If you love baking bread, but a full loaf is too large for you, then how about this perfectly portioned Chilli Cheese Garlic Bread for Two? Cheesy, spicy, garlicky and just enough for two. Toast it, dunk it in curry, make grilled cheese, or just eat it straight out of the oven. You can now enjoy freshly made bread with no leftovers, even if it’s just the two of you – or one of me!
Super soft bread with a crisp crust, and extremely flavourful. Don’t want the cheese? Skip it and flavour it however you like. Or just bake it plain. This bread is awesome nevertheless!
As with all bread, this one too begins with yeast. The perfect proofing temperature is 38°C. Too hot and you’ll kill the yeast. Not warm enough, and the yeast will not activate. Let it sit in a warm spot till it’s frothy and bubbly.
While the yeast is activating, mix together the rest of the ingredients. Pour in the activated yeast and knead to a smooth dough. They say kneading dough is therapeutic. It’s true. On a clean work surface, knead the dough with firm strokes, using the base of your palm to stretch the dough away from you. You are done when the dough springs back lightly when touched.
Cover and let it rise in a warm spot until the dough has doubled in size. Punch down the air and shape into a small log, about 4″ long. Place in an oiled baking tray, cover and let rise again until doubled in size.
Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and the internal temperature reads 200°F. Slice and enjoy your Chilli Cheese Garlic bread for two!
I made a quick Bruschetta with tomato and grilled peppers – Chop seeded tomatoes, jalapenos and onions. Heat Olive oil in a pan and sauté some grated garlic until golden brown. Remove from heat and pour on the chopped vegetables. Grill some bell peppers in a 500°F oven for 25 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let cool before skinning it. Chop up the skinned peppers and add to the chopped and tempered vegetables. Season with salt and lime juice. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Toast the bread slices in butter. Top with this awesome 5 minute marinara, the prepared vegetables, more cilantro and enjoy!
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