Friday, November 16, 2012

Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls

Warm tender bread filled with melted cheese and toasty garlic seasonings and dripping with butter... I can't think of very many simple pleasures in life to surpass this.  I can't!  My 2-year old girl nicknamed these babies "cupcake bread" because they are baked in a muffin tin.  She's spot on.  I usually skip the dessert on nights I make these and just indulge in seconds (or thirds.. maybe fourths) on the bread.  

{Side note} kind of a funny story: So I'm trying to take a picture of these rolls and they seemed to be giving off a heavenly glow.  At first I thought it was the lighting, but after repositioning I was still getting this glow.  Yes, the glow could be coming from within the garlic bread swirls, they are heavenly, but it turns out my lens was dirty.  ha ha  I felt pretty silly once I realized it. :p

Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls
From Our Best Bites, adapted egg free by Egg Free Bakery

1 Tbsp. yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
4-5 1/2 cup flour
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Garlic Butter:
1/2 c. (1 stick) of real butter, no substitutions
1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic bread seasoning
1-1/2 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

 Combine yeast, water, and sugar in large mixing bowl and allow to stand 10 minutes or until bubbly. Add salt, vegetable oil and 3 cups flour. Mix well until combined. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough that barely sticks to your finger. Knead, either by hand or in mixer for another 2-3 minutes. Cover and allow to rise 1 hour. While dough is rising, combine butter and garlic bread seasoning. Set aside. Once dough has finished rising, punch down dough and place on lightly floured counter or counter top sprayed with cooking spray. Roll your dough into a rectangle that’s about 18-20 inches by 6 inches. Smear garlic butter over the entire surface of the dough and then sprinkle with cheese. Roll up jelly-roll style and then use dental floss to cut into 12 equal slices. Place each slice in a muffin tin. Cover with a clean cloth. Preheat oven to 350 and allow rolls to rise while the oven is heating. When the oven is ready, bake for 18-22 minutes. You’re going to need to keep a CLOSE eye on these during the last 10 minutes or so–once you notice the cheese getting brown, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the rolls (you don’t need to press it down or anything, just lay it on top). This will keep the cheese from burning.  Remove, let cool a little and serve!  Great with Italian themed meals or soups.  Yield: 12 rolls

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