Best Ever Garlic Bread by Allinson's

  • Total Time

    2h 5m
    • Prep Time

      1h 20m
    • Bake Time

  • Serves


We sure know how to name our recipes and this one lives up to its title. Tried and tested by the whole family, our Best Ever Garlic Bread made with Allinson's olive oil dough is a sure-fire favourite for experienced bakers. We find a great alternative for newbies are our moreish Dough Balls also made with Allinson's olive oil dough.   


  1. MIX Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a big bowl. Mix the water and oil together, then stir in with a cutlery knife.

  2. KNEAD Tip onto a lightly flour dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes (or use the dough hook attachment on your mixer).

  3. RISE Lightly grease the mixing bowl with some oil. Put the dough back in, cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size – about 1 hour depending on how warm your kitchen is. Mash together the soft butter, Parmesan, crushed garlic and parsley.

  4. SHAPE Knock back the dough by gently kneading just 5 times to get the air out. Line the base and ends of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with a strip of parchment. Cut the dough in half, roll each half to a 30cm square then use scissors to cut each square into 9 smaller squares. Spread the garlic butter over the squares, then stack up all the squares like a giant sandwich. Lift the stack into the tin on it’s side to make a stripy loaf. To stop the stack falling over while filling the tin, rest one end of the tin on a rolling pin.

  5. PROVE Cover the dough again with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 10 minutes. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 4).

  6. BAKE Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden and crisp. Cool in the tin for 30 minutes then enjoy hot or cold.

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  1. 5 star rating

    I made this last night from some frozen dough I'd made at the weekend. Best idea ever! The kids surprised me and ate the most.

  2. 5 star rating

    I can't believe I've never made this before. It's so easy and really effective!

  3. 5 star rating

    This was amazing! The recipe was really easy to follow and the result was fantastic. I'm never buying garlic bread again!

  4. 5 star rating

    Made this at the weekend and you are right it is a great recipe. I normally take a pic of my bakes and share them on Instagram but I couldn't as we ate it so quickly!

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