Slash bread on the bias in 3/4 inch slices, but don't cut quite through bottom crust.
Cream garlic into butter; spread generously between slices.
Wrap loaf in aluminum foil or slip into paper sack.
Heat in hot oven (400°) 15 to 20 minutes or till piping hot.
For outdoor cooking, wrap loaf in foil and place on the grill until hot, turning bread frequently.
Sprinkle spices if desired.