Garlic Cheese Pull Apart Bread Recipe
September 18, 2016
This bread is something everyone will go nuts over! Garlic bread will never be the same again! A pull apart bread topped with mozzarella cheese. What could be better? Ah and we use a FRESH loaf of EZ Country White Bread!
- Prep: 1 hr
- Cook: 30 mins
- Yields: 1 loaf of pull apart bread
1Prepare Crusty Loaf Dump contents of EZ Country White Loaf Mix into a large mixing bowl. Add in water and oil and beat with a dough hook until dough forms (or beat with beaters and then use a wooden spoon to form dough) Knead dough for 5 minutes (or allow dough hook to do the work) Dough should be soft and elastic. Add an extra tablespoon of water at a time to reach soft and elastic dough consistency Cover dough with a damp cloth and place in a warm location to rise, about 40 minutes. Punch dough down and grease (well) a sheet pan with oil or melted butter. Form dough into a bowl or a loaf and brush top with oil or melted butter. Set aside in a warm place to rise. 45 minutes Preheat oven to 400F. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until top is golden. Allow to cool for 1 hour before making your pull apart bread
2Now to assemble your pullapart! Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
3Combine butter, salt and For the Love of Garlic in a heatproof bowl. Melt in microwave.
4Cut the bread on a diagonal into 2cm/1" diamonds but do not cut all the way through the bread (just like you would cut a french stick for garlic bread).
5Use your fingers or a knife to pry open each crack and drizzle in a teaspoon of butter and stuff in a pinch of cheese. This might sound like a bit of an effort, but I promise you it is worth it! You don't need to be super neat, it's nice to have some of the butter drizzled over the crust.
6Wrap with foil and bake for 15minutes until the cheese has mostly melted, then unwrap and bake for 5 minutes more to make the bread nice and crusty.
MAKE AHEAD OPTION
To make ahead, after wrapping with foil, wrap with cling wrap as well. Store in fridge overnight or freeze to store for longer. To cook, thaw then follow recipe instructions to bake.
"SPEEDY" tip when short on time - Instead of melting the butter, cream it. Then cut diagonal slices (in one direction only) and use all the butter and generously spread it in each crack, on both walls. Then cut the bread to make diamonds and as you drag the knife through the bread, it will spread the butter into the new crevices you are cutting. This doesn't provide quite the same even coverage of butter but for a speedy version, it is a small compromise.