Garlic Bread Swirls

Every time my niece Tasha comes over to spend a weekend at Dubai with us, she and I always try and bake something. She is very excited when it comes to baking and always has immense ideas on what we can do and how we can do things (This doesn’t just for food though:)). Last weekend, my manni and her had come over to spend sometime with us. Contrary to her usual self, she just didn’t express her usual interest in what I had made for her neither was she really interested to bake anything. She seemed a little dull in general. So, I decided I will bake something for her anyways to see if she does get excited during the process and sure enough, she did get involved during the whole process. She wanted to click pictures of the finished product but forgot about it and got busy watching something on her iPad :). I got to click a pic while she was helping me out :).

Anywho, what I baked for her were these gorgeous garlic bread swirls which I came across here. I only took the idea from here but didn’t follow the recipe from there. I used a basic pizza recipe for the dough & then spread a generous amount of garlic butter & cheese on the pizza dough :). The end product was soft, chewy and nicely golden garlic swirls.The batch I had made yielded about 15 and it was completely cleaned wiped by everyone in the house :). This was again one of those recipes which got a huge thumbs up from my MIL, FIL, Adya & Dinesh (I do have quite a few recipes like these now and they are super duper keepers for me I tell ya). Anyways, try this one and I am sure you will fall in love with it!!

Garlic Bread Swirls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Passive Time
1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 15 pieces
For the base
  • 1.5 cups brown flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water + 1/8 cup water
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
For the garlic butter
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 6-7 pods garlic
  • 1 tsp dried italian seasoning
For the garlic bread swirl finale
  • 1 cup processed cheese (I used a mix of mozarella & mild cheddar)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp brown flour (for dusting)
For the base
  1. In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients - flour, salt, sugar & yeast.
  2. Bring the water up to a lukewarm temperature. 

  3. Toss in the oil & water and mix well. Note - Reserve the 1/8 cup water and add that bit by bit since depending on the flour, you may not need it all.

  4. Mix well to form a smooth & pliable dough. 

  5. Cover the bowl with a lid & set it aside for an hour. The rested dough will double in it's quantity.
For the garlic butter
  1. Blend or grate the garlic pods.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, blended/ grated garlic & Italian seasoning.
For the garlic bread swirl finale
  1. Dust a tsp of flour on a big knife board (any flat surface) and flatten the dough using a rolling pin.
  2. Once the dough is spreaded out to the desired shape, smear the garlic butter all over the dough (just leave a small gap around the edges).
  3. Sprinkle the cheese all over the dough.
  4. Gently roll the dough to form a tube like structure.
  5. Slice the dough to 1 inch pieces and gently place them on a greased baking tray.
  6. Brush the edges of the rolls with some oil. 
  7. Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven of 180c (In my oven, I did 10 minutes of bottom-top flame & 5 minutes of top-bottom flame).
  8. Remove from the oven & let it cool down for a few minutes before you dig in to the cheesy oozy goodness :).
Recipe Notes
  1. In case you do not have yeast or do not have time to wait for the yeast to work it's magic on the base dough, please refer to the garlic bread recipe I had posted a while back and use that as your base in this recipe. 
  2. I no more use milk in my basic dough recipe. Refer to this link on the measurements. 

Stepwise pictures

For the dough

In a large bowl, add the flour, instant yeast, salt & sugar. Give it a quick mix.

In a microwave bowl, mix the water & milk and make it lukewarm. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix well.

You will get a smooth pliable kind of dough. Set this aside for 1 hour by covering it with a cling wrap or just a plate.

After an hour, the quantity of the dough would have risen (ideally doubled).

For the garlic butter

In a small bowl, add together grated/ blended garlic, melted butter & italian seasoning.

Mix well. Set it aside.

For the garlic bread swirl finale

Once the dough is risen, punch the air out and roll it out flat using a rolling pin (dust some flour before rolling it out).

Spread the garlic butter evenly on the dough. Just leave a small gap around the ends.

Sprinkle as much or as less cheese as you would prefer.

Roll it carefully.

The end product should resemble the shape of a tube 🙂

Cut into inch size even pieces and lay it out on a baking tray.

Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top and bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated oven at 180c (I did a bottom-top heating the first 10 minutes and a top-bottom heating the last 5 for the browning on top).

Let the garlic bread swirls cool down for a bit after they bake and then dig into the oozy cheesy garlicky soft spongy goodness 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. Parul says:

    5 stars
    They look so yummy! What’s brown flour ? Wheat ?

    • Sowmya says:

      Hey, thanks so much :). And yes, you can wheat flour that is labelled as brown flour. These are good for baking and stuff. You live in the US right? Look out for kingarthur flour. They have the brown variant as well as white whole wheat flour. All these are really good for baking and you won’t miss the all purpose flour/ maida even a bit!

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