How to make garlic bread without an oven

Updated February 21, 2017

You don't need a conventional oven for making garlic bread. Two methods for baking this tasty bread exist -- toasting pre-made bread with garlic butter or baking a garlic-infused bread from scratch. Accomplish both of these on your hob or grill with the use of a Dutch oven. Made from heavy cast iron, a Dutch oven resembles a large covered soup tureen. The iron holds heat and evenly transfers it to the food, allowing you to bake bread on your hob or on a grill.

Dough method

Place the Dutch oven on a hob or grill over a medium-high heat for 20 minutes to preheat.

Handling the hot Dutch oven with oven gloves, place a piece of aluminium foil in the bottom of the oven.

Combine the garlic powder with the butter in a mixing bowl and knead it into the bread dough.

Shape the dough into a round loaf and put in the bottom of the Dutch oven, cover with a lid.

Turn the heat of a gas grill to high or keep the hob at a medium-high heat and place the Dutch oven over the heat.

Cook the bread for 30 to 40 minutes or until a food thermometer reads 94 degrees C (200F).

Remove the Dutch oven from the hob or grill and let the bread cool in the pan for five minutes before removing.

Loaf method

Slice prepared bread into slices or cut an entire loaf in half. Heat the Dutch oven on a hob over a medium-high heat.

Mix the garlic powder and butter in a mixing bowl.

Spread the garlic butter mixture over the cut surfaces of the bread.

Place the bread, cut-side down into the Dutch oven and cook for three minutes per side or until toasted, without the lid.

Things You'll Need

  • Cast iron Dutch oven
  • Oven gloves
  • Aluminium foil
  • White or wheat bread dough risen and ready for baking
  • Food thermometer
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) garlic powder
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) butter
  • Mixing bowl
  • Pre-made bread
  • Knife or spatula
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