I knew my first attempt at homemade garlic bread was a success when my kids dubbed it ‘Heavenly Garlic Bread’ and polished off two baguettes in one sitting.
Recipe adapted from LittleMsFirefly’s garlic bread recipe:-
Heavenly Garlic Bread
- butter 250 gm (or 2 sticks)
- 10 cloves of garlic, pounded finely
- 1 tbsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp white pepper (or to taste)
- 2 baguettes
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.
3. Add in the garlic, salt and pepper. Stir for 2 minutes and turn off the heat.
4. Cut each baguette into half. Take each half and make slices on the baguette (LittleMsFirefly recommends making diagonal cuts; I did straight cuts, to get smaller kid-friendly slices) but don’t cut the baguette all the way through.
5. Cut some foil, big enough to cover each baguette half securely, so that the garlic butter won’t spill.
6. Give the garlic butter a quick stir to make sure everything is well-combined, then spoon it in between the slices. Put a little at a time, so that you’ll have enough for all 4 pieces of baguette halves.
7. Take both ends of the foil and fold, then fold again to secure the package. Fold the foil on both sides, as well.
8. Put the wrapped baguette halves on a baking tin or roasting tin or cookie sheet and place inside the oven.
9. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the baguettes and bake for another 10 minutes.
10. Take out from the oven and open with care (it will be very hot!). Enjoy the garlic bread on its own or with some soup.
Here’s a healthier alternative, based on something that I’ve seen from one of those cooking shows on TV: replace the melted butter with 250 ml olive oil. But the garlic has to be marinated in the oil for a few hours, preferably overnight, in order to infuse the oil with the garlic flavour. Then grill the bread over hot charcoals for a few seconds on both sides. Yummy!
If you don’t have an oven or don’t feel inclined to do any baking, perhaps you can just make garlic butter by following steps 1 to 3. Place your garlic butter inside a container, allowing it to cool before putting it in the fridge. (The cold should make the butter solid again.) Then, anytime you feel like having some garlic bread, just toast a slice of bread or two and spread some of your homemade garlic butter on it.
Try it today! Mommy-tested, kid-approved ;)