Saturday, March 24, 2012

GREEN GARLICKY STICKS

In keeping with our belated St. Patrick’s Day meal theme, I decided that nothing goes better with fresh green pasta (topped with fresh green spinach pesto) than fresh green garlic bread. These are lovely and tasty.

Ingredients:
1 ¼ cups very hot water
1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves
1 Tbs. olive oil
3 cups bread flour
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. sea salt
2 ½ tsp. active yeast
Garlic salt for dusting
 
Directions:
Pour hot water and spinach in a blender and puree. Pour spinach mixture and olive oil into a bread machine. Top with the flour. In one corner, pour in the sugar. In the opposite corner, pour in the salt. Dig a small well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast. Set the machine on “dough” setting. Start. (Mine takes 1 hour 50 minutes). When the timer goes off, let sit in the bread machine for 15 minutes. Take out and divide dough into 12 sections. On a lightly floured surface, gently form each ball into long sticks. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake for 12 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden brown. HOWEVER, AND THIS IS KEY – spray the loaves with water every 3 minutes until done. After the first spray, lightly sprinkle the sticks with garlic salt. KEEP SPRAYING EVERY 3 MINUTES. Remove from oven. Spray one last time. Serve warm (though they are great cool as well).

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