Recently I went to a restaurant in London called Foleys. It’s amazing! The food is inspired by flavours from the Middle East and Asia. They had fennel butter with grilled sourdough on the menu, I fell in love. It was so good that I decided to replicate it at home. I have never come across fennel butter before as it’s mainly used with fish or meat dishes. Vegetarians shouldn’t have to miss out. Now you can enjoy fennel butter with pull-apart style bread.
I have been making garlic bread at home for as long as I can remember. For this recipe, I have replaced the garlic butter with fennel butter. I love bread you can pull apart as they look really good and are perfect for sharing. It is a super easy way to impress your guests at a dinner party. Now you will have a double impressive factor as you will be serving it with fennel butter.
Did you know that fennel is a flowering plant from the carrot family and one of the main ingredients in absinthe? It is an aromatic vegetable that has a liquorice-like flavour. It is a rich source of vitamin C, fibre and potassium. It is low in calories and can help with indigestion and flatulence. It is generally in season from June to October in the UK. It is a great vegetable to add to salads. It can be eaten raw or cooked.
Prepare the fennel by cutting the root of it in an upside down V shape and trim the flower top part. For this recipe, start with roasting the fennel with some olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Once roasted, add to the butter and mash or use a food processor to form the creamy butter. Slice the bread in one direction first and then turn around and slice in the opposite direction. Make sure not to cut right to the bottom of the bread, this will help it to stay together. Spread with fennel butter and roast in the oven for 10-20 minutes.
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Fennel butter – pull-apart bread
Yield 6 people
Fennel butter with pull-apart bread is the perfect way to impress guests when throwing a dinner party. It’s tasty, delicious and looks great. Make room for the new version of garlic bread.
- 1 fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 50g butter, cubed at room temperature
- 1 small loaf fresh bread
- Preheat the oven to 200°c or 400°f.
- Place the fennel on a baking tray, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with lime juice and olive oil.
- Roast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until soft.
- Mash the roasted fennel with a fork and mix with the butter until smooth. You can do this by hand or by using a food processor.
- Slice the bread in one direction and then turn and slice again, make sure you don’t slice right down to the bottom as this will help it hold together.
- Spread with fennel butter in between the pieces of bread, don’t worry if bits of bread fall out, just add them back in.
- Roast in the oven for 5-10 minutes until golden brown and warm.
- Extra butter can be frozen or kept refrigerated.
- Can be made using slices of bread instead of pull-apart bread.
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 13 mg
Sodium 788 mg
Total Carbohydrates 4 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 9 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.