Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cheesy Garlic Bread

I love garlic bread but I do not like garlic bread from the grocery store. The flavors are off and its usually pretty soggy. I've tried to make my own garlic bread but usually the garlic flavor is overwhelming. Saturday while watching America's Test Kitchen they baked this bread. Of course I had to give it a try as soon as I could and I did. This bread was everything I hoped for in garlic bread. I even tried it a few days later without the cheese and it still tasted great. This is not a quick way to make garlic bread as it does take about 45 minutes from start to finish but it is well worth the wait.

5 garlic cloves, grated
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 French baguette, cut in half horizontally
1 1/2 cups Italian cheese

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Cook garlic, 1 tablespoon butter, and water in small nonstick skillet over low heat, stirring occasionally, until straw colored, 7 to 10 minutes.

Mix hot garlic, remaining butter, salt, and pepper in bowl and spread on cut sides of bread. Sandwich bread back together and wrap loaf in foil. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Carefully unwrap bread and place halves, buttered sides up, on baking sheet. Bake until just beginning to color, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set oven to broil.

Sprinkle bread with cheese. Broil until cheese has melted and bread is crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer bread to cutting board with cheese side facing down. Cut into pieces.

The serrated edges on a bread knife can pull off the cheesy crust. To prevent this, place the finished garlic bread cheese side down on a cutting board. Slicing through the crust (rather than the cheese) first will keep the cheese in place.

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  1. Oh wow, this garlic bread is making my mouth water! Come by and pick up an award I left you. I really enjoy your blog!

  2. Yummy, love garlic and bread. Your bread looks very delicious. I agree, store bought garlic bread is either to soggy or to dry, I have yet to find a good one.


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