A Southern Grace: loaf at first sight

April 11, 2016

loaf at first sight


I knew just as soon as I saw that first loaf of pull-apart bread on an undoubtedly terrific blog that it was something I wanted to stuff into my face make and eat in a ladylike manner.

That was probably at least a year ago, and now I've finally followed through. I think I anticipated that the process would be more difficult and messy than it actually turned out to be, so I'm ashamed that I put it off for so long.

There are plenty of recipes out there, and the one I ended up using came from King Arthur Flour. I didn't use their biscuit-cutter method, though, choosing instead to use a slice-and-stack approach that worked just fine. I happen to like those sharp corners that get extra browned and crunchy in the oven, thank you very much!

The ingredients you can use as your filling range from sweet to savory and include everything in between. I used cheese and rosemary for my first loaf, though I'm pretty sure this baklava-inspired creation will be my next endeavor (hopefully it won't take me another year to get to it...).

This bread is obviously most delicious right out of the oven when the cheese is still melty and the insides are soft. A little toasting action as the freshness wears off in the following days helps, as does a slathering of pepper jelly or a dip into a bowl of soup or chili.

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread
Adapted from this recipe and this method
(printable recipe)

Makes 1 loaf
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 4-1/2 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup grated cheese (I used Beemster Mustard Cheese!)
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, chopped
Start by warming your milk and pouring it over your butter to melt it.
Add the sugar and salt and let it cool slightly, then add your eggs, yeast, and all-purpose flour.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the rest of the sugar, salt, milk, and melted butter, eggs, rosemary, and yeast.
Once you’ve mixed and kneaded your dough, place the ball of dough in a large greased bowl, and cover it with a clean dish towel. Let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. A good way to quickly check to see if your dough is ready is to press it with your finger. If the indentation remains without springing back, it’s ready to go.
Roll dough out on a floured surface to create a rectangle about 12" x 20".
Spread the soft butter onto the dough and sprinkle evenly with cheese and rosemary. Pat it down to nestle it into the butter a little--this will help it stay on board as you begin to stack!
Cut dough into 6 short strips (I used a pizza cutter), stack them on top of each other, and then cut into 4 or 5 more strips depending on how wide you rolled your dough.
Carefully stack strips into a greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. If it's a really tight fit, then leave out a few strips, and bake them in a mini loaf pan or some other vessel. Let dough rise for another 30 minutes or so, or until it's puffy.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes to an internal temperature of 195-200 degrees F.
Remove from the oven and let the loaf sit for a few minutes in the pan, then remove it to cool more on a wire rack.


Angie Schneider said...

This looks fantastic! I love savoury version of pullapart. Cheese is always better. Well done, Grace.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Heavenly and extremely addictive!



Kate @ Framed Cooks said...

First of all, I love the title of this post!! And second, I am dying to try pull-apart bread...why have I never made it before?? I'm starting with yours. :)

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Grace, love savory breads, this one looks amazing and does not sound too difficult to make. Have a great week.

Marjie said...

It looks great! Maybe I will try it this weekend when the kids are home. Or maybe I'll follow your lead and wait a year. Either way, it looks like a great hit.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

this looks so good, can't beat fresh bread

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I love pull-apart bread! To make it with cheese? Even better!

Brie N said...

Looks fantastic and sooo fluffy! I'm excited to hear it's not overwhelming to make a pull apart loaf, I've always been too intimidated to try baking one. Great job Grace!

Balvinder Ubi said...

when I these kind of savory pull apart breads I miss my gluten days. This bread look so super delish.

Abby said...

Ditto on drooling over this recipe forever, on the crunchy bits, on the pepper jelly...I could go on! Delicious. I wouldn't want to share!

Amanda said...

Oh delish, I am going to print it for my recipe file! I am trying to go without bread will consider it a treat.

sage said...

Looks good and I'm trying to cut down on breads.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Nothing smells better than freshly baked bread. I swear Grace I inhaled deeply when I opened up your page! :P

Barbara said...

So glad you made this, Grace. I keep seeing recipes for it online (there's a lemon one that looks fabulous) Haven't tried one yet and yours looks perfect. Most recipes are sweet. Love your savory cheese one.
(Saw an article about all the health advantages of cinnamon recently...should have copied the link and sent it to you!)

Adina said...

I have only made sweet pull apart bread until now, but this version looks so amazing! Pinning and hope to make it very soon!!

Elsa | the whinery said...

Ooh I've seen those tempting pull apart breads, and I've been meaning to make some too. This savoury one is really speaking to me. Yum!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

HEHEHE at your title, thanks for the bread smile. :) It looks perfect!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I LOVE the witty title...and wow this looks yummy :)

Janet @ Healthoop said...

Nice! I love this food! It looks delicious!