You can use any bread for this really, but try and pick a loaf with a chunky crust. The bread on the inside will stay nice and soft and you will be left with a crunchy crust. I love garlic and have used four cloves here, but reduce the amount if don’t want to be warding off vampires for the next week!
1 loaf of wholemeal bread
5 tablespoons of butter at room temperature
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
A large handful of freshly chopped parsley
A pinch of sea salt
Preheat the oven to 200oC/390oF/Gas 6.
Slice the bread into slices being careful not to cut the whole way through and set aside. The slices should all still be joined at the bottom. Mash the butter, salt, garlic and parsley together on a chopping board with the back of a fork. When the ingredients are combined scoop up the garlic butter and slather the slices on the inside. Don’t be afraid to get messy here, if there’s butter on the crust all the better!
Wrap the loaf in tinfoil leaving the tops of the slices exposed. You can also sprinkle the tops of the slices with a little grated Parmesan cheese at this point.
Place the wrapped loaf in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden and crisp on top.
Serve piping hot! If you can’t get through a whole loaf in one go, freeze the slices individually and pop them in the toaster when you want to reheat them!Continue reading >>