This garlic and herb butter quick bread is more than a match for a traditional garlic bread. With a soft pillowy centre and a buttery garlic crust, it might not be the healthiest quick bread but it is one of the best!
The inspiration for this savoury garlic quick bread!
I was lucky enough to discover this garlic butter quick bread recipe while taking part in a Secret Recipe Club assignment a few years ago. Unfortunately the blog they are on has since disappeared.
In the original recipe they were called biscuits. Well, I had to rename them as we wouldn't call these biscuits in the UK. I considered calling them scones but they are much lighter than scones with a softer texture. As soon as I tasted them I knew quick bread was the most appropriate name.
Can you adapt this garlic quick bread?
I've adapted the recipe a little from the original recipe. Firstly, I've converted the measurements into metric to make it an easier recipe for a UK audience, although you can easily convert it back. I've also reduced the salt a little and added some herbs to the bread mixture but otherwise the recipe is the same.
There is a lot of butter in the bread and I'm sure it would work with a little less butter. After all, I'm normally known for my healthy low fat recipes. Unfortunately this is an exception! Never mind, it's a great bread for a tasty indulgent treat.
You can also substitute fresh garlic for the garlic powder. Just use one large clove of crushed garlic instead of the garlic powder.
How to substitute the buttermilk?
This garlic quick bread contains buttermilk but it's not an ingredient lots of people buy regularly in the UK. Personally, I always have yogurt in the fridge but I don't always have buttermilk.
If you decide to make this at the last minute then there are a couple of ways you can substitute the buttermilk. You can just use the same quantity of yogurt. Alternatively, use milk but add 1.5 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar to it. Let it stand for five minutes before you use it.
What makes a quick bread rise?
Quick breads are made without yeast. Instead they have baking powder in which means they rise quickly in the oven. You don't need to wait for the yeast to do it's magic first! There's also no need to knead the bread which is definitely a bonus if you are short on time.
The best thing about this garlic butter quick bread!
If you like garlic then I promise you the smell of this quick bread is amazing as it bakes. It wafts out of the oven and fills the kitchen making you really really hungry. I couldn't wait for it to be ready and once it was ready it was a struggle to leave it to cool.
In fact, there is no need to leave it to cool, it's absolutely delicious fresh from the oven.
What can you serve with this quick bread?
We ate the quick bread as a side with a beef salad one day and some chicken and salad the next day. But, it is just perfect with soup on a cooler day. It would go really well with this simple tomato soup or this sausage and tomato soup.
However you serve it or if you even just have it as a snack, I promise you'll absolutely love it. In fact, you'll love it so much you'll be struggling to stop yourself making it again and again and again!
Do you need any special equipment to make this no yeast garlic bread?
No, no special equipment at all. You just need a large bowl to mix all the ingredients up in and then a glass or metal dish to bake the bread in.
This does of course mean that there's not a lot of washing up either after making this bread! Even with a dishwasher to do some of it, I still like recipes that don't use too many pots and pans!
Here are some more tasty bread recipes
There are not many things more enticing than the smell of freshly baked homemade bread! Why not try one of these bread recipes?
Tomato and nigella seed soda bread
Basic white soda bread with yogurt
Cheese and olive scones with garlic and basil
Garlic and Herb Butter Quick Bread
- 110 g unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 320 g plain flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 415 ml buttermilk
- Grease a 20cm baking tin. A metal tin would be best to stop the quick bread from sticking but I had to use a glass pyrex dish.
- Put the butter in a bowl and melt in the microwave. Mix in the garlic and 1 teaspoon of dried parsley.
- Pour the butter into the baking dish.
- Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and the other teaspoon of dried parsley in a mixing bowl.
- Stir in the buttermilk to get a thick batter.
- Put the batter in the baking dish and pat it down and into the sides of the dish.
- Use a knife and score the bread so it makes 9 pieces.
- Bake the bread in a preheated oven at 220C for about 20-25 minutes. The bread will have risen and be golden when it's ready.
- Let it cool a little in the dish then turn it out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. It's delicious warm or cold.
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I'm not any good at coverting measurements, and here in the US, most recipes are in cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons. Could someone help me with these measurements? I'm wanting to make the "Garlic & Herb Butter Quick Bread". Thank you for your help.
Sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. If you look in the recipe card there is a button that says 'US Customary'. If you click on that it should convert the recipe into cups for you. Let me know what you think.
