12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 cloves garlic, grated or minced (Grating on a microplane works very well.)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 (1-inch) slices Italian bread (I got more slices from my loaf, so I just made them all.)
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position, place rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat oven to 425*F. Using fork, beat butter, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper in small bowl until combined. Spread butter mixture evenly over both sides of bread.
2. Arrange buttered bread on heated baking sheet and bake until golden brown on first side, 8 to 10 minutes. Flip and bake until golden brown on second side, about 5 minutes. Serve.
This recipe is from the 2009 Cook's Country Annual. On the one hand, I think garlic bread is one of those things that most people make well and never look at a recipe. On the other hand, I am not one of those people. This garlic bread was fantastic. It was extremely crispy and had a very pleasant garlic flavor that wasn’t overwhelming at all.