Crusty bread loaf, loaded with garlic, cheese and topped with caramelised onion

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I know why I am packing on the pounds – take a look at this crusty loaf, oozing with cheese, garlic and silky green olive oil; and it will be plain for the world to see. It’s plain for me to see, but I can’t seem to help myself as I am enjoying a slower pace of life and, in particular, writing about food. Now that I am not on a frantic schedule to run a commercial kitchen, writing about food means cooking and experimenting with different ingredients and that by implication is adding up to an expanding waist line. Why wasn’t I born to be one of those people happy to push a piece of lettuce and cucumber around a plate? Alas no, God blessed me with an appetite and a passion for food – good, wholesome, calorific food!! I will make a resolution for the new year to eat in moderation (yes, I know it’s only September but I need time to prepare) – ‘all things in moderation!’ Sensible people giving sound advice to the young – oh, how I hated the memory of those pious words! It made me want to be all the more demonstrative. Do it big! Go the whole way!! Apply lashings of butter and add another dollop of double cream! Watch out for the headline – ‘Wife Spontaneously Combusts!!!

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Ready to be wrapped in foil and baked.

Enough pontification about me. You’ll be more interested in the cheesy bread, therefore – to the post in hand (about to be in mouth)! This is so easy to prepare and is so very, very good and hunger busting. Buy (or bake) a quality crusty loaf of white bread. With a sharp bread knife cut the loaf vertically and horizontally, leaving the base in tact. I used two types of cheese ( Red Leicester and Brie), because that is what I had available in the fridge. Cut the cheeses into strips and wedge between the cuts. Spike with slices of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil. Wrap in foil and heat through in the oven at 170 degrees centigrade for about 25 minutes.

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After 25 minutes baking in foil – remove the wrap ~drizzle with more olive oil and pop it back in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the foil, drizzle with more olive oil and bake for a further 5 or 10 minutes allowing the cheeses to melt more and the garlic to soften and infuse. While this is happening, cut a red onion (or white onion) into thin slices and pan fry in butter and olive oil. Laddle over the top of the bread and serve. Cured pork loin or air dried ham is a perfect companion. What a wonderfully satisfying lunch or accompaniment to a salad. Great also to share as a starter at a dinner party!

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Good enough to eat!

 


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