Fasting in Ramadan makes you, of course, hungry. While you imagine in the afternoon what you will eat after sunset, the first bites often bring disillusionment. The stomach is empty and therefore small. This quickly leads to a feeling of fullness when you eat. And soon you will find that you can only eat a small part of what you originally wanted to eat. For me, the perfect Iftar menu consists of soothing soup (check out my recipe for vegan harira), a salty snack (check out my recipe for leek quiche) , and a light dessert (check out my recipe for mahalabia with sugared nuts). The soup provides you with liquid and nutrients, the snack is filling, and the dessert boots the sugar balance. Today I will share with you a snack that is just perfect for your stay at home Ramadan. Cheesy garlic bread!
Cheesy garlic bread tastes all around the year, not only in Ramadan. Fluffy yeast dough is spread with a marinade consisting of olive oil, garlic, and herbs. What makes it so great for Ramadan is that it does not keep you for hours in the kitchen and many people like it. And now, as we have to stay at home, the garlic smell doesn’t bother anyone either.
Cheesy garlic bread is not among the healthiest snacks. Flour, cheese, fat, that’s it. To make it healthier, I added some whole wheat flour to the dough. I use pure olive oil of good quality, no butter or margarine! Also, I don’t fill the bread with too much cheese. Oregano, parsley, coriander, and chili round off the flavor of this delicacy. If you don’t like it spicy, you can substitute the chili with finely cut sweet peppers!
Be sure to try this wonderful cheesy garlic bread!
Ingredients for 3 pieces of bread:
for the dough:
- 350g all-purpose flour
- 150g whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- lukewarm water, about 300ml
for the garlic marinade:
- about 8 tablespoons olive oil
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon fresh coriander
- a pinch of salt
- 150g grated cheese (e.g. mozzarella)
- 1-2 chilis or 1 sweet pepper
- 2 tablespoons dry oregano
- some all-purpose flour to sprinkle
- Put all the dry ingredients for the dough into a bowl and add the water little by little. Knead everything well for about 10 minutes until you have a soft and non-sticking dough. Then, cover the dough and let it rest for about 1 hour until double in size.
- Next, let’s make the garlic marinade. Therefore, peel the garlic cloves and grate or chop them finely. Mingle the garlic with the olive oil and add the finely chopped parsley and coriander. Also, add a pinch of salt. The marinade is ready!
- Line your baking tray with parchment paper. Then, sprinkle your countertop with some all-purpose flour. Afterward, divide the dough into 3 equal parts. Roll out the dough pieces one after the other in a rectangular shape. Spread the dough with a little bit of the marinade, sprinkle some grated cheese on the lower half of the dough and also put some finely chopped chili or sweet peppers on top. Close the bread by folding the upper half of the dough over the lower half and press the edges together.
- Afterward, transfer the bread to the baking tray. Now, brush the surface with a little of the marinade, sprinkle it with oregano, and cut the top side with vertical lines. Prepare the next pieces of cheesy garlic bread the same way and place them also on your baking tray. Let them rest a little before you bake them.
- While the cheesy garlic bread is resting, preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F. When the oven is hot, put the baking tray into the oven and bake the bread for about 15-20 minutes.
The cheesy garlic bread is ready when it is nice and golden. It tastes best when it is warm, but not too hot!