Garlic bread has to be one of my favourite foods when growing up. That was until I found out I was lactose intolerant. Well that’s crunchy bread with a soft buttery centre was out of the window for me to enjoy! Let that be no more.
I’ve been craving some garlic bread recently and on my day off from work, I thought why not make some. I tend to buy Stork: Perfect for Biscuits and Pastries as a butter substitute, which I rarely do. This spread doesn’t contain any buttermilk unlike the tub of Stork, however it is not strictly labelled as suitable for vegans. Otherwise I stick to my trusty LucyBee Coconut Oil for cooking and baking.
Unfortunately neither of the local supermarkets stocked a dairy free spread although at the last shop, to my surprise, I did find the new Flora Freedom! My mum used to be a massive advocate of Flora and whilst growing up, this would be the butter in the fridge. Anyhow moving on.
Flora Freedom is a dairy free spread, essentially just another vegetable spread? Well, this particular Flora spread is made from 100% plant oils* and is free from preservatives, additives, artificial colours and flavours. The texture and flavour is still signature Flora like, delicious! A great combination to create a classic flavoursome dish such as.. garlic bread!
1 baguette or ciabatta loaf
70g Flora Freedom Dairy Free spread or other vegetable oil based alternative
4 medium/big cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped
Handful of parsley, finely chopped
Grated vegan cheese, optional (Violife is FAB)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
- Line a baking tray, long enough to bake the loaf, with foil.
- Carefully slice the loaf of bread downwards and lengthways.
- Add the butter and garlic to a bowl, mix well until a paste is formed.
- Spread the garlic butter evenly over the bread.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Turn OFF oven and turn ON grill on low heat (Can keep on oven mode if you wish).
- Sprinkle parsley and cheese if using over the garlic bread and return to grill.
- Grill for 5 minutes, remove from heat.
- Slice into sharing pieces. Tuck in and enjoy!
* It’s a bit of a peeve as Flora Freedom contains palm oil. Unilever states that they are committed to sourcing sustainable palm oil. There are other dairy free spreads on the market which are better for you and the environment. Read more information here.