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In the Caribbean, local bakeries provide a wide selection of pastries and local pieces of bread. Hard Dough Bread is a household staple for sandwiches, for dipping into soups or stews and always slathered in butter for a quick snack. However, this homemade version puts a savory spin on Hard Dough Bread by adding some roasted garlic for an extra depth of flavor. We all love the aroma of fresh bread wafting through our homes, so give this recipe a try and hypnotize your friends and family with your Hard Dough Bread with Roasted Garlic. Best paired with hot Jamaican Chicken Soup.
- 40 g fresh Garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1000 g Bakers Flour
- 550 ml Water
- 12 g Instant Dry Yeast
- 12 g Salt
Peel garlic cloves and crush them into large pieces and place the cloves into a bowl.
Mix in olive oil.
Weigh and sift all dry ingredients and place them into a stand-up mixer bowl. Using a dough hook, mix on slow speed for 2 minutes.
Add margarine and garlic. Continue mixing while adding water slowly.
Switch mixer to fast speed and fully develop to a glossy and pliable dough clinging to the dough hook (about 5-8 minutes).
Remove from the mixer to lightly floured table.
Divide into three pieces and mold round.
Cover and rest for 10 minutes to allow the dough to recover.
Now roll the dough pieces into a batard shape (long oval)
Place onto a light oiled sheet.
Proof in a cool, enclosed space (for example, a cupboard) for 30 minutes.
After proofing, score along the top of the dough.
While preheating, place an empty metal water container (for example a cake pan) on the bottom shelf of the oven.
Place the dough pieces on the center shelf.
Quickly fill a water container with 1 cup hot water.
Spritz inside of oven sides with light water spray.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool.
It can be served warm with your favorite filling or eaten with olive oil as a dip or served with soup.
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