Perfect Garlic Bread from Scratch

Total Time
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

you can do this with pre-made french bread if you're short on time but i really think it's worth it to do this from start to finish on a lazy afternoon. goes beautifully with pasta or a nice light cream soup. i use my own homemade butter for this (possibly because i'm crazy). if you want to do that it's really easy: just take whipping cream at room temp, whip it way past the point of whipping cream and you'll see the fat separate from the milk. squeeze the newborn butter to the side of the bowl and pour off the milk (keep that, it's perfectly good), rinse the butter under cold water three or four times, breaking it up to wash out the extra milk, then mix in a little salt. you can easily double or triple this but it may or may not freeze well. the dough and butter would probably freeze better separately.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. mix the yeast and sugar in a measuring cup, that keeps it from getting lumpy, add the cup of warm water and stir together. let sit for 5 minute.
  2. mix 2 cups flour and salt in a med sized bowl, then dump in yeast mix and stir until a soft dough forms.
  3. kneed until dough is smooth and elastic, adding more flour if needed. don't add so much flour that it becomes dry, it should still be slightly sticky.
  4. rinse out the bowl and swirl the oil around in it, put the dough back in and turn it over so it's coated.
  5. cover the bowl (i like to wrap a tea towel over and under it), and place in a warm (not hot!) oven to rise. i usually turn my oven on to the lowest setting that will turn on the element for 5 min and then turn off.
  6. once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and form into a long, thin loaf. place on a cookie sheet that you've oiled and sprinkled with cornmeal. slash diagonally with a sharp knife 3 or 4 times. place it back in your warm oven until it's doubled again.
  7. turn the oven up to 375f for 20 minutes. my oven runs a little cool so i turn it up to closer to 380 or 390. a little too warm is better then a little to cool in this case. after 20 min it should be nicely golden on top. let it cool until no more then warm.
  8. in the mean time mix all ingredients of the garlic butter.
  9. slice vertically into 3/4-1 inch slices, leaving the bottom crust intact. carefully pull slices apart so you can spread the butter on each side of each slice without breaking them apart.
  10. wrap loosely but completely in foil and bake at 400f for 10-15 minutes. serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This was my first time making it and it was stressful but turned out pretty good

sgscott1988 January 08, 2016

I loved the recipe! My wife is pregnant so every meal I try to make an experience. I only slightly deviated from the instructions disregarding the cornmeal entirely as well as the oiling of the bowl. I used saran wrap over the bowl 25 minutes to rise as opposed to the towel and I use an even temperature location. Just use fresh yeast and your solid. Oil the bbread with your hands after you have shaped and cut the bread. I also include intricately placedar slices of cheddar over the top. Once you have added the garlic mixture and foiled the bread, don't rush the delivery once finished. Keep the bread tightly wrapped in the foil for an extra 10 mins, it moistens things up a bit. What a treat! Thank you for the guidance!

espositoadam January 23, 2015

Made this tonight although I was short on time. Got impatient (as I always do with bread) that I had not let it double in size. And yet it turned out perfectly done! Brushed garlic butter after 20 minutes in the oven at 380 and put it to Broil for 1 minute. My family was halfway through spaghetti dinner but dug into the bread and had seconds of the spag to go with it :P According to them, this is better than any bread we've bought. Will have this again for sure.

jouxel October 10, 2012