Garlic & Herb Pull Apart Bread
Dough: 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 tsp Salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
In a mixing bowl combine water and yeast, allow to sit for about 5 minutes. then add the remainder of the ingredients and using the dough attachment knead/mix the dough for 5-7 minutes until it forms into an elasticy ball. (if you do not have a mixer, knead by hand for 6-8 minutes) Now place in a cleaned greased bowl and allow to rise for 1 -2 hours or until it is atleast doubled in size. Punch down the middle and roll out onto a floured surface. Using a rolling pin roll the dough out into a large square, and then cover and allow to rise for about 5 minutes. Now, top with the seasoning spread (directions below).
In a microwave safe dish place 1/2 cup of butter melt for about 10 seconds or just until softened enough to spread, not melted! Now, add smashed minced garlic, parsley, and salt to the butter and mix well to combine. I allowed my spread to sit and marinate while the dough rises. Once you have your dough rolled out cover the entire top of the dough with a thin coat of spread, and then top with a sprinkling of fresh grated parmesan cheese. Now, slice your dough into three even parts (picture below) and stack ontop of one another. Then, chop into approx. 7 smaller sections (picture below) Next, place all the stacks into a greased bread pan, and allow to rise for about 20 minutes or until the dough has risen up above the sides. Cook for approx. 30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. If the top becomes browner then you'd like lay a piece of aluminum foil over it while it finishes baking.