Saturday, March 16, 2013

Recipe: Hot Herb and Garlic Loaf (Delia Smith)

In Delia's Complete Cookery Course cookbook, she has a chapter on "Barbecues and Picnics" and this hot herb and garlic loaf was in this chapter.  This is basically garlic bread with a fancier name. I served this with my homecooked Irish lamb stew, and it worked marvellously in soaking up the wonderful gravy from the stew.

I made a whole loaf, and we easily finished it between 3 adults and 2 kids. Actually, we had to fight for the last piece :P I have another recipe for cheesy garlic bread which you can view here, I usually cut them into slanting pieces before spreading the cheesy herb butter. With Delia's recipe, you make diagonal incisions on the loaf, but not cutting right through so that it remains as a loaf. The butter is spread in between the slices and on top of the bread and baked whole. This is how they sell it in the UK supermarkets too and the hot loaf if torn off at the dinner table.

For this loaf, you can use either fresh or dried herbs or a mixture of both like I did - I used 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley and 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme. This hot herb and garlic loaf would also go well with soups.





Hot Herb and Garlic Loaf
Recipe adapted from Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 French stick loaf

For the herb butter
75g salted butter, at room temperature
2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely minced
2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon, thyme) or 1 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs


1. Preheat oven to 200°C.

2. First, place the butter, garlic and herbs in a bowl and mix evenly. Using a sharp knife, make diagonal incisions along the loaf, as if you were slicing it BUT do not slice right through (ie you want the loaf to be whole when u place it in the oven). The loaf should stay joined at the base.



3. Spread each slice with butter on both sides (roughly will do) and spread any remaining herb butter along the top and sides of the loaf.




4. Wrap in foil and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes (I did mine in 10 minutes) and serve hot.



Click here for the recipe for Irish lamb stew.  Once again, a very Happy St. Patrick's Day to all celebrating ;)


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28 comments:

  1. Oh yum! I can see why it disappears very fast! We love garlic bread too!

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    1. It looks like it's a favourite with everyone! :)

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  2. Well Done. This is my favourite bread! :) will try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome. Hope u enjoy it, very simple to make as well!

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  3. Hi Yen,
    I can see why the 2 adults and 2 kids are fighting over the last piece..:p
    This is simply irresistible yummy hot herb and garlic loaf...:D
    My kids will love this too.
    mui

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    1. Haha next time I think I need to make more. Then no fighting :P

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  4. Hi Yen! Crispy on outside, warm and soft inside, garlic bread is everyone's favourite! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hehe I think you described this garlic bread perfectly :)

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  5. Wow I am so loving the look of these garlic bread, fresh and yummy

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    1. Thanks Amrita! Easy to make as always.

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  6. Thnaks for this wonderful garlic loaf recipe. I am sure almost everyone loves this garlic loaf.

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    1. Hehe looks like everyone loves it :) Glad to share this recipe with all.

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  7. Yen, that is a delicious loaf! Oh, I tell you I can finish that whole loaf :)

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    1. Hehe Phong Hong, I think my mum is the same, she can finish the whole loaf by herself.

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  8. Looks delicious with that bowl of stew!

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    1. Yes it was! Glad I decided to pair it this way;)

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  9. wow! makes sense to spread the butter on top as well so it melts downwards when you bake it.. now why didn't I think of that! :D Now I feel like garlic bread.. maybe some onion soup to go with it too;)

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    1. Onion soup would be nice.. make me some too, ya?

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  10. I'm salivating right now :D That herb-garlic bread looks simply yummy !

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    1. Easy to make too! Anyone can do this :)

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  11. nothing beats a good Garlic Bread!! and I happen to just crave for one so I just bought a nice crusty French Sourdough.... perfect...for this...

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    1. Ooooo sounds like a winner already... crusty sourdough + herb butter. YUMS!

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  12. Fighting for the last piece?

    That's what we always do at home and usually, my son wins.

    Got to make this too for us to "fight" at home :p

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    1. I won this time, cos my kids had their fair share and mummy was too busy taking photos tht she didnt eat tht many yet. :P

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