Simple garlic bread

Shop-bought garlic bread tends to be disappointing - either way too greasy or way too dry. It's so easy to make your own and the results are so much tastier - just as herby or as garlicky as you and your family like. Cheat and use a bought baguette or ciabatta, add a quick bit of olive oil, seasoning, parsley and garlic and it's ready from the oven in 10 minutes. You can also use frozen herb butter if you have any in your freezer. Serve with our black bean cowboy soupeasy sausage ragu or quickfire lasagne.


1 ciabatta or mini baguette
a handful of flat-leaf parsley (or frozen herb butter)
olive oil
salt and pepper
1-2 cloves of garlic


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Take either a ciabatta or a mini baguette and slice about ¾ of the way through with a serrated knife every 2cm along or so. Snip up a handful of flat-leaf parsley. 

2. Cut a piece of greaseproof paper large enough to cover the loaf, scrunch it up and run it under your tap then lay it out flat on a wooden board. Scatter over the parsley and get your kids to drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and crush over 1-2 cloves of garlic (or to taste). If you crush the garlic in a crusher, you don't need to bother peeling it which makes it much less fiddly for little fingers.

3. Kids like the next bit: roll the loaf in the mix and then rub it all over the bread with your fingers, getting plenty into the cuts. Wrap it up like a cracker, pop it on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes. 

4. If you're using frozen herb butter instead, just slice up the bread and pop bits of frozen butter into each cut. Crush over some garlic and distribute evenly over the bread, season with salt and pepper and bake in paper as before.