Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C, and line a half sheet size baking sheet with foil for easy clean up.
In a small bowl, combine the butter with garlic, black pepper, and parsley. Stir until well combined. I do this using a fork.
Slice the baguette lengthwise with a serrated/bread knife, and place cut side up on a baking sheet.
Spread butter mixture over the baguette with a spatula.
Place the bread in the center of the oven, and bake for 8 minutes.
Move to bread under the broiler, and broil (about 5 inches/12cm from the broiler) for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
Cut into slices and serve warm.
Herbed Garlic Bread - Add a teaspoon of Italian Seasoning or your favorite dried or fresh herbs to the butter spread mixture. Parmesan Garlic Bread - Sprinkle parmesan cheese onto the bread before broiling.Spicy Garlic Bread - Add a small amount of crushed red pepper into the butter mixture for a spicy garlic bread.