I made this today but I think I must have over-baked it because it wasn't light and fluffy. It was pretty dense. Maybe next time I will reduce the flour a little and definitely add more garlic because I could barely taste it and make more of the butter/herb mixture. It's definitely worth a second try though.
It's a shame it didn't turn out quite as well as it could have. You could definitely increase the amount of garlic next time if it wasn't garlicy enough. Or use fresh garlic rather than garlic powder.
This looks delish! Is there any way to substitute the garlic powder for freshly crushed garlic?
Yes of course. Just use one large clove of crushed garlic instead of the garlic powder.
Hi, just made this bust as you said in this US we call these biscuits. I was making Pasta Fazoole for dinner tonight and wanted some home-made garlic bread that was quick to throw together. This recipe won me over because I already have a recipe similar to it but without the parsley and garlic. If you punch in Butter Swim Biscuits in Pintrest you will come up with a recipe that is very similar to yours, maybe the same as the one you originally missed because the site was no longer available to you.
Thank you for posting this. The only thing I did different was put in a 1/4 tsp. Of garlic powder into the flour mixture. They came out perfect and was a great addition to out dinner.
Hi Joan, I'm so pleased you like this recipe and I love the sound of the extra garlic powder in the flour mix. It must give them just a little extra flavour. I will certainly have a look for butter swim biscuits to compare the recipe too. Thanks for letting me know how they turned out.
Hi Corina, I'm sire you will find the Butter Swim Biscuit recipe pretty much the same as yours.
I have taken the Butter Swim Biscuit recipe and added cheese to it and also have made it adding caramelized onions. I think you will enjoy it or you can make those additions to your own recipe.
By the way, after dinner last night not one piece of your garlic bread left. Bunch off little piggies!
Just made this and it was absolutely delicious! One bowl and 22 minutes in the oven... you can't beat it.
Thanks so much for letting me know - It's lovely to hear from people who've made my recipes. I'm really pleased you liked it!
When my kids were little, my favorite things to cook/bake with them were cookies and bread! I think if the kids know they will like the end product, they will be more interested in the process. Of course, who doesn’t like cookies and bread?
I know! If only it worked so well on some other dishes. I would love my kids to eat things like shepherds pie or moussaka for example!
Only 40 minutes to get a delicious looking bread? I'm in! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing it 🙂
I'm so pleased you like it! It's a real comfort food bread.
Oh yummy! I love all the flavors in this biscuit/bread, it souns so easy to make, I'm going to make it for our dinner tonight!
I hope it's a hit in your house too Patty!
Julie Running in a Skirt
How tasty is this!! I love a good biscuit/ bread recipe and this one looks so delish. can't wait to try.
Thanks Julie! It is a really lovely recipe. Quite an indulgent bread!
Susan @ Simply Sundays
Yum! Looks easy and delicious! SO fluffy. My family will love these (will probably have to double it, lol!) totally trying them out this weekend. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Susan! I hope your family really like them.
Oh, my word! I want this so badly, I might have to make it right this second! Such gorgeous flavors and it looks so deliciously moist! Thanks you for this great recipe.
Thanks Beth! It is a delicious recipe. Not healthy but definitely delicious!
Made it. Loved it!
I'm so so pleased you liked it and thanks for letting me know!
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
WOW....I love making homemade bread, and this QUICK bread makes it easy for supper any night of the week. Perfect for all the soup, stews and chilis this comfort food season.
Exactly! I think this is my favourite quick bread recipe although with all the garlic butter I have to admit it's not my healthiest!
Oh, yum! This looks like a great quick bread! It wold be so awesome next to a soup or stew!
Oh it is! I love to make it if we're just having soup for dinner.
Yes please and thank you!!! Oh how I love garlic bread!!
You can't beat garlic bread, can you? I just can't stop eating it when it's freshly made!
This looks so easy to make and absolutely delicious...that's what I call a perfect recipe!
Thanks Sarah! It's so good to make alongside a soup at this time of year too.
This looks so easy! A great side for weeknight dinners 🙂
Thanks Megan! It is really delicious and I'm so pleased you like it.
Is this Aktins friendly.
I'm sorry, I don't think it would be as it's high in carbs.
Had to come and see how this was made having seen it in Cook Once Eat Twice. It sounds fabulous Corina and I'm just wondering if I can make it for supper.
