This Thermomix Garlic Bread is soft and chewy and infused with delicious garlic butter. It's the perfect starter or accompaniment to any meal.
The bread here is based on a Japanese milk bread. That means it is light, fluffy, soft and chewy and is just perfect for creating a pull-apart bread that soaks up all that delicious garlic butter.
Of course, you could just buy a baguette and smother it with garlic butter. But one of the strengths of the Thermomix is its ability to knead bread in minutes.
And trust me, once you try this homemade garlic bread, you won't want it any other way!
Why you'll love this recipe
- It is light, fluffy, soft and chewy and doused in delicious garlic butter.
- The Thermomix does all the hard work for you.
- It is perfect for a starter or for a side dish with so many different meals.
- It's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
You will need the following ingredients for this recipe. Exact quantities can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
For the garlic butter:
- Butter - I prefer salted butter but you can use unsalted and then add salt to taste.
For the bread:
- Milk - using milk instead of water in this bread helps make the bread softer. This is perfect for creating a pull-apart bread, and also for soaking up the garlic butter.
- Instant yeast - this recipe uses instant yeast, which doesn't require sugar to activate it. If you are using a different type of yeast, such as fresh yeast, then read this article to learn how to substitute it. This recipe calls for two teaspoons of yeast - if you have sachets, then one 7g sachet is fine.
- Flour - bread flour is generally considered the best flour for baking bread because of its higher protein content. This helps create gluten, which creates chewiness in bread. However, for this recipe I usually just use good quality plain flour (all purpose flour).
- Salt - this not only gives flavour to your dough, but it also strengthens it.
- Olive Oil - helps to tenderise the dough and give it some extra stretchiness.
Optional: If you want to make cheesy garlic bread, you can also add some grated cheese of your choosing.
How to make Garlic Bread in the Thermomix
There are a few steps to making this garlic bread:
- Make the garlic butter
- Make the bread dough
- Proof the bread dough
- Assemble the garlic bread
- Second proofing of the dough
- Bake the bread
Full instructions with exact steps can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: Make the garlic butter
Making garlic butter in the Thermomix is super quick and easy. You just need to chop the garlic and parsley, and then add the butter and mix.
Now set it aside but don't refrigerate - you need it to be soft enough to easily spread over the bread dough.
Step 2: Make the bread dough
The Thermomix makes light work of making bread dough, doing all the kneading for you.
Start by adding the milk, yeast and sugar and mixing over a low heat. Then you just add the flour, salt and olive oil and let the Thermomix do all the hard work.
Step 3: Proof the dough
Now it's time to proof the dough. To do this, place it in a large, lightly oiled bowl and cover it with a damp tea towel.
Now leave it somewhere warm to rise. You want it to double in size and be pillowy and soft. The time this takes will depend on how warm your house is. It should be around 1.5 - 2 hours.
Step 4: Assemble the garlic bread
Now comes the fun part!
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knock out the air. Shape it into a rectangle with your hands and then use a rolling pin to roll it out to a large rectangle approximately 45cm x 35cm (18" x 14").
Use a knife to spread out the garlic butter all over the dough. Save 1-2 tablespoons for brushing on top once it is cooked.
Top Tip: If you want to add some grated cheese to your garlic bread, now is the time to do it.
Now, starting at the long edge, roll the dough up into a long scroll shape.
Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 18 equal portions.
Take each portion and stretch the dough over the garlic butter-covered sides, pinch the seams and roll it into a ball so that the garlic butter is tucked inside.
Top Tip: You may find it difficult with some of the inside portions to cover up all the garlic butter sides fully - don't worry, just do the best you can.
Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the dough balls onto the tray in rows of three (you will have six rows in total). All the balls should be touching each other.
Step 5: Second proofing
Now it's time for the second proof. Place the baking tray on the top shelf of a cold oven, with a pan or bowl of boiling water in the bottom, and shut the oven door.
This creates a warm moist environment perfect for proofing.
Leave them in the oven for around 30 minutes. The dough balls should double in size.
Top Tip: Don't worry if the butter has seeped out and has pooled on the bottom of the tray. It will soak into the bread as it cooks.
Remove them from the oven and cover with a clean tea towel while you heat the oven.
Step 6: Bake the bread
Once the oven is hot, put the tray back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
Brush it with the remaining garlic butter, and sprinkle with some sea salt flakes if you wish. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, or serve right away.
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Thermomix Garlic Bread
For the garlic butter
- 3 cloves garlic (approx. 15g)
- small handful fresh parsley leaves (approx. 3g)
- 125 g butter
For the bread
- 330 g milk
- 2 teaspoon instant yeast (7g sachet)
- 10 g sugar
- 450 g flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 20 g olive oil
To make the garlic butter
- Add the garlic and parsley to the Thermomix bowl. Chop for 3 seconds / speed 7. Scrape the bowl down and repeat.
- Add the butter. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 4. Transfer the garlic butter to a separate bowl and set aside. Do not refrigerate as you want it to spread easily over the dough.
- Clean the Thermomix bowl before making the bread dough.
To make the bread dough
- Add the milk, yeast and sugar to the Thermomix bowl. Mix for 1 minute / 37 degrees / speed 1.
- Add the flour, salt and olive oil to the bowl. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 3. Then knead for 5 minutes / DOUGH function.
- Transfer to a large, lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to proof until doubled in size. The time this takes depends on how warm your house is, but it should take around 1.5 - 2 hours.
To assemble the garlic bread
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knock out the air. It should be pillowy and soft.
- Use your hands to shape it into a rectangle and then use a rolling pin to roll out the rectangle to approximately 45cm x 35cm (18" x 14").
- Use a knife to spread out the garlic butter all over the bread dough. Save 1-2 tablespoons of the garlic butter to brush over the top of the bread once it is baked. (If you want to add some grated cheese to your garlic bread, now is the time to do it.)
- Now, starting at the long edge, roll the dough up into a long scroll shape.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 18 equal portions.
- Take each portion and stretch the dough over the garlic butter-covered sides. pinch the seams to seal and roll it into a ball so that the garlic butter is tucked inside. You may find it difficult with some of the inside portions to cover up all the garlic butter sides fully - don't worry, just do the best you can.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the dough balls onto the tray in rows of three (you will have six rows in total). All the balls should be touching each other.
- Place the baking tray on the top shelf of a cold oven and place a pan or bowl of boiling water in the bottom of the oven. Shut the oven door and leave the dough to rise for 30 minutes. The dough should have doubled in size again.
- Remove the bread from the oven and cover with a clean tea towel while you wait for the oven to heat up.
Bake the bread
- Heat the oven to 180 C / 360 F.
- Place the bread back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, brush with the remaining garlic butter and sprinkle with some salt flakes, if desired.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool or serve right away.