Saturday, 23 January 2010

Garlic bread - quick and easy.............

...........frugal too!
I've never met a bought garlic bread that I've enjoyed very much, so I usually make my own. I'll give you the recipe/method first, then add on the frugal bits.

1 long baguette
1/2 lb butter
4 big fat cloves of fresh garlic
handful of parsley

Put butter on to melt in a pan. Meanwhile, chop parsley finely; peel and chop the garlic finely. When the butter is melted, add to the pan and mix well.

Slice the baguette and lay the slices on a flat oven tray.

Using a pastry brush, brush each slice very generously with the mixture - you'll still have some over, but make sure it's garlicky enough - nothing worse than ungarlicky garlic bread! Place tray of bread in freezer and open freeze it for 24 hours or so. When frozen, put into poly bags or boxes in eg dozens or sixes, whatever suits your needs. Seal bag/box and keep in freezer for about up to 6 months. When needed, pop what you need on to a tray and into a hot oven for 10 minutes+ until golden brown and hot.

Now for the frugal bits: I'm still trying to perfect my baguette technicque, so for the moment, I buy them - for garlic bread, I buy the reduced ones and make it straight away. The one in the picture is a full length French stick, organic, I got for 25p. Hoem grown parsley if you can; butter is own brand, but British, at 88p per 1/2 lb. Home grown garlic, or bought. However you make it, it's still cheaper than the "best" you can buy, and much, much better.
Try and add the parsley if you can - it adds colour and flavour, and if you freeze the surpluse, or keep it in the fridge, the green speckles are an instant giveaway that it's garlic butter so you won't put it in your Victoria Sponge!! LOL


Carolyn said...

So odd that you posted about garlic bread, as I made some for the first time in a long time last night!!!!!
We melted cheese onto ours, though. It was lovely!!
Keen to try the freezing of it, too.

MoominMamma said...

Yum yum yum!
My Dad makes excellent garlic bread, it's so nice to see someone else enjoys their garlic bread really garlicky! :D

Karen Lizzie said...

I think that we always assume that garlic bread should be made from a baguette, but there are probably lots of other breads we could use. If your baguettes aren't very good then maybe a home made flat bread of some kind would fit the bill to produce a tear and share type of bread. You could probably use slices of bread from just a good home made crusty loaf too.

Love the blog, I pop in most days.

MrsL said...

That's true, KL; Thanks for you kind comment re the blog.:)