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Buttery Thyme Bread

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Even without the fresh thyme sprinkled on top, this is hands down, one of my biggest crowd pleasers. The bread is so, so delicious, and almost painfully simple: storebought french bread, butter, fresh thyme. But the magic is in the details, baby—specifically, the preparation and baking technique.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French Bread (Storebought Is Fine)
  • 2 sticks Salted Butter, Softened
  • 3 sprigs Or More Fresh Thyme, To Taste

Preparation

Chop some fresh thyme. Cut the French bread loaf in half lengthwise. Spread 1 stick of softened, room-temperature butter on each half (one stick on one half, and the remaining stick on the other half). Make sure the butter is very, very soft so it won’t tear the bread. Also—very important—make sure the butter is salted.

Bake at 350ºF for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove the bread from the oven and—this is the kicker—turn on the broiler. Stick the bread back into the oven and BROIL it for 3 to 5 minutes, watching it the entire time. You want the butter to start caramelizing. When done, take the bread out of the oven and sprinkle the chopped fresh thyme all over the top.

To serve, cut into 1-inch slices and throw into a breadbasket, or arrange artfully on a shiny, funky platter.

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AMC on 5.19.2010

sounds great. Butter, bread and thyme all crispy?! YUM!!

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