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bored herb and garlic cheese roll.
I’m bored. So bored.
It can’t possibly get any worse…
...can it?
Ugh, I take that back it can get worse. I have to do something, anything (as long as it’s productive). I think I’ll bake.
I'm feeling...
something that’s fun to make (and so puts an end to this boredom),
something I can throw together with a few pantry ingredients,
something that’s savoury, delicious, and full of flavour,
something that’s not so involved that it turns boredom into stress…
  • I’m bored
  • I’ll bake
  • Herb and Garlic Cheese Roll
  • Butter, Garlic, Cheese
  • Exciting
This roll has the perfect ratio of butter, garlic, cheese and basil to bread. Delicious! It’s fun to make and, excitingly, the boredom all but disappears in the process.
herb and garlic cheese roll.
Print Recipe
Prep time: 30 minutes, Rest time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, Bake time: 30 minutes
Makes 1 loaf
  • 1 tsp, heaped, active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup + 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 ½ tbsp honey, warmed
  • 1 ¾ cups + 1 ½ tbsp (290 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 tbsp (28 g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ cup (42 g) grated cheddar cheese
  • Pinch of table salt
I’m bored - let’s do this…
Put parchment paper inside of a loaf pan. Set aside.
Pour the warm water and honey into a large bowl. Stir in the yeast.
Slowly mix in the flour and salt and knead together until it becomes a rough mound. You can do this by hand or use a stand mixer.
Starting to feel a little less bored…
Continue to knead the dough for 5 minutes, on a floured surface, adding more flour as needed, until it appears smooth and well incorporated.
Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place for 40 minutes.
It’s hard to (continue to) feel bored when I’m being so productive.
Make the garlic butter: mix the butter with the garlic. Set aside.
Roll out the dough, then generously spread the garlic butter on top (reserving whatever’s left to be used later), sprinkle the basil and cheese on next. Roll it up.
Okay, this part has me officially shifting into “fun” territory.
Place the roll in the loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place for 40 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Melt what’s left of the garlic butter in the microwave and brush the loaf with it. Sprinkle the loaf with salt.
Bake for 30 minutes, on the lowest rack in the oven until it becomes golden brown.
The smells floating in the air – garlic, butter and melting cheese, bring excitement for what’s to come….
Cool slightly before slicing into rounds and enjoy with a dollop of leftover garlic butter.
Well, the boredom’s gone - it’s been replaced with fun, and I’m left with a tasty snack. Excellent!
bored herb and garlic cheese roll.
bored herb and garlic cheese roll.
(Recipe and Photos courtesy of Emotional Baking©)
Feel. Bake. Better.
It’s not just about baking something to get you through the day.
It’s not about eating the whole tray to feel better.
It’s about getting lost in the process.
It’s about enjoying every moment.
It’s about sharing it with people that support and care about you.
Baking can be a lot of things – it can be distracting but simple, it can be movement with focus, it can be whatever you need when you need it. Choose a recipe to fit the mood and it becomes a useful tool as well – baking to quiet the mind, to connect with your emotions, or simply baking to feel emotional. Just think of the feelings you get and the emotions you experience when baking your favourite dessert…. excitement, relief, fulfillment, joy, accomplishment.
At Emotional Baking, our recipes can be the starting point to somewhere - it can lead you to a place of great comfort, one that feels like the beginning of something, something good...
A note for anyone who needs it:
Baking, while wonderful, can only help so much...
If you’re struggling in any way,
If you feel alone or you need help,
Contact your primary care physician or follow the links below to find help in your area. You are never alone!
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