Garlic And Herb Bread
1 baguette or bloomer loaf
For the garlic and herb butter
115g/4oz/½ cup unsalted (sweet) butter, softened
5-6 large garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
30-45ml/2-3 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, chervil and a little tarragon)
15ml/1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
Coarse salt and ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Make the garlic and herb butter by beating the butter with the garlic, herbs, chives and seasoning.
2. Cut the bread into 1cm/½in thick diagonal slices, but be sure to leave them attached at the base so that the loaf stays intact.
3. Spread the garlic and herb butter between the slices evenly, being careful not to detach them, and then spread any remaining butter over the top of the loaf.
4. Wrap the loaf in foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until the butter is melted and the crust is golden and crisp. Cut the loaf into slices to serve.