My boys love to help in the kitchen. Of course they overstay their welcome and dust a little extra flour on the floor, but they’re happy. And if they’re happy, mommy’s happy. After seeing numerous pictures of heart shaped pizzas on Pinterest, I thought it would be a fun activity for Valentine’s Day. Except, if you ever watch my oldest eat a pizza, he’ll take everything off and only eat the bread and as he calls it ‘the red sauce’. And I literally mean everything, including the cheese. So, instead we made just the bread, heart shaped Garlic Bread.
Before getting started I wanted to share a few tips that has helped me to stress free cooking with the kids. It’s important to be prepared prior to calling the little ones in the kitchen. Set up and pre-measure ingredients, and if possible, give the kids separate stations with separate utensils. It might also help to assign jobs prior to starting. It’ll give them an overview on what to expect and who will do what. Now, that’s not saying there won’t be any questions, you’ll still get the 100 questions during each step. And lastly, my fellow mom, they will make a mess and it’s okay. It’s going to be okay because you will add a clean up step. Have them help you clean up.
This is a very quick and easy dough recipe that I’ve used for many pizza crusts and bread sticks. From start to finish, these heart shaped garlic breads will be ready in less than one hour. Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!
Quick and Easy Garlic Bread
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
2 cups of All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp. of Instant Dry Yeast
1/4 tsp. of Salt
1 tbsp. of Sugar
2/3 cup of Luke Warm Water
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp of garlic powder
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Here’s what you do:
In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add water and mix until well combined.
Next, gradually add the second cup of flour until it forms a smooth and firm dough. Shape dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, dust flour on the board, mat, or counter where the dough will be rolled. Then preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease and sprinkle cornmeal on a sheet pan. (Cornmeal is optional) After 15 minutes, the dough will have risen, however, not quite doubled in size. Put dough on the surface dusted with flour to prevent sticking. Roll out dough into a flat rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes. Re-roll scraps of dough and cut out more hearts until all of the dough is used. Place hearts on the greased sheet pan.
Now for the butter topping. In a small microwaveable bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Mix in garlic powder. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of the dough with butter. Then generously sprinkle parmesan cheese over the tops as well. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, just until lightly golden on top. Once done, brush the tops with the remaining butter. Serve with your favorite marinara or alfredo sauce for dipping.
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