Garlic & Cheese Pull Apart Bread

Last week I was pretty much glued to Pinterest…don’t lie, I know more than half of you do the same thing! 😉 It’s a great site with some wonderful ideas and DIY projects. If you aren’t part of it you should join, unless you have other ways to spend hours of your life! Anywayyy, of those hours I spent on Pinterest last week I found some really amazing recipes that I must try, like cookie dough egg rolls and cinnamon roll cake. This past weekend I decided to go with something savory and since it’s football time in our apartment I thought this would be a great dish for the game.

My handsome man is a huge fan of all things pizza and pizza-like. Plus I made an actual pizza and stromboli last weekend so I thought I had to change it up a little. This was perfect. He dug right in (as did I) and almost the whole bread was gone by the end of the night! Bad idea by the way, try not to do that. Bread is really filling after you eat almost a whole loaf, just in case you weren’t sure of that.

Garlic & Cheese Pull Apart Bread
adapted from The Pastry Affair


2 packets active dry yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast and water. Let sit 5 minutes until yeast is foamy. Mix in the olive oil, salt, and flour. If you have a stand mixer, attach the dough hook and knead the dough for 5-6 minutes, or until elastic. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until dough is doubled in size.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter, parsley flakes, and minced garlic. Set aside.

Punch down the dough. Tear off small pieces of dough, roll into a ball, coat in the butter mixture, and place in the bottom of a bundt pan. Repeat this process until you have one layer of dough balls. Sprinkle on 1/3 of the Parmesan & mozzarella cheese.

Continue layering the dough balls and cheese until you have 3 layers. Cover the pan with a clean towel and allow to sit until dough has doubled in size, 20-30 minutes.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bread is golden brown. Serve hot with a side of marinara or pizza sauce.

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11 Responses to “Garlic & Cheese Pull Apart Bread”

  1. January 23, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    Oh this looks amazing!!! I could drown in these rolls.

  2. January 19, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    Wow – this is stunning! Garlic AND cheese? Is this heaven?

  3. January 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    This looks like something I’d have at a restaurant. I’d totally eat it all. Looks so yum!!!

  4. January 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    you sure got me at that last picture mouth watering delish! your right about pinterest!

  5. January 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    This looks way too good and too dangerous!

  6. January 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    It never occurred to me to make bread in my bundt pan!! Good idea!

  7. January 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Ahh I’ve always wanted to make pull-apart bread and monkey bread but I have yet to get this loaf pan 🙂 This looks so delicious!

  8. January 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love flavored breads and this one sounds fantastic with the addition of the cheese!

  9. January 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    This is such a great idea!! I think this would be a great addition to my superbowl party food list!

  10. January 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    This is one of my favorite breads-yum! The recipe has been tucked away but I do remember how much flavor is packed into one fluffy, buttery garlic morsel of this bread. It does disappear like magic, but I will never confess to how much of this stuff I can put away. Simply delicious!

  11. January 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I my I wish you hadn’t shared this, I am one of those all things pizza people as well. This looks delicious. I really want to make this bread and dip it in that sauce.