Balazs and I have a pretty similar taste in food with a few exceptions - my unconditional love for all things potatoes or his craze for eating cabbage noodles with sugar (It’s a Hungarian dish). But the one thing we are in total agreement of is garlic. Oh boy, we love it! The good part of eating garlic-y things together is that you can’t smell it on the other person, plus it's super healthy, especially in this germ-ful season. So one day last week I decided to mix things up and make a whole baking tray of delicious, ooye garlic bites with cheesy topping. We ended up eating them with hummus and chilli sauce for dinner with friends. I’m making them again tonight because they are just that good.
Here is the recipe if you fancy something wonderfully soothing this autumn Tuesday:)
Garlic Bites - Don't call it garlic bread :)
(Recipe adapted from Kelly Senyei. Makes 9-10 bites)
- 2 lbs. homemade dough*
- a dash of all purpose flour, for rolling out dough
- 1/2 cup of your favourite yellow cheese (I used Emmental cheese)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of oregano
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1¼ cups hot water
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
- 1 pound of all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 8 cloves of garlic, grated
- Extra flour for dusting
*Dissolve the yeast, sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour in hot water. In the meantime combine the flour and the salt together in a mixing bowl. Pour the dissolved yeast mixture into the flour/salt mixture and add the grated garlic. Using your hands, begin kneading the dough until it comes together. Continue kneading until all of the flour and all the garlic has been incorporated evenly into the dough. Shape it into a ball and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Divide the dough in half, keeping half covered under a kitchen towel. Roll out the other half on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin, creating a circle and divide it again into 4 pieces. Knead each individiaul piece and roll it out into a long snake before tying each strip into a knot and then arrange the knots on the baking tray. Cover them with a kitchen towel while you repeat the rolling, dividing and tying process with the second half of the dough. Bake the bites for 7-10 minutes. While your bites bake, grate your cheese and the 3 garlic cloves. Combine the garlic and the butter in a small sauce pan and cook over low heat. Cook just until butter has melted and the mixture is warm. Remove from heat and stir in oregano. After 7-10 minutes of baking, remove the bites from the oven and brush them with the garlic mixture and sprinkle generously with cheese on top. Next, place them again in the oven for additional 3-5 minutes until golden brown and fully cooked. Eat them warm on its own or with toppings. Ta dah!
Fancy a bite? Would you make them? xo
P.S: Fancy more? How about French croissants or those easy-peasy cheese scones?
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