Zola’s Adventure Garlic Bread

A family friend who owns two local cafes gave me this recipe. It is a delicious and surprising twist on plain old garlic bread. Don’t be fooled by the unusual ingredients, the sweet and salty flavors are perfect complements to each other! All the ingredient amounts are approximate, so adjust them to suit your tastes.

Original recipe makes 16 servings


1/2 cup butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups trail mix with dried cranberries, without chocolate pieces
1 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (1 pound) loaf round focaccia bread, cut in half horizontally
2/3 cup freshly grated Romano cheese

  • PREP

    20 mins

  • COOK

    15 mins


    35 mins


  1. Melt 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion; cook and stir until deep brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup and trail mix. Heat to 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup drizzled from a spoon forms hard, brittle threads. Pour onto parchment paper, and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven’s broiler.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining butter and garlic. Spread onto the cut side of the focaccia bread halves. Crumble the candied trail mix and onion over the garlic butter, and top with Romano cheese. Place the focaccia onto a baking sheet.
  4. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Cut into wedges to serve.


Calories: 314 kcal
Carbohydrates: 36.9 g
Cholesterol: 28 mg
Fat: 16.5 g
Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 6.9 g
Sodium: 332 mg