There is something positively glorious about garlic bread. Sure, it might not be the best food to eat before a first date, but in terms of comfort food- it’s definitely a winner.
Just thinking about how aromatic garlic bread fresh out of the oven smells makes me want to go make a few more loaves. Actually I will do just that, right after I post this.
It’s all well and good to go and buy ready-made garlic bread from the supermarket, but why not try to make your own? There is really nothing to it and best of all is that you can make a few loaves at one time and freeze however many loaves you want for future om nom noms. What is even better when you go ahead and make your own is you can choose how much to add and subtract of every ingredient to suit your taste preferences. Yay!
There are many ways to make garlic bread. Some like to get real fancy and add cheese and chives. Some like their garlic bread to be a little spicy, so they add some Mexican chili powder into the mix. Most of the time I just want easy and simple comfort food. In terms of bread choices, you can either grab some ciabatta bread, slice it longways down the middle, slather garlic butter on the flat surface and toast the halves in the oven. There have been a few times where I’ve just spread garlic butter spread onto slices of sandwich bread and toasted them in the oven. Amazing happy food either way.
That being said, the recipe below (if you can call it that) is what I did to make ‘soft’ garlic bread, where you use long loaves of bread (think French sticks, baguettes etc).
Homemade Garlic Bread!
Makes: 2 small loaves of garlic bread
adapted from: taste.com.au
-2 x 35cm baguettes
-150g butter*, softened to room temperature
-4 garlic cloves, crushed well
-2 tablespoons parsley leaves, dried or fresh. If using fresh, finely chop up the parsley.
*if you are using unsalted butter, then I suggest you add in a pinch of salt to help bring out the garlic butter flavour.
1. Preheat oven to 220°C/428°F (200°C/392°F for fan-forced). Cut bread into equal manageable sizes- approx. 2.5cm (don’t cut all the way through).
2. Combine butter, garlic, parsley and chives in a bowl. Spread over every cut side of bread. Wrap each baguette in foil.
3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until butter is melted and bread crisp. Serve hot and fresh!
If you would like to prepare a few extra loaves to eat at a later date, then wrap each baguette up in foil and place in the freezer. Before you bake it in the oven, take the frozen baguette out of the freezer and let the bread thaw to room temperature before placing it in the oven.
I hope you enjoy!