Thursday, October 8, 2015

Asiago Garlic Bread

Ruthy here with cute baby pics!

Magdalena Ruth Jamison.... Welcome to the planet, darling!
And then there's this one:

I cannot get skinny when I bake fresh bread.

That is just the truth of the matter. There is something so mind-boggling, satisfyingly good about perfect bread, that we should stop all this Don't Eat Bread nonsense and act like real people for a change.

Having said that, we'll all be heavy and mad at ourselves, but this bread is amazing and worth it when you need a great dinner bread.

Take my simple White Bread Recipe that I use from Betty Crocker's Cook Book, older-than-the-hills edition:

3/4 cup very warm water
2 packets yeast (I use Rapid Rise in big packs, so I measure out about a tablespoon +)

Mix in big mixing bowl.


2 2/3 cup water
3 Tablespoons of shortening
1 tablespoon of salt
1/4 cup sugar
5 cups bread flour (high gluten flour. Go big or stay home, right???) You can also make this wirh all purpose flour, but I buy the 25 lb. bags at Sam's Club.

Beat on low, then on medium for about 4 minutes, until batter is s-m-o-o-t-h.

Add 4 cups of flour. Change beater to dough hook. Mix in on low and let the mixer knead this heavy dough for you.

If kneading by hand, knead for at least five minutes, plotting stories as you go. Hand-kneading is GREAT therapy if you're like really mad at someone. I'm not even kidding! :)

Grease the inside of a large bowl (I use the same one I mixed in.) Put kneaded dough in bowl, then flip it to make sure all surface areas are lightly greased. Cover with towel and let rise until double. (Now, if you're using rapid rise yeast, you can actually let it rise a little, then form your loaves, and let them rise double... Your choice.)

Once the dough is risen, punch it down, separate it into three equal lumps and you'll need three 8" x 4" loaf pans, lightly greased or sprayed with cooking spray.

Roll one section of dough out to about a 9" x 12" rectangle, give or take. Then this is what you're going to have on hand: Shredded Asiago cheese, Italian seasoning, Granulated garlic, salt and I sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the top. I buy the Asiago in a wheel or half-wheel and I cut it up into wedges and throw them in a freezer bag. Then when I need one, I just grab one out, defrost it in the microwave for about 40 seconds, and it's perfect for shredding!

Roll out dough:

Take one/third of the cheese, sprinkle over dough. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, salt and garlic over cheese. Press in lightly with hands. The roll dough, starting with side farthest from you.

Keep rolling, making sure you don't leave big air bubbles in the middle... So it's okay to smoooosh the middle a little!

Once rolled, tuck the ends underneath the roll and set in greased loaf pan.

I brush the tops with olive oil, then I sprinkle Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and Parmesan cheese on top. Press lightly.

Bake at 400° for about 30 minutes, depending on size of pans. Bigger pans might take 40 minutes. The smell of your house right now, with this bread cooking is amazing. If you're going to sell your house, ever, make sure this bread is cooking while people come to look. Yes, they will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars because it smells this good.

Bread should have golden bottom crust and sound a little "hollow" when tapped.... Remove from oven, turn out bread onto wire racks and brush all surfaces with butter while warm (This helps seal bready-gooness in and it doesn't stale so quickly)

I sell this on my produce stand... but mostly I eat it.

And my family eats it.

And it's so good.

That's all I'm sayin', how blessed are we to live in a place so filled with good things???? Crazy blessed!

And here's Elijah, meeting his baby sister for the first time:

And here is a sweet glimpse at a marvelous book duo:

Ribbons & Roses, my duo with my buddy Mia Ross, and I love this so much! I did a new Kirkwood Lake novella for this duo, and it just makes me smile to think of Sophie June's story! Sacrificial love... it's the kind of thing that should never, ever, ever go out of style!

Here is the link for this sweet Kindle Collection!


  1. Babies and bread! What a great combination!

    That recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook is what launched my bread baking career. I love it. Simple enough to be able to learn as you go, but oh! So delicious! And I love the garlic/cheese variation. I'll be making this today :)

    And that baby! Oh, I love the name. And the big brothers are SO ADORABLE! (Don't tell them I said that - men hate being called "adorable").

    You are truly and well blessed, Ruthy dear. I'm smiling for you in the Black Hills!

    1. I will take your smiles and run with them! This is such a stinkin' cute time to have babies and fall and pumpkins and all that good stuff.

      God is good... and you know, when you've lived long enough, or seen the other sides of life, the joys are so beautifully magnified.

      And yes, this recipe ROCKS. Jan, you're right, it's easy and it makes the most delicious bread!

  2. Wow. You made me crave bread. And also crave babies! It's been too long since I've had a baby to hold. But I must be patient. :)

    1. Oh, I cannot resist bread when it's here. FRESH BREAD is addictive. And babies are so cute, right? I had Lena here yesterday, and she's so stinkin' cute! She looks like her mama and her Aunt Sarah, and she's just beautiful!

  3. Yummy bread recipe I'll have to try. Like Missy I'm craving it, but I got my baby fix last night holding a 2 month old while keeping the nursery. I love babies, little Lanie Ruth came just in time for fall snuggling season. I'd have a hard time putting her down and wouldn't get a thing done.

    1. Tracey, yes, this is truth!!!!! She's so huggable!

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    1. Thank you!!!! Delighted grandmother here!!!!