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How to Make Garlic Bread from Scratch

5 from 3 votes
Making garlic bread from scratch takes no time and almost no effort with my no-knead Ciabatta Bread and roasted garlic butter!
Homemade garlic bread from scratch is cut up into pieces and served alongside homemade pizza sauce.

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WHAT YOU GET: My Garlic Bread from Scratch recipe takes no-knead Homemade Ciabatta Bread and drenches it with roasted garlic in butter to make the most flavorful garlic bread you’ve ever tasted. Serve this alongside your favorite pasta or spaghetti for a delicious meal!

Why have plain bread when you can spice things up? My Homemade Garlic Bread recipe is made from scratch, yet tastes even better than store-bought alternatives — and, might I say, even restaurant versions. 

This no-knead bread recipe is based on my Bakery-Style No-Knead Ciabatta Bread combined with my Roasted Garlic and Herb Butter. Topping off the bread with this deliciously savory garlicky roasted herb butter will bring your bread game to the next level. Pop it in the oven for a few minutes, and you will also get that lovely toasted texture with extra bite.

With just 13 ingredients, no kneading, and no special equipment, you’re on your way to adding bread-making to your baking toolbelt!

Homemade garlic bread is cut up and served alongside pizza sauce. The garlic bread is golden brown and topped with garlic herb butter.

What Is Ciabatta Bread?

Ciabatta Bread is a type of Italian bread that is well-known for its great crust and chewiness. Ciabatta works really well for sandwiches and especially garlic bread! Since this bread is no-knead, it’s a great beginner-friendly recipe to try out.

Elevate Your Ciabatta Bread And Compound Butter Flavor:

  • Store raw Ciabatta dough in the fridge for up to 2 days to let the flavor and texture develop.
  • Have discarded sourdough? Add it to the Ciabatta dough for extra flavor and more elastic dough.
  • Be sure to generously dust your kitchen towel with flour so it can be easily removed after proofing!
  • When roasting garlic, make sure that your cloves are cut side up, or else the exposed parts of the cloves will burn.
    • To keep your garlic upright, you can roast foil-covered bulbs of garlic in a muffin tin.
  • Use unsalted butter for the flavored butter, and add your flakey salt for better flavor and texture.

Tools To Make Garlic Bread From Scratch:

  • Ciabatta Bread:
    • Measuring cups and spoons
    • Mixing bowls
    • Plastic wrap
    • Kitchen towel
    • 2 large baking sheets
    • Serrated knife
  • Roasted Garlic And Herb Compound Butter:

A piece of homemade garlic bread is dipped into homemade pizza sauce.

How To Roast Garlic

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Prepare the heads of garlic by cutting the tips off the top of both to expose the cloves, and rub them with olive oil. Wrap the heads in aluminum foil, and place them cut side up on a baking sheet. Roast for about 40 minutes until they are brown.

How To Store Garlic Bread

My Homemade Garlic Bread tastes best the day it’s made, but feel free to wrap your day-old Garlic Bread in foil and reheat it again in the oven. It’s best stored at room temperature, but your bread can become dry and stale. To preserve them for extended periods, store them in a bag for up to 3 months in the freezer.

If you have leftover Ciabatta Bread, store it in an airtight container for up to 3 days. I recommend freezing the second loaf you make. Slice it before you freeze so you can grab slices when you want!

For leftover Garlic And Herb Compound Butter, store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or slice and freeze for up to 2 months. 

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making The Best Garlic Bread From Scratch:

  • Roasted Garlic and Herb Butter is one of my compound butters made from my butter recipe, How to Make Homemade Butter.
  • You can use ANY of my compound butter recipes on grilled bread.
  • If you don’t want to make homemade bread, then you can use store-bought bread.
  • You can use all-purpose flour for this recipe if you don’t have bread flour, but your bread won’t be as chewy.
  • Use day-old bread when making garlic bread. It’s much easier to cut.
  • Shopping tip: There is usually a section in most supermarkets for bread that is just a day old but marked down and cheaper than the bread freshly baked that day. I buy this and put it in the freezer for breadcrumbs or garlic bread in the future.
  • Serve it with any of my homemade pasta recipes, like my Pici Pasta.
  • You can also serve your Garlic Bread with my 5-Minute Pizza sauce.

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Homemade Garlic Bread

5 from 3 votes
Making garlic bread from scratch takes no time and almost no effort with my no-knead Ciabatta Bread and roasted garlic butter!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Making garlic bread from scratch takes no time and almost no effort with my no-knead Ciabatta Bread and roasted garlic butter!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 people



  • Roast the garlic and mix together all of the ingredients for your Roasted Garlic and Herb Butter. Place in the fridge until needed. This can be made in advance.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut your Bakery-Style No-Knead Ciabatta Bread (or baguettes) lengthways.
  • Generously spread the Roasted Garlic and Herb Butter over each piece of bread. Place on a foil-lined baking tray butter side up.
  • Broil/grill on low heat until it is lightly golden brown on top and sizzling, about 5 minutes. No need to turn the bread over.
  • Cut and serve while hot with my 5-Minute Pizza Sauce! It's best eaten the day it is made, but feel free to wrap day-old garlic bread in foil and reheat again in the oven.
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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.


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