Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stuffed Garlic Bread


A few years back, I successfully recreated Domino's garlic bread at home. Since then, several people have written to me saying they tried baking the bread and loved it. So when Domino's launched a new version that has become my favourite, I felt it's about time to recreate that one too.

The stuffed garlic bread at Domino's comes filled with cheese, corn and jalapenos (and that's why I made these pickled jalapenos). But the basic bread recipes remains the same. So first off, heat 1/2 cup water until it's warm but not hot. You can do it on the stovetop or microwave it for 15-20 seconds. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of active dry yeast and let proof for 5 minutes. By this time, the yeast will be bubbling. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and a cup of plain flour. Stir everything together until the flour is all blended in, then cover and let rise until doubled.

Once the dough has doubled in volume, add another 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Knead for around 5 minutes until you have a smooth dough. Resist the temptation to add more flour as you knead it, you want the dough to be quite wet. Move the dough to a new container and let it rise again until doubled.

After about 40 minutes, preheat your oven to as high as it goes. Lightly flour your counter and roll out the dough into a circle as thin as you can. Grate cheddar cheese (or what commonly sells as pizza cheese) and spread about 1/2 cup evenly over one half of the rolled dough, leaving at least 1/2 inch border cheese-free. Sprinkle 1/4 cup boiled corn kernels over the cheese and add 5-6 jalapeno rings. Fold the other half over the cheese stuffing and press the ends to create a closed pocket.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush the paper with olive oil. Transfer the garlic bread to this parchment lined baking sheet. Brush olive oil on top and cut into strips with a pizza cutter. Bake until browned on top, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with dried oregano just as it comes out of the oven. Wait a few minutes before eating as the cheese filling will be very hot.

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