Cheese, Garlic and Thyme Bread
3 cups plain flour
1 tbs (2 x 12gram sachets) dried yeast
2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm milk (soy can be used as a substitute)
2 tbs melted butter (margarine can be used as a substitute)
2 cloves crushed garlic (if you like it with a big kick like I do use 4)
1 tsp dried thyme
½ – 1 cup grated tasty cheese (you can use vegetable rennet cheese if you are a vegan/vegetarian or feta for a more authentic Greek feel to it)
- Mix flour, dried yeast, caster sugar and salt in a bowl.
- Form a well in the centre of the dried mixed ingredients and add melted butter and warm milk.
- Using a wooden spoon, blend the mixture well then use your hands and bring it together to form the dough.
- Place the dough onto flour dusted surface and kneed until the dough is smooth and pliable – anywhere from 10-15 mins.
- Grease a bowl with brushed in olive oil and place the dough inside and cover with a damp tea towel. Now place in a warm dark place for 45-60 mins or until the dough has risen (about twice its original size).
- Take the risen dough and place onto flour-dusted surface and knead for a few minutes until the dough has returned to its original size.
- Punch a hole in the dough and place the garlic, cheese and thyme and knead through taking your time to ensure it goes through all the dough.
- Twist the dough mixture and shape it into square. Put it in a loaf tin which has been brushed in olive oil to prevent the bread from sticking then slash the top of the bread with a sharp knife. Finish off by sprinkling some more thyme on top. The twisting makes the bread easier to separate but you can also make it into a pull apart by loosely plaiting it or cutting it incompletely into squares.
- Place a damp towel over the bread tin with the dough in it and let it rise for another half an hour in a dark warm place.
- Once it has risen place the bread tin in a preheated oven of 200 degrees Celsius until cooked – usually an hour but you can check with a cake tester which needs to come out clean when put through the middle of the bread.
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(C) T. Altman 2016
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