Wild Garlic Bread

If you fancy going out and trying your hand at foraging there isn’t much of a better time to start than now. Wild garlic is one of the best things to look for as it’s so distinctive; you smell it before you see it, the leaf is fairly specific and if you’re still not sure you can tear the leaves and do an additional sniff test before you start taking it home. I fancied my hand at baking some Wild Garlic Bread, sort of tear and share style, so off I sauntered to my favourite wild garlic spot to get picking.

Wild GarlicI feel I should say at this point that if you do have a bash at finding (and eating) some wild food, do make sure you know what it is you’re picking, that you’re allowed to pick it and that you give it all a good wash when you get home. Having made it sound all very regimented and dull, foraging for food is one of my favourite things. Armed with a few books I have learnt so much so fast about what’s edible nearby. If you’re a little cautious about it, I have seen wild garlic available at farmers’ markets and from vegetable box companies. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before supermarkets start stocking it…but that does sort of defeat the point. I don’t think it’s ‘wild’ if it’s wrapped in plastic.

Wild Garlic BreadFor one tear and share bread you will need:

  • 400g strong white bread flour
  • 300ml warm water
  • 7g sachet fast action yeast
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • Handful wild garlic leaves, washed and chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Wild Garlic BreadThis is a perfect lazy Sunday recipe. Go for a wander in the morning to pick the garlic then get the bread mixed, proving and baking while you relax at home.

Add the flour, yeast and salt to a bowl (keep the yeast and salt separate) then add the warm water. Bring together to make a dough then knead for 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface until nice and stretchy.

Place a damp tea towel over the bowl and leave for one hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

Make a wild garlic butter by beating the butter, chopped wild garlic, salt and pepper together until well mixed. It will turn your butter slightly green.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a floured surface. Flatten it out; you don’t have to be particular about this, just roughly flattened. Spread 2/3 of the butter mixture over the dough then knead lightly to incorporate the butter throughout the dough.

Divide the dough into 12 equal sized balls and arrange them on a baking paper covered baking tray. Ensure the balls are touching. You can go to town on the shape you want to make; spirals, flowers, all sorts but I stuck to a 3 x 4 arrangement. I’m not very artistic.

Cover the tray with some lightly oiled cling film and leave for 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190C. Melt the remaining wild garlic butter and brush the top of each roll lightly with it.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden on top and baked through.

Wild Garlic BreadI don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I was so pleased and impressed with how this turned out! The bread was lovely and soft with a faint whiff of garlic throughout. The wild garlic leaves added a speckled effect throughout the bread and the brushed butter on top of each roll gave it an additional flavour and bit of crunch. This is a great way to make the most of wild garlic while it’s around and I bet it would be amazingly tasty with some grated cheese added to the top before baking.

If you want to go outside and rummage around for edible plants, do take a quick look at my foraging top tips.

Comments

  1. says

    Luck have it I managed to get some wild garlic today! I was visiting my family and there are blankets of it growing in the woods, so I grabbed a little of it and now I know what I am going to do with it. These rolls look great 😀

  2. says

    LOVE how soft and fluffy your rolls are. I’m not sure I can get wild garlic, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled when the farmers’ market opens.

  3. says

    Wonderful! I have never thought of making bread with wild garlic. How delicious and healthy.
    My sister lives in Slovenia with her family and in the woods they find lots and lots of wild garlic. My dad made pesto with it, a fish sauce, soups but never bread. I will pass on this recipe!

  4. says

    This is extremely impressive! You can totally tell how good these came out – from that lovely crust to the promise of a soft fluffy texture inside. I love lots of garlic on almost all things. I may not be forging for wild garlic any time soon but I will try to get my hands on some garlic bread asap. : )

  5. says

    I have never had wild garlic…but can imagine the taste and the flavor of it…the bread must taste awesome…they sure look light and fluffy.
    Have a great week Caroline 🙂

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  1. […] If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I love to forage for food but I don’t stop at simple sloe gin or wild garlic pesto. Oh no. For this Wild Garlic Tear and Share Bread I made some wild garlic butter and got baking. Well worth a try if you can get hold of wild garlic but it would also be great with wet, smoked or black garlic. Full post here. […]

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