Wednesday, 30 April 2014


It's chili night at MattyB Bakes tonight! I've shown you how to make a delicious slow cooked chili in the past and tonight I'm lucky enough to of had one made for me. It's always nice when you come home and open the door to the smell of slow cooked chili. The woes of the day instantly vanish. Yes, Jon has been a busy little bee today and has even whipped up some garlic bread as a little treat!

Making your own own garlic bread is so easy I'm surprised more people don't do it. Not only is the taste a lot fresher but it's also so much cheaper than buying ready made from the supermarket. I'll have non of that "I've got no time business" either. Jon's garlic bread will take you five minutes top to prepare as long as you have all the ingredients at hand so there is no excuse. Recipe below is enough for a small portion for two or a hefty portion for one!

Garlictastic Bread

1/2 30cm Baguette
3 Garlic Cloves
Pinch Of Salt
Knob Of Softened Spreadable Butter
 1 Tbsp Parsley

  1. Take the baguette and without slicing right through the bread, slice once right down the length and three times across the width like in the picture above.
  2. Turn on your oven to a medium heat (approx. 160 degrees).
  3. Grind the garlic cloves with a pinch of salt in a bowl or with a pestle and mortar until paste-like
  4. Add the butter and parsley and give everything a good mix to create a herby garlic butter.
  5. Spread the butter between all the cuts in the bread and place in the oven until the bread has browned and the butter has melted, about 20 minutes or so.
It's that simple. The three width-way cuts will help you break up the bread easily for dipping mopping up yummy sauces. We like our garlic bread strong so if your not as in love with garlic as we are then use one or two gloves of garlic instead. If your baguette is bigger so you need more butter just make enough that you think will spread along all the cuts of the baguette, it's all about using your judgement!

Don't just have it with chili as well, it works just as well with my Bolognase or with a tasty chicken soup. No baguette! Don't despair. Try the butter on other breads too such as a ciabatta or  a bagel, it works just as well.

Why would you ever buy shop bought or takeaway garlic bread again!

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