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Garlicky Herb Twists

July 21, 2009
Garlicky Herb Twists

I love using stumble upon to discover new food blogs and recipes, and a few days ago when I was getting my regular dose of stumbling, I came upon a recipe for herb and garlic twisty bread that instantly made me sit up, take notice and mark it as a high priority baking item. With a name that has herb and garlic in it, who wouldn’t? I have got to admit, I have a thing for a recipe with garlic. Sometimes all I need to get convinced to try a recipe is to know that it had a good amount of garlic or maybe an interesting way to use garlic (remember the garlic infused oil in the baked fries? *swoon*). Don’t even get me started on roasted garlic; I could eat that for dessert.


This is one recipe that is so easy to put together. You can either use store bought pizza dough or make your own. The recipe calls for rosemary and thyme, but you can just as well use your favourite herbs. I usually don’t make the same thing twice (ah, the perils of food blogging), but I just had to make these a second time for two reasons: 1. the taste of the herby filling with garlic and parmesan was distinctively etched in my memory and 2.( ahem) the photos I took the first time weren’t quite up to the mark. I couldn’t not have these on my blog so I made these again!

Steps to making Garlicky Herb Twists

Some things I learnt while making this the second time:
  • A moist dough is always better – it resulted in such soft and pillowy bread as opposed to a very chewy one with a stiffer dough.
  • More parmesan is always a good thing.
  • You can sub your favourite seasoning mixture for the salt and pepper which makes it more likable.
  • Don’t be shy to use more than the prescribed amount of herbs.

I urge you to go ahead and make these. Don’t be surprised if you make a meal out it. Better still, serve it with your favourite garlicky dip and you’ll be in garlic heaven.

Garlicky herb Twists

Garlic Herb Bread Twists
Adapted from: Gourmet July 2009

1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (2 ounces), divided
Salt and pepper or your favourite seasoning blend
1/4 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 lb / 900g pizza dough, (or use store-bought)
1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F with racks in upper and lower thirds. Lightly oil 2 large (17- by 13-inch) baking sheets.
  2. Stir together rosemary, thyme, 1/4 cup cheese, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper in a small bowl.
  3. In a pan gently heat the olive oil and stir in the garlic until it just begins to sizzles. Turn off the heat immediately. Add 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper to it.
  4. Divide dough in half. Keeping half of dough covered with a kitchen towel, gently roll out other half into a 15- by 10-inch rectangle on a floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin.
  5. Sprinkle one half of dough with half of herb mixture, then fold dough in half crosswise from top to centre and then again from bottom to centre. Roll lightly to form a rectangle. Cut lengthwise into 9 strips (less than 1 inch wide) with a pizza wheel or a pastry scraper. Twist each strip from both ends and place on baking sheet, arranging twists 1 inch apart. Don’t worry too much if they flop back, you can just as well call them “rustic”. Next, brush with garlic oil and let stand while forming remaining bread twists.
  6. Repeat process with the second half of the dough.
  7. Bake bread twists, switching position of sheets halfway through, until golden (15-20 minutes total).
  8. Meanwhile, stir together parsley and remaining 3/4 cup cheese in a shallow baking pan.
  9. Immediately after baking, brush bread twists with remaining garlic oil, then roll in parsley and cheese until coated. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Reply mona July 22, 2009 at 2:42 AM

    oh wow! those look fantastic!

  • Reply [eatingclub] vancouver || js July 22, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Looks spectacular! I've been craving some sort of garlicky bread lately.

  • Reply Cheri July 22, 2009 at 4:46 AM

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  • Reply Nags July 22, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    these look so good and like you mentioned, so easy to make too :) love your blog!! going to try the black forest cookies this weekend :)

  • Reply Amanda July 22, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Wow those look delicious! I would definitely have made them twice, and probably more than that! :)

  • Reply Parita July 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Fantastic! loved the herbs used!

  • Reply raj July 22, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    been waiting for this post for ages now!yknow, i think i'll make these tonight and take them to my cousins in singapore! :P

  • Reply Janet @Gourmet traveller 88 July 22, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    oooh, I immediately hop over to read your post when I read your title. Must taste so delish. I wanna make herby salt myself one day : )

  • Reply Deeba PAB July 22, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Garlic is nirvana for me…these are just the kid of thing I love.FABULOUS!! Gotto try these soon! The more garlic the better is my mantra…though maybe not for dessert! LOL!!

