Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread
Garlic bread is good. But, cheesy garlic bread is even better. And a Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread is heaven.
It's rich, buttery, cheesy, soft with a burst of garlic and herb flavor. Simply delicious!
The dough of this bread loaf is pretty similar to that of a babka. In case you're not familiar with babka, hop over here for a minute to read what it is. And while you're at it, I definitely recommend you trying that recipe -- it's SO good!
Apart from the difference between quantities, the only other differences between these two recipes are the filling and how it's shaped.
For the filling, we're making our very own cheesy, garlic and herb butter. The amount of cheese you put is up to you. Increase or decrease as you wish.
Shaping the bread is a bit tricky but very fun. Just follow through the steps listed in the recipe below, and it'll be a breeze. And with that, I'll let you get to it!
Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread
Prep Time: 30 minutes (dough rising time excluded)
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes (dough rising time excluded)
Serves: One 9'' x 5'' Bread Loaf
For the bread dough:
1 tbsp instant yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water (microwave to 40 seconds)
1/4 cup + 1/2 tsp sugar (divided)
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup melted, unsalted butter
For the cheesy garlic and herb butter:
1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened rtp)
3 tsp garlic minced
1.5 tbsp chopped basil
2 cubes of garlic and herb Boursin Cheese
optional: 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
First make the dough: In a small bowl, gently mix the yeast, ½ tsp sugar and lukewarm water. Set aside for 5 minutes until foamy.
In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a slight boil. Then, let cool for 1 minute.
In a separate large bowl, stir together the flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Then, add the yeast mixture, milk mixture and melted butter while mixing using a stand/hand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Next, add eggs, one at a time. A dough will begin to come together a slowly. Continue to knead the dough with the mixer until a shiny, smooth ball of dough forms. If you feel the dough is too heavy for the mixer, simply transfer to a floured surface and knead by hand.
Grease the same large bowl with 1 tbsp oil, place the formed dough inside, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm environment to rise for about 1 to 2 hours. To create a warm environment, you can preheat the oven to 200 °F; turn oven off once preheated; then, place covered bowl inside oven with the door slightly open.
Next, grease and flour a 9'' x 5'' loaf pan.
Roll out the dough into a 24'' x 18''rectangle.
Prepare the cheesy garlic and herb butter: In a small bowl, mix the butter, garlic, basil and boursin cheese cubes (and cheddar cheese if adding) until a paste forms.
Spread the prepared butter evenly on the rolled out, rectangle shaped dough. Next, using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 3 inch squares.
Scrape each square and place on top of each other (work with 3 to 4 squares at a time. Then, transfer the stack to the loaf pan so they are standing up. Repeat with the remaining squares until your loaf pan is full. Cover the loaf pan with a plastic wrap and let rise for another 30 minutes.
While the dough rises, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake the loaf for 35 minutes, until golden on top.
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