Garlic bread is a great way to use up dry and/or stale bread. As a result I find home-made garlic bread often turns out a bit dry but that’s because I don’t add enough fat to prevent it drying out in the oven. This time however I clarted it on (Aberdonian for ‘putting on plenty’) to make this spicy chilli bread garlic bread so good!
To the margarine (probably about 70g) I added a good large handful of finely chopped basil and curly parsley, a big squidge of garlic puree, 3 finely chopped garlic cloves and about 1/4 tsp of garlic powder. Mix this up really well in a bowl. This makes enough to cover one of those 10-inch-ish long squat loaves that you get.
Then take spicy chilli bread, or whatever you fancy of course, but the chilli really goes well with the garlic. I think it’s what takes this to the next level! I used bought bread but you can of course make your own.
Clart (cover) thinly sliced pieces on one side with plain margarine to stop it drying out. Turn over and put an even better covering of the garlicky herby butter.
Place on a wire rack over a baking tray – a grill pan would probably be fine. This is to prevent it going soggy on the underside. Put in a not-too-hot oven (fan around 160oC) for about 15 mins but keep an eye on it for any burning.
Once you have the perfect balance between crispy outside and slightly soft centre, whip them out. Eat hot where possible!
These are so good! I hope that you enjoy too. There’s even enough for another day too. Spread the bread and keep covered in the fridge ready for putting straight in the oven.