just a bit of olive oil.  Mix together together to form a thick paste.  Spread the paste on top of the egg washed baguettes.  Then sprinkle the mozzarella on top.  You may want to press the cheese into the dough just a bit to make sure it sticks.

Step 9: Bake


Bake the bread at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes until the bread is golden and has a hollow sound when you tap it.  Let the bread cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing.  Enjoy fresh out of the oven :)

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    JilleeBreeze

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I have been a bread maker since i was ten.. love to find new ideas... thank you so much.. you have inspired me to put in a few of my bread recipes. sure looks yummy and the idea of mixing the garlic with oil into dough fabulous!

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    mictain666

    8 years ago on Introduction

    how would you go about to make the garlic flavor all throughout the dough and not just on top, cause i wanted to make a lightly flavored garlic bread for hot dogs o.0

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    jakesmommymictain666

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I think what I would do is roast the garlic, make it into a paste (by mashing and adding just a bit of olive oil), then mix that in with the dough. This should give a nice, subtle garlic flavor.

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    jakesmommyjen7714

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! It's super easy and delicious (and so much cheaper than buying baguettes at the grocery store), so I tend to make it every couple of weeks.

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    jakesmommyjen7714

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I've always just used all purpose flour, but I'm sure bread flour would be fine. This us a really robust recipe that holds up well to all different kinds of changes i have tried.