If your family loves Pizza, this super tasty, garlic pizza bread is the perfect bake for you!
We will show you how to make your own dough for your pizza garlic bread or you can use premade pizza dough instead.
Love cheese; add some parmesan with the garlic butter for cheesy garlic bread. Or add mozzarella cheese on top for an extra stringy and delicious topping.
Here is a list of the ingredients to make this easy garlic pizza bread, including suitable substitutes and additional optional extras.Jump straight to the recipe card for full measurements and recipe instructions.
If you are looking to make your own garlic bread, one of the first decisions you will need to make is whether you want to buy a pre-made dough or garlic bread base, or make your own.
If you're looking for a quick and easy option with less prep time, then buying a pre-made base may be the best choice. Just skip to the garlic butter ingredients!
Garlic Bread Base
For those after more of an artisanal experience, making your own dough from scratch can yield delicious results. The dough can be made using plain flour, bread flour, or wholemeal flour, depending on your desired texture and flavour.
Yeast makes the dough rise nicely and gives it a lovely chewy crust. We used packet yeast for easy measuring.
Different types of yeast can also be used when creating a garlic bread base, but it is important to follow the specific instructions on the packet.
If you're using active yeast, add it to warm water heated to between 40°C (104°F) and 46°C (115°F) and stir, then set aside for about 10 minutes while you prepare the dry ingredients.
Fast Action Yeast
For fast action or easy bake yeast, add it in with the other dry ingredients there is no need to add to warm water first.
This recipe uses plain flour (all purpose flour). Although if you want the best results, opt for an '00' Italian-style pizza flour with higher protein content and better gluten structure.
Or, you could substitute for strong white bread flour to create a more elastic dough with a fantastic rise. It will require more kneading time, though.
Wholemeal flour will affect the taste and give it a coarser texture and will not rise as well as white flour.
Whichever flour you decide on, the same measurement can be used.
Adding sugar to pizza dough results in a better flavour and superior texture- perfect for homemade pizza garlic bread!
Dried herbs are best to add to the dough, as you won't have to worry about them burning.
We used a sprinkle of Italian mixed herbs, which includes chilli flakes for extra flavour. You can use whatever you enjoy.
We find Olive Oil gives the Garlic Bread crust the best flavour and is known for its health benefits, but vegetable or sunflower oil could be used instead.
It's easy to make your own garlic butter, you will need a few ingredients.
We used fresh minced garlic cloves. Garlic puree could be used instead. Or garlic powder, but be careful of how much you use as it can be overpowering compared to garlic cloves.
We find unsalted butter works best for your garlic butter mixture as we already added salt to the base, the parmesan also adds a salty taste and you can always add a sprinkle of salt when serving if needed.
Adding cheese is optional, but here are a couple of delicious options.
Adding Parmigiano Reggiano (parmesan) to garlic butter is a great way to elevate the taste of your garlic bread. The unique nutty and salty flavour of Italian Parmigiano Reggiano will add an unmistakable richness and depth to your garlic bread pizza.
Adding grated mozzarella cheese to your garlic pizza bread results in fabulous melted cheese that will be a hit with the kids, providing them with stringy and delicious cheesy goodness.
Adding herbs to garlic butter is how to make your garlic bread stand out. We use finely chopped fresh parsley, but here are some other herbs that pair nicely with garlic:
Or try adding a combination of these herbs to the garlic butter.
To make the perfect garlic pizza bread, you'll need a pizza tray for cooking the garlic bread. (Or use a pizza stone for a authentic taste)
If you don't have a pizza stone or tray, you can substitute it with a large baking tray.
To make the perfect garlic bread pizza, follow the full recipe card with step-by-step instructions.(Click here to jump to full recipe card).
Or continue reading for a quick know-how below.
How to make your own garlic pizza base
For the best results, prepare the pizza dough the day before or a few hours before. This will give the dough time to proof.
However, if you are short of time, and need it done quickly. Making a thin crust garlic bread version it can be used within 20 minutes.
