Apr. 10th, 2017

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When my daughter was tiny she always called Garlic Bread "Dalek Bread", because she was brought up in a properly Whovian household and we thought it was cute and we never bothered to correct her. These days she is a much more world weary 13, but we still have one of these, which is the perfect size for a loaf of bread...

Equipment
  • One Dalek baking mould
  • Two big mixing bowls (or one Kenwood Chef)
  • Weighing Scales
  • Oven
  • Large, clean, dry, flat work surface

Ingredients
  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fast Action Bread Yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary
  • A good 20 grinds of black pepper from the pepper grinder
  • 360ml hand-hot milk
  • Some light olive oil

Method

If you're lucky enough to have a working Kenwood Chef (or similar) throw it all in and set it going with the dough hook. For those of us whose Kenwood Chef is broken, however...
  • Put all the dry ingredients in one of your mixing bowls and mix them together so they are all evenly distributed. You can use a well-washed hand for this, you'll be using your hands a LOT in this recipe.
  • Pour in the milk and a little dribble of oil - no more than a tablespoon of oil - and then mix throughly with your hands till you get a (quite sticky) dough
  • Oil your work surface with some more of the olive oil.
  • Knead. Knead like your life depended on it. Or, if you're me, get [personal profile] matgb to show off his kneading prowess.
  • Oil the inside of bowl #2
  • Place your kneaded D'Oh in the oiled bowl, cover the bowl with clinging film, and leave it to rise until it is roughly doubled in size. This will take a couple of hours. Go have a bath or something.
  • When the dough is doubled in size, oil the inside of your dalek.
  • Knock back the dough on a floured surface, roughly shape it till it fits the dalek, and then carefully fit it into the mould
  • Leave it to prove in the dalek
  • Preheat your oven to 220oc/gas mark 8
  • Once the bread is proved and the oven is preheated, bake for about 30 minutes.
  • Take it out, tip it onto a cooling rack, and leave to cool completely before cutting into it.

Your end result should look like this, and be very tasty and garlicky.

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