Perfect garlic bread has only 3 requirements – (real) butter, garlic and a good baguette. Herbs are nice and no one opposes a bit of cheese but these are all extras. Homemade is always better than any store-bought or anything you’ll find in a restaurant because you can add as much or as little garlic and butter as you like and due to my tendency to smother all my food in garlic, I prefer making garlic bread at home.
3-5 cloves garlic, finely minced or crushed (depending on how garlicky you like it)
4-5 tablespoons of butter at room temperature, depending on the size of your baguette
salt, to taste
herbs (optional, to taste)
- Combine the butter with the garlic, salt and any herbs that you’re using.
- Cut the baguette length-wise and spread the butter mixture on the cut sides of the baguette.
- Put the garlic bread on a baking tray (cut side up) and bake at 200ºC/400º for about 10 minutes until the baguette has crispy edges
If using herbs, parsley or basil work nicely but feel free to experiment.
If using cheese, you may want to turn the oven to broil for the final 1-2 minutes.