This Sunday in Australia we celebrate Father’s Day. Though my dad is no longer with us I celebrate this day for the fathers in my life – my husband and my dear father-in-law, and in memory of my own father. For me it is a day to show our Dads that they are appreciated and loved. Yummy comfort food helps, I think. And what can be more comforting than bread and butter.
This tear and share garlic bread is perfect….soft white bread, fragrant garlic and oodles of butter!
What are we waiting for?
Happy Father’s Day.
adapted from “Jamie’s Comfort Food” by Jamie Oliver
800g bread flour
1 x 7g dried yeast
1 teaspoon salt
550ml warm water
100g stale breadcrumbs
6 large cloves garlic, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
125g butter, at room temp (see note)
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Note: My preference is for salted butter but Jamie uses unsalted, I will leave that up to you
I make the dough in my stand mixer with the dough hook but you could easily make it by hand. In the bowl of the stand mixer place the flour, yeast and salt. Add the warm water and knead in the stand mixer on low until well combined. Increase speed a little and continue to knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to stand in a warm place until the dough is doubled – about 1 hour.
In the meantime make your butter. I like to crush the garlic with my mini mortar and pestle with a little bit of salt but you can just use a garlic crusher if you prefer. Mix the garlic with the butter, as much parsley as you want (I like more than Jamie recommended), lemon rind and cayenne pepper.
Take a large baking tray – mine measured about 25cm x 35 cm – and spread about 1/3 of the butter all over the base and sides, sprinkle with breadcrumbs making sure they get all the way up the sides.
Divide your risen dough into 35 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and arrange in the baking tray.
Spread the dough with another 1/3 of the butter then allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until almost doubled in size.While you are waiting preheat the oven to 190C/375F.
When ready bake for 30 minutes or until well risen, golden and cooked through.
Hit the buns with the last 1/3 of butter!
Spread the butter well over the hot buns..
…then serve and enjoy!