How To Make Garlic & Herb Twister Bread

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There’s nothing that says ‘Welcome to my home’ better than the smell of freshly made bread and with this fantastic Garlic & Herb Twister Bread recipe from Sarah James at Tales from the Kitchen Shed your family and friends will be beating a path to your door to try it out.

Ingredients – you can find these at

Garlic & Herb Butter:

  • 150 g softened butter
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • A handful of your favourite herbs, parsley, oregano, basil, chives

Bread dough:

  • 700 g strong white bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Approx 400 ml tepid water

You will need:

  • 2 sheets of baking parchment 40 cm x 24 cm / 16″ x 9″
  • 1 small cup or glass greased around the outside
  • 1 large baking tray
  • Preheat your over – 400°F / 200°C / Gas Mark 6
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  • Make your garlic and herb butter by mixing the softened butter with the herbs and garlic.
  • Spread evenly on one layer of baking parchment almost to the edge of the paper.
  • Place the other layer of baking parchment on top of the garlic and herb butter and roll out the butter to the edges.
  • Place in fridge while you make the dough.
  • I make the bread dough in my KitchenAid with a dough hook fitted but the dough can easily be mixed by hand.

By hand:

  • Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
  • Add the oil and a little water, mix well adding a little water at a time until you have formed a ball of dough.
  • Transfer to a floured surface and knead for 10 to 12 minutes.

Food Mixer:

  • Add flour, salt, sugar and yeast to the mixing bowl, make a well add the oil and water.
  • Mix on slow speed number 1 for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Mix on number 2 speed for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Check your dough is ready by using the window pane test.

Window Pane Test:

THE WINDOW PANE TEST is a consistently reliable way to check your dough is ready. Pinch off a small piece of dough and gently stretch it apart, pulling and rotating the dough into a thin membrane, or window pane, which is translucent when you hold it up to the light.

  • Place your dough in a large greased bowl and cover
  • Leave to rest in a warm place for about one and a half hours or until doubled in size.
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.
  • Roll out each piece into rectangles approximately 40 cm x 24 cm / 16″ x 9″
  • Remove the garlic and herb butter from the fridge.
  • Peel back top layer of baking parchment and place the butter face down onto a rectangle of dough.
  • Remove remaining layer of baking parchment from your butter.
  • Top with the second rectangle of dough.
  • Cut into 6 equal strands approximately 4 cm / 1 ½” in size.
  • Stack strips on top of each other.
  • Twist together like you would a breadstick to get a long twisty rope, try to keep even twists if you can.
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  • Curve into a wreath shape and pinch the ends together to complete the circle, leaving a hole in the middle the size of your greased cup or glass.
  • Place around your greased cup or glass on the baking tray.
  • Cover with a large upturned bowl or use a large greased polythene bag to cover.
  • Leave to rise in a warm place for approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
  • See my Kitchen Shed Bread Making Tips to check when your dough is ready for the oven.
  • Remove the glass or cup from the middle of your twisted bread.
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  • Place in the preheated oven for about 35 to 40 minutes until golden.
  • Half way through baking, baste with any melted garlic and herb butter which escapes whilst cooking.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving, if you can wait that long!
    Garlic & Herb Twister Bread
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