Nothing beats a piece of warm French bread oozing with melted garlic butter! It is the perfect accompaniment to so many meals and ideal for barbecues.
If you want to make your own bread, that is fine, but because French Bread (baguettes) are so cheap to buy, it is much quicker and easier to do this! If you have the choice, the slightly thicker French Bread (du pain) is ideal as it has more soft fluffy bread inside and of course, it is this that absorbs or the tasty garlic butter!
- 1 large French Bread (as thick as possible!)
- 6 tablespoons of semi-salted butter (brought to room temperature)
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- A handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- A pinch of salt.
1. Preheat the oven to 390ºF (200ºC)
2. In a medium bowl, stir the butter, garlic, chopped parsley, and salt together until well blended
3. Cut the French bread ¾ of the way through at 1 inch (3cm) intervals.
4. Spread the garlic butter on both sides of each slice.
5. Wrap the loaf in aluminium foil.
6. Bake the bread for 15 minutes, Cut the bread sections right through, pile into a basket, and serve immediately.
* If you want to ‘ring the changes’ pop some grated Cheddar cheese in each of the slices you make in the French Bread. For a really fun alternative, buy a round cottage loaf instead and cut in a criss-cross pattern, ¾ of the way through each slice. Thickly spread garlic butter in each incision and add grated Cheddar and a sprinkling of rosemary and thyme. Wrap in aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes to melt the cheese – yummy!