Herb, Garlic and Parmesan Loaf

Why not give this herb, garlic and parmesan loaf a go the next time you go to a barbeque. Nothing bets a fresh loaf of bread and it tastes so much better than your typical store brought garlic bread from the supermarket. We served this loaf at a family barbeque alongside garlic butter. This recipe makes enough for two loaves.

– 2 T active yeast
– 2 T sugar
– 2 C warm water
– 2 t salt
– 3 t dried rosemary
– 2 t dried basil
– 2 t dried oregano
– 5 cloves minced garlic
– 5 C flour
– 1/2 C grated parmesan cheese
– 2 T olive oil plus some for brushing on top
– 1/3 C sunflower seed plus 2 T for on top of loaves

1. In a bowl of a mixer combine warm water and sugar then sprinkle over yeast. Leave for 10 minutes for yeast to active and foam up.
2. Add salt, rosemary, basil, oregano, garlic and parmesan.
3. Attach dough hook to mixer and add in flour and olive oil followed by sunflower seeds.
4. Knead on medium speed for 5 minutes.
5. Remove hook and let dough rest until doubled in size.
6. Preheat oven to 190 °C.
7. Divide dough into two and shape into round loaves on trays dusted with flour.
8. Use a knife to make some slits in the top of the loaves, brush with olive oil and sprinkle over 1 T of sunflower seeds onto each loaf.
9. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow inside when tapped.
10. Allow to cool on rack and serve that day.