Bake One, Freeze One Garlic Bread

This easy to freeze garlic bread is one of those things my mom used to do to save time. She’d buy bread on sale and knock out quite a few garlic breads for the freezer and always bake one that night. It’s so simple to do and it’s nice to have a little stockpile of garlic bread in the freezer because bread is something I never remember to pick up at the store when we need it and spaghetti tends to be something we have for dinner when I’m scrambling for something for dinner in the pantry.

The secret to my mom’s garlic bread is the slicing before the baking. As she used to say, “why try and cut hot bread if you don’t have to?” Now. This might be a thing all of the internet now (honestly, I have no idea), but in 1986 this was revolutionary stuff. Just keep the slices nice and tight and still in bread shape within the foil and it will be just like cooking a loaf intact.

Note: this makes soft garlic bread (which I prefer), not the crunchy open faced type.

Bake One, Freeze One Garlic Bread
makes 2 loaves

  •  1 loaf of bread (either italian or a hefty baguette)
  • 1/3 stick of salted butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • italian seasonings
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic power
  1. In a small bowl, mix butter, galic, herbs and spices
  2. Slice the entire load of bread in half lengthwise
  3. Spread both sides of bread with garlic butter mixture then close up the bread
  4. Slice bread horizontally and slide onto a large piece of foil, keeping bread slices tightly together
  5. Wrap bread tightly in foil by folding the short ends of the foil over  the ends of the bread, then bringing the long sides up and pinching tightly together and folding them down*. Wrap both loaves.
  6. Pop the one for the freezer in to a zip top freezer bag, label it and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you are ready to cook it, leave it on the counter to thaw for an hour or two before baking.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and then bake the foil wrapped loaf for 20 minutes. Use care when opening and serve.
*I was trying to find better instructions because my photos didn’t come out very well and I came across this wrapping methods for freezing chart that is quite interesting.
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2 Responses to “Bake One, Freeze One Garlic Bread”

  1. Brigid Keely says:

    I’m 5’2″ and am taller than our fridge/freezer.

    Recipes like this are fantastic and are incredibly frustrating because I literally don’t have space for spare bread in the freezer. We can’t even buy frozen pizzas unless we’re going to bake them right away because the freezer is so small. Ugh, so frustrating.

    Thanks for sharing this, though, it’s a GREAT idea. Especially the whole slicing the bread first.

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    Amy Reply:

    The slicing first idea is way better than the making extra tip, anyways.

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