  • Reply Bergamot July 22, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    the garlic twist looks just fab…nice wonder you made them twice.

  • Reply ChichaJo July 22, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Love garlic too! These herb twists look wonderful…going to try this as soon as I can get (or make) some pizza dough! :)

  • Reply Shaheen July 22, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Thank you so much guys! :) xoxo

  • Reply Dana July 22, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    I have tons of herbs growing in my garden (thyme, rosemary, oregano, chives, mint, sage) and this is a wonderful way to highlight them!

  • Reply Shaheen July 22, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Dana, I am super envious of you! I wish those herbs grew on my on pot herb garden. The rosemary I bought from NYC didn't survive. :(

  • Reply Ingrid July 22, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Oh, yeah! I want some of those for a meal forget the salad or pasta just give me several of those babies.

  • Reply arjwiz July 23, 2009 at 1:45 AM

    awesome awesome stuff!

  • Reply farida July 23, 2009 at 3:02 AM

    This looks so good! I love garlicky breads or all sorts (love garlic in general:) and this is speakign to me right off the screen. Must be very flavorful. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Printing it:)

  • Reply RecipeGirl July 23, 2009 at 3:58 AM

    I'm a Stumbleupon addict as well. Just so fun to see what creative things others are doing :) These look awesome!

  • Reply nandini July 23, 2009 at 6:39 AM

    I am a huge garlic fan too…. sure will try this one. Herbs and garlic ..ur kitchen must have smelled like heaven!!!

  • Reply Marta July 23, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    I'm a a grcli diva! I love it, especially on herby bread like this! I agree with you, moist doughs yield better results!

  • Reply Bulgariana July 26, 2009 at 2:18 AM

    Just tried this wonderful recipe and it is an absolute success with our guests :-) Unfortunately, we were faster than the camera

  • Reply pigpigscorner July 26, 2009 at 3:01 AM

    OH wow, fantastic! Looks and sounds so good!

  • Reply Ciao Chow Linda July 26, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Ooh I could happily eat a dozen of those.

  • Reply Shaheen July 26, 2009 at 11:50 PM

    So happy to hear that Bulgariana! The faster than the camera bit cracked me up.

    Thanks, all. :)

  • Reply haleysuzanne July 29, 2009 at 5:32 AM

    Ooh. These look to-die-for. Must…have….breadsticks and garlicky goodness. Thanks for posting!

  • Reply Megan @ FeastingonArt July 29, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    I really love things like this. Thanks for sharing, this is now on my list of 'to make' recipes

  • Reply kk July 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    oh my goodness!! these look amazing!! I will definitely make these…SOON!! =)

  • Reply Kevin July 31, 2009 at 6:33 AM

    Those garlic twists look so good!

  • Reply Jeff August 5, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    I love this idea. I do something similar but I just sprinkled the mixture over the top. Never thought about making stuffed style.

    woo hoo!!!

  • Reply Sam@BingeNYC August 11, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    These look fantastic! I am already dreaming up a bunch of herb combos to try AFTER I make these. Yum.

  • Reply MaryMoh August 24, 2009 at 2:05 AM

    awesome picture….look so delicious. I love the twisty look. I feel like I want to make it as soon as possible. Nothing is better than homemade bread. Thanks for showing and giving ideas.

  • Reply Priyanka November 17, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    These look fantastic! I can almost smell the herbs and garlic. Definitely making these this weekend :)
    Love your blog btw. I recently discovered the joy of baking and have been making bread, cupcakes, cakes and I chance upon your blog! Awesome!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie November 17, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Thanks, all.

    Priyanka: So cool! Let me know how this turns out for you.

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  • Reply Simi July 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Hi Shaheen

    I like your garlic twists recipe however I have a craving for zaatar and I have some superb Lebanese zaatar. Now my question is could I make the pizza dough as is shown for the zuchini and thyme pizza? And then do my zaatar twist from that? If so I have to bake at 200 or 250 Celsius? Pls comment.

  • Reply Pratima February 13, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    Amazing blog .. Your blog was introduced to me by some of baking addict friends .
    Could you please help me at what degree should it be baked for 15 – 20 mins . Sorry I am very new baking ….. Thanks for being so open hearted about sharing your beautiful recipes.

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