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Swirled Garlic Herb and Cheese Bread

Swirled Garlic Herb and Cheese Bread

Swirled Garlic Herb and Cheese Bread is a delightful creation that combines the richness of cheddar cheese, aromatic herbs, and garlic in a soft and buttery dough. Perfect for impressing guests or simply elevating your meal, this bread is best enjoyed warm right out of the oven with a touch of salted butter.

Why Make This Recipe

This bread not only tastes amazing but also adds a visual appeal to your table with its beautiful swirled pattern. It’s a wonderful choice for gatherings, adding a homemade touch that everyone will appreciate.

How to Make Swirled Garlic Herb and Cheese Bread

Ingredients

  • Dough
    • ¾ cups buttermilk, at room temperature
    • 2 ½ tsp instant yeast
    • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
    • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 3 ½ – 4 cups bread flour
    • 1 ¼ tsp salt
    • 6 tbsp salted butter, at room temperature
  • Filling
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 6 tbsp salted butter, at room temperature
    • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
    • ½ cup fresh chopped basil
    • 2 tbsp fresh chopped thyme
    • 1 tbsp fresh chopped oregano
  • Topping
    • 2 tbsp salted butter, melted
    • ¼ tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine room temperature buttermilk, instant yeast, granulated sugar, eggs, 3 ½ cups bread flour, and salt. Use the dough hook attachment to mix until the flour is fully incorporated, about 4-5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of room temperature butter and mix until combined, an additional 2-3 minutes. If the dough is sticky, gradually add more flour, ¼ cup at a time, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  2. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot. Let the dough rise for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  3. While the dough is rising, prepare the garlic and herb butter filling. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, chopped garlic, Parmesan cheese, basil, thyme, and oregano.
  4. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it out onto a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle, approximately 12 x 18 inches. Spread the garlic and herb butter evenly over the dough, then sprinkle with shredded Cheddar cheese.
  5. Starting with the long edge closest to you, roll the dough into a log, keeping it tight as you go. Pinch along the edge to seal.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut the log of dough in half lengthwise, leaving a small portion at one end intact. Twist the two halves over each other, repeating the twisting until you form a long, twisted dough.
  7. Carefully transfer the twisted dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm spot for an additional 45 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Uncover the risen dough and brush the top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter mixed with garlic powder.
  9. Bake the bread for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bread is cooked through.

How to Serve Swirled Garlic Herb and Cheese Bread

Serve this bread warm, allowing guests to tear off pieces and enjoy the gooey cheese and flavorful herbs. It pairs perfectly with soups, salads, or as a standout appetizer.

How to Store Swirled Garlic Herb and Cheese Bread

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat briefly in the oven before serving to restore its freshness.

Tips to Make Swirled Garlic Herb and Cheese Bread

  • Ensure the dough is rolled tightly to maintain the swirls during baking.
  • Customize the herbs based on your preference, using a combination of fresh herbs for the best flavor.
  • Experiment with different cheeses like mozzarella or Gruyère for varied tastes.

Variations

For a spicy twist, add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes or diced jalapeños into the filling mixture before rolling.

FAQs

Q: Can I use active dry yeast instead of instant yeast?
A: Yes, you can substitute active dry yeast for instant yeast. Use the same amount, but you may need to proof it in warm water with a pinch of sugar before adding it to the dough.

Q: Can I freeze this bread?
A: Yes, you can freeze the baked bread. Wrap it tightly in foil or plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. Thaw and reheat in the oven before serving.

Q: How do I know when the bread is fully baked?
A: The bread should be golden brown on top, and tapping the bottom should produce a hollow sound, indicating it’s cooked through.

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