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Garlic Cheddar Twists  recipe
Prep Time
10min
Cook Time
2hr
Total Time
2hr 10min
SnackSideVegetarianVegan

Cheesy bread is one of my favorite things to eat…. and to make! This garlicky, cheesy bread is easy to make, fun to twist, and a delight to eat. With short rise times and a quick spell in the oven, these little breads come together quickly, just in time for that special dinner.

Ingredients

10 Servings
(1 serving = twist )
  • 4tbsp
    unsalted butter (or plant-based butter)
  • 2tbsp
    of minced garlic (about 4 - 5 cloves)
  • 2cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 2tsp
    active drive yeast
  • 1tsp
    kosher salt
  • 3/4cup
    water (plus a little more if needed)
  • 1cups
    cheddar cheese (or plant-based cheddar)

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce-pan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted fully, add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and just starting to brown (1 - 2 minutes). Take off the heat.

    Step 1.1: Melt the butter in a small sauce-pan over medium heat
    Step 1.2: Melt the butter in a small sauce-pan over medium heat
  2. Place the flour, yeast, and salt in a stand mixer or large bowl and mix lightly. Add the water and the garlic butter (with the minced garlic). Using the dough hook, mix the dough for 2 minutes on low. If doing by hand, mix with a wooden spoon until you have a shaggy dough. Check to see if you need a tbsp more of water, in case the dough isn’t coming together how you’d like.

    Step 1.1: Place the flour, yeast, and salt in a stand mixer or large bowl and mix lightly
  3. Once you have a shaggy dough, increase the speak to to medium-low and let knead until you have a smooth dough (about 4 - 5 minutes).

    Step 1.1: Once you have a shaggy dough, increase the speak to to medium-low and let knead until you have a smooth dough (about 4 - 5 minutes)
  4. Take the dough out of the stand mixer, and knead by hand for 30 seconds.

    Step 1.1: Take the dough out of the stand mixer, and knead by hand for 30 seconds
  5. Take a bowl, oil it with olive oil, then place the dough in it. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled (about 45 minutes to an hour).

    Step 1.1: Take a bowl, oil it with olive oil, then place the dough in it
    Step 1.2: Take a bowl, oil it with olive oil, then place the dough in it
  6. Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a clean, flat surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough so you have a long 18” by 12” rectangle. Don’t worry if it’s not exact, or you can’t quite get the rectangle shape.

    Step 1.1: Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a clean, flat surface
  7. Next, facing the long edge of the rectangle, cut 1 - 1/2 to 2’ strands of dough. The ends might be shorter in length, but that’s okay.

    Step 1.1: Next, facing the long edge of the rectangle, cut 1 - 1/2 to 2’ strands of dough
  8. Taking one strand, use both of your hands to roll the dough into a thin, circular strand. It should be fairly long. Repeat the same step with the other strands until all of them are done. (Note: they do not all have to be the same size or the same width.)

    Step 1.1: Taking one strand, use both of your hands to roll the dough into a thin, circular strand
  9. Next, grease a cookie sheet or similar-sized pan. Place one strand of dough on the pan. Make a ‘U’ or horseshoe shape with the dough. Then braid the dough so you have a twist. You can either pinch the dough at the opposite end so it’s a ‘closed twist’ or leave it open. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough, separating each twist by at least two inches so there’s enough room for the dough to rise.

    Step 1.1: Next, grease a cookie sheet or similar-sized pan
    Step 1.2: Next, grease a cookie sheet or similar-sized pan
    Step 1.3: Next, grease a cookie sheet or similar-sized pan
    Step 1.4: Next, grease a cookie sheet or similar-sized pan
  10. Cover the pan with a damp towel or greased plastic wrap. Let rise until puffy, but not quite doubled in size (about 30 - 40 minutes).

  11. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

  12. When the twists are puffy and just the way you like them, add the cheddar cheese on top. You can add as much or as little as you like. Be careful not to have too much of the cheese on the sides of the pan, as they’ll melt and can be hard to clean.

    Step 1.1: When the twists are puffy and just the way you like them, add the cheddar cheese on top
  13. Bake the twists for 5 minutes. After the first five minutes, turn the tray and put back for a further 5 minutes, or until the breads are done and the cheese is brown in parts. (Check frequently). Take out of the oven and let cool.

    Step 1.1: Bake the twists for 5 minutes

Tips & Tricks

  1. You don’t have to use cheddar for these twists. Asiago, Parmesan, Mozzarella, and a whole host of other cheese would go great if you want to try them out! Use Vegan cheese if you want to make this plant-based.

  2. You could easily add some herbs into the dough as it comes together. Some ideas: sprinkle in some oregano or a little onion powder before you add the liquids. You could also cook a 1/4 cup of chopped onions along with your garlic and add to the dough for more texture.

  3. Though these are called ‘twists’, there’s absolutely nothing holding you back from trying a different shape. The only thing to remember is that the dough is very thin because it’s extended to make the twist shape. This will be important when it comes to baking times.

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Rachel Zorn Kindermann

(@rkindermann)

I'm a plant-based eater and food writer dedicated to making cooking and plant-based eating approachable and fun! I'm the creator of Samosas and Mimosa... Read More

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