Basil Garlic Bread

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup fresh basil (hard packed)
  • 6 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cup flour (all-purpose)

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INSTRUCTIONS

Chop basil leaves and garlic finely, or place in a food processor and chop finely. Do not turn into a liquid. Add olive oil slowly. Set aside. In another bowl add lukewarm water and sugar, sprinkle yeast on top of water. Set aside to activate the yeast; about 5 minutes. Add yeast to basil mixture and mix. Add flour 1 cup at a time till dough is smooth. Place dough on a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes. Place dough into a greased bowl. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Let rise till dough doubles in size. Punch down dough. Form dough into a loaf and place in a greased pan. Cover let dough double in size. Place loaf in a 350 F oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack.