Ultimate Garlic and Parmesan Bread

This is proper garlic bread as it ought to be!
We've all seen those horrid ready made garlic baguettes in the supermarket. They also sell the same ones but call them 'cheese and garlic' baguettes.
 Have you ever stopped to look at just how much cheese they actually put in? 
I doubt there's more than two pinches and for that they charge an extra 50p!
Whatever, there really is no comparison to what you can make very simply at home. For the sake of five minutes preparation, you have a crispy loaf that oozes buttery garlic and gooey cheese.
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To serve two greedy people:
100g butter - unsalted and softened at room temperature
a good handful of freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
70g of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 garlic cloves - finely chopped
1 baguette (about 12 inches long)
(an already baked loaf is what you want, it goes more crispy than if you use a part baked one)

How to do it:
Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7
Put the butter and garlic into a small bowl and mash then together butter until blended and you have a lovely garlicky, creamy paste. Now mix in the parsley.
Slice the baguette crosswise 1 inch apart but without cutting all the way through the loaf.
Put the loaf onto a large sheet of kitchen foil and spread some of the butter inside each cut until you've used it all up. Don't waste a single bit!
Now push the Parmesan into those cuts until it's all gone.
Then wrap foil around the bread, loosely.
Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 20 minutes.


Uncover the top of the baguette and bake for about 5 minutes longer, or until the top is golden and the loaf is lovely and crisp.

29 comments

  1. Mmmmhhh, Jan, you have made me want garlic and parmesan bread for breakfast now!

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  2. Looks lovely.
    So much better than the shop bought garlic bread.

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  3. Hey that looks great. Best eaten in snowy weather.

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  4. The problem is...I could eat the whole loaf. Looks wonderful.

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  5. Your garlic bread looks so yummy Jan. Craig always makes ours with butter and garlic powder, I'll have to give him your recipe to try.

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  6. The store ones are such a rip off. Home-made all the way so you can get some real garlicky flavor, and most importantly, that much more appropriate amount of delicious cheese. I could knock off more than my fair share w/every dinner!

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  7. Yum, Yum, Yum!!! I love garlic bread. Wish I could smell it

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  8. Oh, Jan that looks so good! I've got to make it!

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  9. this looks great... happy valentine's day!!! :)

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  10. Jan, like you, I think that these made at home are always best.

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  11. This garlic bread look delicious and smooth then I order.;)

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  12. Ah gorgeous! This reminds me of my dad's - one of the few things he would do in the kitchen! Yum!

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  13. Great looking garlic bread! So simple and yet so good!

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  14. Agree! Homemade garlic bread is the best!

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  15. I so needed to feast my eyes on this glorious bread today. I had the worst garlic knots ever last night! (at a very fine restaurant:)

    I really need to learn to bake bread. I have a funny feeling it is more than necessary these days:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Jan. Can bread look lovely? Yours sure does!

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  16. Your garlic and parmesan bread looks beautiful...

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  17. Those are lovely flavors in the bread. Love it!
    Soma(www.ecurry.com)

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  18. Happy belated birthday Jan. The Garlic bread looks scrumptious.

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  19. That looks absolutely divine. You can't beat homemade garlic bread, it's so easy, and tastes of garlic, unlike the store bought equivalent.

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  20. You just can't beat homemade garlic and parmesan bread. Infinitely better than shop bought!

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  21. That bread looks delicious! It is hard to say no to garlic bread!

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  22. Garlic bread is very dangerous at the dinner table...might forget about the main course!

    This also very cheezy, indeedy.

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  23. Good recipe, best made with too much of everything - too much garlic, too much butter, too much bread.

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  24. I always make mine like this because I can get more garlic into it that way ;o)

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  25. Looks great Jan. I always make my own too. It's soooo much better than anything you can buy! xxoo

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  26. Yum! I used to do something similar with my family. We would make a paste with parmesan, grated / chopped garlic and oil and then have it as a snack / antipasto on, say, a Sunday, while my mom was cooking for the family, we'd have it with some bread and cheese cubes (similar to edam) or when we were having a BBQ.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.
Cheers
Jan




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