Homemade garlic bread. Say what?
In under 20 minutes? Incredulous.
But no, let today’s post prove you wrong.
If you’re generally skeptical, never the type to believe in magic — or the magic of quick cooking apart from instant noodles, that is — then I’d suggest it’s high time you start believing.
C’mon, have a little faith, wouldya?
So I think I definitely could’ve used MUCH more garlic and herbs than I did. I love a garlicky garlic bread. Garlic is amazing for bringing out flavour.
Amazing in every way… Except maybe in giving you bad breath.
But hey, serve up this homemade bread as a simple yet essential addition to any meal (check out how I’d mine with steak and potatoes) and I’m almost so sure you’d have lips puckering up for you anyway 😉
Homemade 20-minute Garlic Bread
Adapted from Jamie Oliver, from one of his shows I watched on TV
Yield: 1 large ciabatta loaf, approximately 5-6 servings
1 large ciabatta bread loaf (or any of its variations)
1 large piece of parchment greaseproof paper
A large bunch of oregano, thyme or parsley leaves, roughly chopped (whichever herb you like!)
6 garlic cloves (as much as you want, actually), finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
1. Slice a large ciabatta loaf lengthwise, making sure not to go through all the way to the bottom crust. Cut diagonally (it was as an afterthought that I’d realized this would make it look more elegant than the perpendicular cuts I’d made!) at approximately 3cm intervals, once again making sure not to cut through the crust.
2. Scrunch up the parchment paper and run it under the tap. Lay the wet paper flat on the counter. Place the ciabatta onto the paper.
3. Sprinkle the chopped herb of your choice all over the bread, including the insides of the crevices and under the loaf. Drizzle olive oil generously over and inside the bread. Rub it around with your hands.
4. Scatter the finely chopped garlic all over, especially between the slices. Use your hands to make sure every part is covered.
5. Season with sea salt and pepper. Wrap up the loaf, twisting the sides to seal so it forms a little “boat” shape. Place into the oven and bake at 180 deg C (approximately 350 deg F) for 15 minutes. Check once done and bake longer if necessary! (The good thing is it won’t dry out thanks to the “water on the wrapping” technique.)
Toasty, crispy on the outside, and soft, moist in the insides. Voila! Homemade garlic bread that is healthy too; no butter or margarine or preservatives! You could even go so far as to make the bread from scratch, but that’ll be another recipe I’ll upload in the (hopefully, near) future.