This recipe creates enough dough for one pizza tray or can be broken into two balls to create two mini garlic breads.
To make garlic pizza bread dough, start by preparing the active yeast (if that's what you are using) by adding it to water into a large bowl and setting this aside for ten minutes. If using fast-action yeast you do not need to take this step.
Put your dry ingredients, flour, mixed herbs, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl, and add your yeast mixture and olive oil.
Knead by mixer
If you're using a mixer with a dough hook, allow the machine to knead the dough for about 8 minutes.
Knead by hand
Use a spoon to mix ingredients until it forms a stiff, sticky dough ball. Remove with your hands.
Transfer dough to a floured surface or parchment paper to knead your pizza dough. Knead it for about 12 minutes until it is smooth and not sticky.
Place your pizza dough back into the large bowl and cover while you make your garlic butter.
The time needed to proof the dough can vary depending on the temperature, humidity and other factors. Generally, you should allow the dough to proof at room temperature until it has doubled in size or until it's soft and spongy when touched.
When making pizza dough, proofing is an important step to ensure a quality finished product. If you don't proof the dough for long enough before cooking, it will result in a thicker, denser crust with less rise than desired.
For making thin crusts, this isn't necessarily an issue but when creating thick crust bases, it's best to allow the full proofing time. This will help create a fluffy base that bakes up nicely and tastes delicious.
You can prepare the dough the night before and allow it to proof in the fridge overnight.
Whilst your waiting, why not read about the history of garlic bread.
To make a large, thin-crust pizza base (as seen in this post), use a rolling pin to help stretch it into a large and even thin layer circle.
For a thicker base, gently hand-stretch the proofed dough by putting flour on both sides and using your palms to shape it. This will result in a smaller, deep-pan base.
Once the base has been created, place it onto the pizza pan or baking tray.
While the garlic pizza base doubles in size, you can make garlic butter and keep it at room temperature. This will ensure that it spreads easily when it's time to top your delicious garlic bread pizza base with garlicky butter.
Add your minced garlic cloves, finely chopped parsley, unsalted butter and parmesan (if using) to a small bowl and mix it together to form garlic butter.
Spread your garlic butter mixture over your pizza base using a spatula or pastry brush.
You can also then add any further toppings you would like. Mozzarella cheese makes the perfect cheesy garlic pizza bread.
Place your pizza base into a pre heated oven set to 200°C fan/ 220°C/ 425°F/ Gas Mark 7 and cook for 10-12 minutes.
Removing the garlic pizza bread from the oven when it is golden brown and crisp is key for achieving perfectly delicious garlic bread pizza. The golden brown colour indicates that the dough has been cooked through and has a delicious crunchy texture
Slice your delicious garlic pizza into mouth-watering pizza slices and serve it up with a sprinkling of extra cheese, some black pepper, and some freshly chopped parsley for added flavour. Enjoy your scrumptious homemade garlic bread!
Serve your garlic pizza bread with a side of tomato sauce for kids to dip into, or try our bbq sauce recipe.
For more sophisticated starters, drizzle the slices with olive oil and a balsamic glaze.
Serve as a main alongside a side salad of tomato and mozzarella Caprese Salad.
It's also a great side dish for pasta dishes, as seen above with our Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese.
Enjoy the ultimate comfort food combo with garlic pizza bread slices alongside our delicious Easy Cheesy Pasta Bake.