So pleased you've been tempted by it! We loved it.
This looks almost IDENTICAL to a dish we used to have as part of our school dinners 😀 I need to make this!!!
You must have had better school dinner than I did! So pleased you like it!
I love quick breads for when you want homemade bread but are short of time! This loaf looks go good, perfect for a pasta dish. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
Yes, I am even more of a fan of quick breads than I used to be as this was just so good! It really would be lovely with pasta too!
Corina, I thought this would really be good with my Mexican Casserole because my husband and I both love garlic bread with our casserole
. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am definitely going to give it a whirle !!!
Thanks for letting me know Sharon! I'm sure it would be great with your Mexican casserole.
Christine | Vermilion Roots
This bread is unbelievably quick to make! Love it!
Thank you Christine! I love quick and easy recipes.
I'm trying to cut down on carbs, but looking at something so delicious makes it soooo hard! I know that my family will absolutely LOVE this bread though, so I'm pinning this just for them! 🙂
I could never cut down on carbs - I love them so much! I hope you enjoy this
Garlic + Zest
This quick bread looks heavenly! Give me a stick of butter and step out of the way!
So pleased you like it!
I've been looking for recipes that feature herbs. This sounds perfectly flavored and simple to whip up - even on a weeknight! Your photos are beautiful and tempt me!!
shared all over!
Thank you Noel! It's always nice to feel I've tempted someone!
I love making quick bread - this sounds lovely #cookblogshare
Thank you! This has definitely give me a new appreciation of quick bread.
Looks so so so good!
Thank you! It was so so morish!
WOW! This bread look so soft, beautiful and delicious. Loved it!
Thank you Sri! It has got a lovely texture and we all loved it!
Well I reckon this would last all of about five minutes if I put this on the table for dinner here - yum! #CookBlogShare
That's the problem!
oh wow this looks so good! x
Thank you Jenny! It's really tasty and a lovely change from baguette style garlic bread.
I love garlic bread and I do like the sound of this quick and easy version. Pinning!! Eb x
Thanks Eb! Garlic bread is a real favourite of mine too and it was hard to stop eating this! x
Elaine @ foodbod
This looks so good!!!! I know some boys who will LOVE it!
Thank you Elaine! We all loved it.
Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
Love how simple this is to make Corina, I shall certainly have to give it a try,
Thank you Angela! It's another alternative to your lovely no-knead breads! I hope you enjoy it if you do try it x
Seems like a perfect bread for cooking in the summer and sounds real tasty. Cant wait to try.
Thank you! It goes really well with salads or soups so great at any time. I hope you enjoy it!
Thank you Melissa!
Love this! I am often looking for a quick bread to have with dinner. Can't wait to give this a try.
Thanks Julie! It's always lovely to have homemade bread with dinner, isn't it?!
This bread looks great. I'm going to have to put it on my to try list for when we have a pasta dish.
It would be lovely alongside pasta! I'm sure I'll be making it again soon!
This looks like a wonderful alternative to garlic bread, and even your typical sweet quick breads! I'm going to have to give it a try soon! 🙂
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it.
How perfect. I'm making this next time I make pasta!
Thank you Jean! Please let me know if you enjoy it as much as we did!
Cookaholic Wife (@cookaholicwife)
Looks mouth-wateringly delicious!
Thank you! It's such a shame I've eaten it all now.
Haha, yeah - a biscuit is a type of bread in the US. These look great!
Yes, I did struggle to decide what to call these! I just knew the name had to change or I would have thoroughly confused a lot of people reading my blog in the UK!
I'm intrigued by this recipe. Cannot wait to give it a go.
Please let me know how it goes. We absolutely loved it!
I'm sharing this! Looks absolutely delicious 🙂 Yeah, I know that feeling when you cant wait for things to cool before you slice them 😀 Guilty!
Thank you so much Natalie!
These are absolutely going on my to make list.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! I'm definitely making them again soon.
why i am not skinny
I have made these too and they are really MORE-ISH!
Great SRC choice!
I can understand why you made them too! Lovely recipe!
Kristy from Southern In Law
This looks positively scrumptious!
Thank you! It was delicious!
These would be the perfect accompaniment for a soup or chili.... Actually, anything but I have soup and chili on the brain!!
Yes, they would! I love soup and chilli too and might well make them again next we have a a chilli. I make a lot of soups in winter and I'm sure I'll be making them a lot then.