- 250 g (9 oz) strong flour
- 28 g (1 oz) yeast
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) soft brown sugar
- 150 ml (5 fl oz) water
- 30 ml (2 fl oz) olive oil.
- 110 g (4 oz) unsalted butter
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Cracked black pepper
- Rock salt.
- Mix the flour, yeast, sugar, water and olive oil together to form the dough. This works best if you have a mixer.
- Using your hands, knead the dough well for about 10 minutes. Set aside in a bowl and cover loosely with clingfilm. Leave to prove for approximately 20 minutes at room temperature. The dough should almost double in size. The cling film prevents a skin forming on the surface of the dough.
- Knock back the dough. To do this, push some of the air out of the dough by gently punching the dough in the bowl a few times. Put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to form a thin base. Dust your fingers with flour and then lightly press them into the dough to make dimples that will hold some of the garlic butter while it cooks.
- Allow this to prove again (approx 20 minutes) – if you want to keep a thin base do this slowly in the fridge.
- Melt the butter in a pan and add the chopped garlic.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the salt and pepper.
- Place a baking tray in the oven and pre-heat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7 (this will help create a crispy base to the garlic bread).
- Paint the surface of the proven flat bread with a little of the garlic butter.
- Carefully slide the bread onto the tray in the oven and bake it for approximately 10 minutes, until cooked through and looking golden.
- Remove it from the oven and immediately pour over the remaining garlic butter. Serve warm.
Did you know?
The Egyptians were among the first to cultivate onions and garlic on a grand scale. They gave it to the slaves that built the Pyramids to enhance their endurance and strength. The ancient Romans and Greeks also honoured this strength-enhancing quality. Their athletes ate garlic before sporting events and their soldiers consumed it before going off to war.