Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Bread

INGREDIENTS: 3 1/2C bread flour
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 pkg or 2 1/4 tsp instant/rapid rise yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp thyme
1 1/2 tsp basil, divided
8 cloves garlic, divided
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4C milk
1C plus 2 Tbsp warm water
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and divided
6-8 Tbsp Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS: Add first 5 dry ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer, plus 2 cloves of garlic, minced and 1/2 tsp basil.

With mixer on low, add olive oil, milk and warm water. Increase speed as needed, mixing until dough pulls away from the bowl, shape into a smooth ball.

Transfer dough to a large greased bowl. Cover and place in a warm location until double in size.

Roll out dough to a 12×20-inch rectangle. Generously brush with 3 Tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp basil, Parmesan cheese and remaining 6 cloves of garlic, minced.

Carefully cut into 6 equal strips, layering on top of each other. Cut into 6 equal stacks. Transfer dough squares to a lightly greased 10-inch loaf pan. Cover loosely and allow to rise for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prior to baking, drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp melted butter. Bake for 35 minutes, covering with foil if necessary to prevent over browning.

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