Garlic and Thyme Bread

Richard Fox's tasty loaf is flavoured with chopped garlic and fresh thyme and makes a fabulous savoury accompaniment or snack
Garlic and Thyme Bread
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  • Serves: makes 1 loaf
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 2 hrs rising
  • Effort: medium


  • 250 g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150 ml warm water
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pinches sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bunches thyme, chopped


1. Put the flour into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.

2. Dissolve the dried yeast in the warm water and leave for 5 minutes.

3. Pour the water and yeast into the well and add the salt and sugar.

4. With a wooden spoon, start mixing the flour with the yeasted water, gathering the flour in from the sides, working outwards and make a firm dough.

5. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 8 minutes.

6. Flatten the dough into a circle and add the chopped garlic and thyme.

7. Fold the dough over and then knead for a further 2 minutes until the garlic and thyme are mixed through.

8. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.

9. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7

10. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes and shape into an oval loaf.

11. Make 2.5cm slashes in the dough with a very sharp knife and leave to stand for 10 minutes.

12. Dust with flour and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. The bread is ready when you knock the bottom and it sounds hollow.

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