Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch

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You have to make this Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch for your next family pasta night! This Garlic Bread recipe will be gone in a flash!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Total: 16 minutes
Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch

This Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch is a must-try for your next family pasta night! This Garlic Bread recipe will be gone before your eyes!

Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch with fresh herbs on top.


This Garlic Bread recipe from scratch is so easy, only takes 15 in total to make and uses 6 ingredients. This simple and classic roasted garlic bread is so delicious and your whole family will be obsessed, even your picky eaters! To learn more about garlic, visit the USDA for more information!


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What We Love About This Recipe

  • 15 Minute Recipe: This garlic bread recipe from scratch only take 15 minutes in total to make including the prep work!
  • Easy Ingredients: This garlic bread from scratch recipe only calls for 6 ingredients total!
  • Family Friendly: This roasted garlic bread makes for the perfect side to enjoy on family pasta night!
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Ingredient Notes

  • Garlic: Garlic is the star of the show in this recipe, you will want to opt for using fresh garlic cloves are it will result in the best flavor. You could also use pre-minced garlic in jar if you are in a pinch but the flavor will not be the same.
  • Butter: You can use either salted or unsalted butter but you will want to ensure that it is softened at room temperature for this recipe.
  • Bread: For this easy homemade garlic bread recipe you will need one loaf of fresh Italian bread or french bread, you could use another types of fresh bakery bread as well, such as a baguette.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Powder
  • Salt
Bread, butter, garlic and spices.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Garlic Bread from Scratch

These are the basic steps for how to make Garlic Bread with garlic powder and fresh garlic. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

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Melt butter, add garlic, stir in spices and then place on bread to toast.

STEP 1: PREPPING

Firstly, you will want to start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees F. Then you will want to make your garlic bread spread by crushing garlic cloves in the mortar into a paste. Then in a large bowl whisk together your melted butter, garlic paste, garlic powder, cayenne, and salt to create a butter mixture.

STEP 2: MAKE YOUR GARLIC BREAD

After you have sliced your loaf of bread, smother with garlic spread for bread. Bake in the oven for 3 minutes until the butter had melted in the bread, then remove from oven and use a second sheet pan to press down of the loaf of bread.

STEP 3: FINISHING TOASTED GARLIC BREAD IN THE OVEN

Once you have used a second sheet pan or cookie sheet to press down the loaf of bread, put it back into the oven for 6-8 more minute, but sure to keep an eye on it as you do not want to burn the bread.

Prep and Storage Tips for the Best Garlic Bread

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You an prep this recipe ahead of time and then cook it in the oven when you are ready!

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Keep and leftovers in an airtight container of ziplock plastic bag at room temperature.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze garlic bread store in a freezer bag or wrap in foil and freeze in the freezer for up to 6 months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat garlic bread, cook in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until warm.

Frequently Asked Questions

IS GARLIC REAL IN ITALY?

Garlic bread, although pairs great with many Italian dishes actually comes from American and it not a traditional Italian food.

WHAT GOES GOOD ON GARLIC BREAD?

Garlic bread goes great with many pasta dishes, soups, and salads.

IS GARLIC BREAD MADE WITH GARLIC?

Yes, garlic bread is loaded with lots of garlic flavor and uses a butter that is mixed with fresh garlic and other herbs + spices.

CAN YOU DOUBLE THIS RECIPE?

Yes of course! To double up this recipe grab a second loaf of bread and increase the other ingredients.

A stack of Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled or Halved: If you are looking to make a large amount of garlic bread to feed a bug group, use 2 loafs of bread and double the rest of ingredients. If you only have half a loaf of bread left or want a smaller amount, you can decrease the ingredients proportionally.
  • Add Extra Spices: To add more flavor depth, switch up the seasonings for garlic bread. You could add herbs such as a sprinkle of rosemary to make garlic rosemary bread. Top with fresh parsley or other fresh herbs, too.
  • Add Cheese: To make it cheesy garlic add some mozzarella cheese or parmesan cheese for garlic parmesan bread!

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Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch

Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Total: 16 minutes
You have to make this Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch for your next family pasta night! This Garlic Bread recipe will be gone in a flash!
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Ingredients

  • 5 Garlic Cloves, minced or sliced
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 Loaf Italian Bread

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Place the garlic slices in a mortar and pestle and crush to form a paste. (Alternatively, place in a small bowl and use the back of a spoon to crush.)
  • Place the garlic in a small bowl with half of the butter and melt for 1 minute in the microwave.
  • Whisk in the salt, cayenne pepper and garlic powder until well incorporated, then whisk in the remaining butter.
  • Cut the loaf in half through the middle, then spread the garlic butter all over the cut edges of the loaves.
  • Place the sliced loaves on a cookie sheet and bake for 3 minutes until garlic butter is melted into the bread. Remove from oven.
  • Take a second baking sheet and press down on the top of the loaf to form a “press.”
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes, checking at the 5 minute mark to prevent the minced garlic from burning. The bread should be deeply golden and will have a few dark brown spots, especially where the minced garlic is concentrated.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled or Halved: If you are looking to make a large amount of garlic bread to feed a bug group, use 2 loafs of bread and double the rest of ingredients. If you only have half a loaf of bread left or want a smaller amount, you can decrease the ingredients proportionally.
  • Add Extra Spices: To add more flavor depth, switch up the seasonings for garlic bread. You could add herbs such as rosemary to make garlic rosemary bread.
  • Add Cheese: To make it cheesy garlic add some mozzarella cheese!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 542IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 15 minute, bread, butter, garlic, garlic bread, italian bread

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