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?
Garlic and Herb Butter Quick Bread
- 110 g unsalted butter
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 320 g plain flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp 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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