Makes 2 Baguettes, 2hours Preparation, 1hour cooking

This is truly superior garlic bread. Everyone's loves it and will be really impressed to learn you have made it yourself – The Great British Bake Off eat your heart out!

Ingredients

For the baguette:

  • 250g/9oz strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 5g/¼oz salt
  • 5g/¼oz fast action dried yeast
  • 30ml/1fl oz olive oil, plus extra for oiling
  • 180ml/6fl oz water

For the garlic mixture:

  • 1 head of garlic
  • splash olive oil 
  • pinch salt 
  • pinch sugar
  • 1 x 125g/4½oz buffalo mozzarella

Method

  1. For the baguettes, place the flour, salt, yeast, olive oil and most of the water in a food mixer with a dough hook attached, taking care not to let the yeast touch the salt until you begin mixing. 
  2. Start mixing on a slow speed, gradually adding the rest of the water until you have a smooth dough. This should take about five minutes.
  3. Tip the dough into an oiled bowl, cover and leave the dough to prove for two hours.
  4. Tip the dough out onto an oiled surface. Dust your hands with a little flour and divide the dough in two.
  5. For the garlic mixture, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Smash the head of garlic to release the cloves and place them in a roasting tin, still in their skins. Add a splash of olive oil and a pinch each of salt and sugar and toss together. Cook in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until caramelised. 
  6. Remove from the oven and, when cool enough to handle, squeeze the soft, roast garlic out of their skins. 
  7. Press the garlic cloves into the baguette (add them to taste) as you shape the dough into a baguette shape. 
  8. Place on a baguette tray or a large baking tray, cover and leave to prove until it has doubled in size. 
  9. Heat a roasting dish in the bottom of the oven and pour in some water to create some steam (this will help form the crust). Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7 in a non-fan oven.
  10. Just before baking, slash the top of each baguette three times. 
  11. Bake the baguettes for 30 minutes. Then drop the temperature to 200C/400G/Gas 6 and cook for 10 minutes. The baked baguettes should be golden-brown and have a slight sheen to them.
  12. Remove the baguettes from the oven and leave to cool.
  13. Once cooled, preheat the grill to hot. Slice the bread, top with mozzarella and grill until melted and bubbly.

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