Experience the tempting scent and delicious taste of this Cheesy Garlic Bread Loaf. Ideal for a relaxed outdoor barbecue or a family dinner at home, this recipe combines fresh thyme, smooth mozzarella, and my irresistible homemade garlic butter. This mixture transforms a basic Turkish bread into an extraordinary dish. This recipe is distinct from our classic Garlic Bread Rolls, as it presents a unique take on a traditional bread dish that’s sure to impress your guests. Moreover, the homemade garlic butter used here isn’t just tasty but also versatile, making it a key ingredient in our delightful Mediterranean Bruschetta. Enjoy the pleasure of baking this cheesy garlic bread loaf, as we blend classic methods with a modern touch. Be sure to check out my other recipes for meals that combine fresh, straightforward ingredients into something truly special.
Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
Using a sharp knife, make diagonal cuts across the top of the loaf of Turkish bread. Be careful not to cut all the way through. Repeat the process in the opposite direction to create a diamond or square pattern, forming sections within the loaf.
Peel the garlic cloves and mince them. Then, pick the thyme leaves from their stems.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Once melted, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.
Pour the slightly cooled melted butter into the minced garlic and thyme, leaving out the residue at the bottom of the saucepan to ensure a visually appealing final product. Use a blender or a hand mixer to blend this mixture together until well combined.
Gradually pour the garlic and thyme-infused butter over the bread, ensuring it seeps into all the cuts. Gently pull apart the sections of the bread to make sure the butter mixture penetrates well.
Stuff the cuts in the bread with the shredded mozzarella cheese, ensuring all the pockets are well filled.
Lightly sprinkle salt over the top of the bread.
Place the prepared loaf on a baking sheet and bake it in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the bread is crispy on top.