Photo: Chris Wiles Photgraphy
Prep: 10 mins.
Cooking: 10-15 mins.
Rating: 1: Very easy
Ah yes, the good ol’ garlic bread. Great for any time. Watching the telly with a pint after being outside walking the dog on a cold day…. Anytime.
I don’t expect that as a rookie-cookie you’ll want to keep a container of garlic butter around, but I’ll tell you what to do anyway because it makes garlic bread easier to do than just easy.
- 4 half-sized baguettes (or, logically, 2 full-sized)
- Pack of slightly salted butter; softened – either out of the fridge for several hours or having been in the microwave for ten – twenty seconds
- 4-8 big cloves of garlic
- Put a normal pack of salted butter, unwrapped of course, in a non-metallic bowl for 10 seconds in the microwave.
- Squeeze the garlic cloves under a wide-bladed cook’s knife, top’n’tail them and remove their paper-like skins.
- Slice the garlic and then chop all of the slices very finely indeed, making sure than none have attempted to escape by climbing up the blade of the knife – some garlic can be sly like this, y’know.
- Drop the garlic into the bowl of softened butter and mix thoroughly with a fork. Season with lots of ground black pepper – black magic.
If you can get half-length baguettes, they can be more convenient to give one to each person
- Slice the baguette at an angle, at about one-inch intervals, almost – but not quite – right through to the base of the bread (lay a skewer, spoon or similar each side of the baguette and you’ll never cut right through!).
- Part the bread and in each slot in turn put a good dollop of the garlic butter. Brush butter along its length on top, to brown it beautifully.
- Close it all up again, place it onto foil, on an oven baking tray and pop into a preheated oven at gas 6/7 for 10-15 mins to heat the bread though, melt the butter and make it fantastic.
- Take out of the oven, lifting the foil from the baking tray, and pop onto long plates or serving dishes.
You may need a bib to keep the butter off your clothes – or just don’t bother to wear any.