If you love the garlic twists from your favorite pizza place as much as we do, this recipe is for you. Not only are these Garlic Parmesan Twists really good, but they are a much healthier option too!
What Makes These Twists So Good?
Garlic, parmesan, and herbs?? What is not to love. That flavor combo is always a winner.
You can make these in the comfort of your own home. They are not hard to make and a fun bread the whole family can help shape the rolls.
They are a healthier roll as I used a mix of whole wheat flour and white flour. This blend keeps them tasting like the rolls you expect, but adds a healthy twist. You can also use 100% whole wheat or 100% white flour, this recipe will go both ways.
- Whole Wheat Flour- I used a spelt flour, but you can always use a white or red wheat. Kamut or einkorn are great too if you are wanting an ancient grains.
- All-purpose flour- Using a mix og both flours keeps these rolls light and fluffy. As mentioned above, you can use all white or all wheat if you prefer.
- Milk- this really helps in keeping the dough tender.
- Olive oil- you can use butter if you prefer, but I love the olive oil in this bread.
- Sugar- or honey. It only takes a teaspoon. You can leave it out if you don't want a sweetener.
- Salt- This is used not only for flavor, but also keeps the yeast in check.
- Instant Yeast
- Butter- I like the olive oil in the dough, but butter for the filling.
- Parmesan- I like to freshly grate mine as the flavor is better.
- Garlic powder- You can also make this with minced garlic, but I really like the garlic powder better.
- Oregano- A must!
How To Make
This bread is simple to make through a process called straight dough. What it means is everything is added to the mixer at once. Start with 1 ½ cups flour. I love my Bosch mixer for this job!
Mix for about 1 minute, then check the dough. The dough should be slightly sticky (tacky), but not so much that it will stick all over your hands when you touch it. I like to mix for one minute as it gives the flour a little time to incorporate.
If you need to, add in ¼-½ cup flour then mix again. Once the dough is how you want it, mix on medium speed for 6 minutes.
Cover and let the bread double in a warm place. Next, roll your dough into a rectangle that is 12x18 inches.
Mix the melted butter, parm, garlic powder, oregano, and parsley in a bowl. Spread half of this over the bread.
Then fold the rectangle in half. It should now be 6 inches by 18 inches. Cut the dough into strips. They should be about ¾-1 inch strips by 6 inches.
Twist all the pieces and place them on a baking sheet. I used 2 for mine, but you can squeeze them onto 1 if you want.
Cover and let them rise until they are doubled. At the end of the rising time, preheat your oven to 395 degrees.
When the rolls are doubled, place them in the preheated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown.
Remove from the oven and brush with the garlic parmesan mixture.
There are several things that are important to know when you are working with whole grain flour that I have learned over the years. Let me share a few.
It is really important to make sure these are mixed well. The 6 minutes is what I really recommend, or even a little longer.
Along the same lines, make sure and give the dough a full rise. This will be when it is doubled. The time it takes will depend on the heat in your house and the humidity. Mine generally takes between 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours.
These will bake quickly, so keep an eye on them. Make sure not to overbake them. They should be just golden brown.
Make sure and reserve half of the garlic parmesan mixture to brush on top after they have baked. The dough will suck up so much of that filling, I really think it is good to add more on top.
I love serving these our meals, soup, salads, or even dipping in a great marinara.
FAQ Garlic Parmesan Twists
Yes!! That is why I always try and incorporate it into my baked goods. It has a higher nutritional value and of course a lot of fiber.
You can. If you prefer you can use 100% white flour.
These are best baked and eaten the same day. However, if you want to make the dough ahead of time you can. Mix the dough, then transfer to a buttered bowl. cover the dough and place it in the fridge. The next day, remove it from the fridge and bring it to room temp. Shape as per directions and bake as directed.
Garlic Parmesan Twists
- 1 cup warm milk I like it to be about 100 degrees
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 ½ teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour I used spelt, but you can use white or red, kamut, einkorn, rye, etc.
- 1 ½-2 cups all-purpose flour
Garlic Parmesan Filling
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- ½ cup finely grated parmesan
- 2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Add all ingredients for the bread dough to your mixer. Start with 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Check the dough, you want it to be tacky, but not too tacky (sticky).
- If you need to add more flour, add another ¼-1/2 cup. Mix and check again. Once the dough is ready, mix on medium speed for 6 minutes.
- Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place until it is doubled. In my house, this takes between 30 minutes- 1 hour 30 minutes. It will depend on how cool the house is and what the humidity is.
- Combine your filling ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Roll your dough on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle about 12 inches by 18 inches. Spread half of the garlic parmesan fill over the rectangle.
- Then fold the rectangle in half. It should now be 6 inches by 18 inches. Cut the dough into strips. They should be about ¾-1 inch strips by 6 inches. You can see in the photos in the post.
- Twist all the pieces and place them on a baking sheet. I used 2 for mine, but you can squeeze them onto 1 if you want.
- Cover and let them rise until they are doubled. At the end of the rising time, preheat your oven to 395 degrees.
- When the rolls are doubled, place them in the preheated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and brush with the garlic parmesan mixture.
- That is it! Enjoy these while they are piping hot. That is how we like them best!