The ultimate comfort food and a simple addition to any meal.
I love garlic. I love garlic WAY too much! My housemate and I used to roast whole bulbs and eat it as a snack (probably a good job that our boyfriends lived about 150 miles away at the time!)
Garlic bread is the ultimate comfort food and a great way to jazz up or bulk out a regular meal. I realise that you can buy a garlic bread sticks cheaply and chuck them in the oven but let’s face it, nothing beats freshly baked bread. This recipe really doesn’t take long and you can easily mix it up and leave to rise and you prepare your lasagne or cottage pie).
I’ve used Paul Hollywood’s recipe for his cottage loaf as this only require 5 minutes of kneading and an hour to prove but of course you could also use any leftover bread.
- 400g strong white flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 30g yeast
- 60g softened butter
- 250ml water
- Preheat the oven to 220C.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Knead on a floured surface for about 5 minutes return to the bowl and leave to rise for 1 hour.
- Shape your loaf and place onto a lined and oiled baking tray. Dust with flour and cut vertical slashes in the bread.
- Bake for 30 minutes (the top of the loaf should be golden brown) along with the two bulbs of garlic.
- Remove everything from the oven and leave to cool.
- Once the garlic is cool enough to touch, squeeze out the garlic and use a fork to mash it into the softened butter.
- Cut the bread into thick slices and spread the garlic butter onto each slice. Chop about five cloves of raw garlic and sprinkle over the bread as well as chopped chives and cracked black pepper. Place under the grill for a few minutes until lightly toasted and enjoy the buttery, garlicy, doughy goodness!