📖 Step by Step Recipe
Garlic Pizza Bread
Homemade Quick Pizza Dough Ingredients (Welcome to use premade dough instead)
- 240 ml Warm Water (at 40-46°C)
- 1 sachet Dried Active Yeast or Fast Action / Easy Bake Yeast
- 380 grams Plain Flour
- 1 teaspoon Mixed Herbs
- 1 teaspoon White Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 6 cloves Garlic minced
- 70 grams Unsalted Butter Bring to room temperature to soften
- 6 grams Flat Leaf Parsley finely chopped
- 10 grams Parmigiano Reggiano optional
Garlic Pizza Bread- Homemade Dough - Prepare at least 2 hours ahead
- If using active yeast, add to warm water, stir and set aside for at least 10 minutes, whilst you prepare the dry ingredient. *If using fast action / easy bake yeast, add in at the same time as other ingredients in the next step and add the water at same time as the oil.240 ml Warm Water (at 40-46°C), 1 sachet Dried Active Yeast
- Measure and mix all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl if mixing by hand.*Or the mixer bowl of a mixer with a dough hook if you are using a mixer.380 grams Plain Flour, 1 teaspoon Mixed Herbs, 1 teaspoon White Sugar, 1 teaspoon Salt
- Once the yeast and water mix has become frothy, add to the dry ingredients.
- Add olive oil.2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- If using a mixer with a dough hook allow the machine to knead for about 8 minutes.If kneading by hand - Use a large spoon to mix together, until too stiff then use your hands to form a large dough ball, it will be sticky at this point.
- Turn out onto a floured worktop or board and knead for about 12 minutes until smooth and not sticky.
- To give your garlic pizza bread dough the best rise, place it in a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Place the bowl in a warm area away from any draughts. For the best results the dough should double in size and be ready to shape in around two hours.* Take your butter out of the fridge now, to reach room temperature for the garlic butter.
Shaping pizza dough
- For a large thin crust pizza base (as seen on this post) use a rolling pin to help stretch it into a large and even circle.For a thick base, gently hand stretch the dough. Put flour on both sides and use your palms to shape it. It will make a smaller, deep pan base.
- Grease a pizza pan / baking tray with some oil or butter.
- Place onto the greased pizza tray and use your hands to shape it to the base. We like to make a 1 inch crust area thicker than the rest.
Garlic Butter Topping
- Preheat the oven to 200°C fan/ 220°C/ 425°F/ Gas Mark 7. Add garlic butter topping ingredients into a bowl.6 cloves Garlic, 70 grams Unsalted Butter, 6 grams Flat Leaf Parsley, 10 grams Parmigiano Reggiano
- Mix together until well combined.
- Spread garlic butter over the pizza base
- Leave a 1-inch crust around the outside without the garlic butter.
- Place in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove when golden and crisp
- Slice, serve and savour!
Making garlic pizza bread dough in advance is a great way to save time for busy weeknights. To do this, prepare the dough as normal and then store it in the fridge to proof overnight. (Make sure to put it in a big enough bowl, it will grow overnight!)
When ready to make the pizza bread, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before rolling or stretching out and topping it with your favourite ingredients.
The cooked garlic bread can be stored in the fridge for up to three days - just wrap it securely with plastic wrap or foil before putting away.
Reheating garlic pizza bread is easy and straightforward. Start by preheating your oven to 180°C fan / 200°C / gas mark 6/ 400°F. Take the chilled garlic pizza bread out of the refrigerator and wrap it in aluminium foil.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until heated throughout. For extra crispiness, unwrap the foil during the last few minutes of cooking time.
You can also heat individual slices in the microwave for about one minute or until heated through. It can go a bit soggy, though.
You can use premade dough, just roll it out using a rolling pin or stretch it with your fingers and then add the garlic butter to make your own cheesy garlic pizza bread.
Using a premade pizza base is great if you are looking to save time.
Yes, you can freeze garlic pizza bread. Cook the garlic bread before freezing it is key to ensuring that it maintains its texture and flavour.
Bake the pizza bread in the oven until it is slightly crispy, let it cool before wrapping it in plastic wrap.
Place the wrapped pizza bread in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to three months. When ready to eat, remove from the freezer, thaw overnight and reheat until warm before serving.
Make sure to proof your pizza dough for the full amount of time when making thick crust bases! Otherwise, you might end up with a dense and chewy crust that lacks a good rise. For thin crusts, the proofing time is not as important, so time can be shortened.
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