Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

Loaded with flavours of cheese and garlic in a homemade pillowy, pull-apart bread, this Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread is an easy, homebaked garlic bread indulgence!

This Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread is crispy and golden on the surface and has a soft and light texture inside. Tap on the surface with your fingers and you will hear the hollow sound. And the smell, yeah the smell! of garlic and molten cheese!! You have to pull apart a piece and taste it. Before you realise it that piece has vanished, now there is no stopping you because this Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread is as good as it gets. And you have to believe that this is not from a fancy bakery. It is from your humble home kitchen and you have baked it. If you haven’t baked it already, you have to.

Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

The baking process is simple. Activate yeast, make the dough, let it rise, add garlic and cheese, let it rise again, and bake it!

Now pull it, eat it, pull and eat, pull and eat until you have nothing left!! End of the story!

Attention: A good yeast is a prerequisite for a great Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

Use a good quality yeast. Most of the magic is done by the yeast. If the yeast is not good, it is going to get foamy enough to rise the flour when you proof it. Your garlic bread will end up soggy and stale smelling of yeast. But if get it right, the end result will be a soft, buttery, fragrant, spongy garlic bread.

Tear apart a piece from this Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
Tear apart a piece from this Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

About this Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

I made the yeast and added it to the sifted flour along with some butter and salt. Then I kneaded it into a dough and kept it aside to prove. The dough doubled in size. I knocked it back, kneaded again, and cut it into 10 equal sized balls.

I made a mixture of melted butter, cheese and finely chopped garlic. The dough balls were dipped in the butter mixture and placed in baking dish. I waited for it to rise and double in size and baked in preheated oven for 20 mins on 225 degrees Celsius.

That’s all it takes to bake the best Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread at home!!

If you liked this recipe, don’t forget to check out the following recipes for easy, homebaked deliciousness!

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Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread Yum
Loaded with flavours of cheese and garlic in a homemade pillowy, pull-apart bread, this Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread is an easy, homebaked garlic bread indulgence!
Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
For the yeast mixture
For the dough
For the garlic mixture
Just before baking
  • 1 tablespoon cheese grated
  • 1 egg for brushing
After baking
  • 1 tablespoon cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon herbs finely chopped (optional)
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
For the yeast mixture
For the dough
For the garlic mixture
Just before baking
  • 1 tablespoon cheese grated
  • 1 egg for brushing
After baking
  • 1 tablespoon cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon herbs finely chopped (optional)
Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
Instructions
  1. In a bowl with the yeast and sugar, add 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water.
  2. Stir well, and keep it aside to foam.
    Yeast Mixture for the Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  3. If the water temperature is high, the yeast will die. If it is too cold, the yeast won't foam.
  4. Sieve the flour followed by the salt into a large mixing bowl.
    Flour sieved for the Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  5. Add a tablespoon butter (shredded to pieces).
    Shredded Butter for the Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  6. The yeast should be ready in about 10 minutes.
    Yeast Mixture for the Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  7. Add the yeast mixture to the bowl, and start kneading.
  8. Add about 10 tablespoons of water, little at a time, and knead till you a soft dough.
    Dough for the Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  9. Make the dough into a ball, cover the bowl with a damp cotton cloth and leave it to prove (rise).
  10. Grease and flour a baking tray/dish.
  11. I used an oval, 29 cm x 20 cm (1.75 litres) porcelain baking dish. You can use any baking pans or trays that can hold about 8 cups.
  12. Finely chop the garlic, grate in some cheese, and the melted butter. Mix well.
    Garlic, Cheese, and Melted Butter for the Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  13. Wait for the dough to double in volume. It took me about 30 minutes.
    Dough doubled in volume for the Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  14. Knock back, knead again, and divide it into 10 pieces. I rolled the dough ball on a cutting board and divided using a knife.
    Divide the dough for the Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  15. Shape all pieces into balls.
    Shape the dough into balls for the Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  16. Slightly flatten them with your palm, dip in the garlic mixture to get a uniform coating and place in the baking dish.
  17. Repeat for all the remaining dough balls.
    Arrange the coated balls in the baking dish for the Pull Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  18. Cover with the damp cloth and keep it to prove.
  19. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Celsius.
  20. The loaves would have risen again by now (15-20 minutes).
    Dough proved before baking for the Pull Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
  21. Grate some more cheese on top. Brush on a beaten egg.
  22. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  23. Take out the baking dish and tap the garlic bread surface with your fingers. A hollow sound will mean the bread is cooked through and done.
  24. If not, bake for a few more minutes.
  25. Take out the baking dish. Let it sit on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  26. Grate some more cheese on the top. You can sprinkle some finely chopped herbs as well.
    Pull Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread is ready to serve
  27. Serve hot. Pull a piece and enjoy!

8 Comments

  1. Hi Arun, I have been wanting to make a pull apart bread for a really long time. I am very new to baking and keeping looking for recipes that are easily comprehensible. I stumbled upon your recipe and I decided to try it and guess what it turned out So Good!!! I did make a little change and added less of cheese and mixed all purpose flour and whole wheat but nevertheless your step by step approach of recipe really guided me and am so so glad 🙂 Thanks for the recipe and keep posting 🙂

    • The Take It Easy Chef

      Thank you very much Muthu!!
      And thank YOU for trying out my recipe. I am delighted to read that you like my approach of recipe writing! 🙂
      The modifications you made are super cool!! 🙂 Less cheese and the addition of whole wheat flour definitely gives it a healthy twist! We bake this garlic bread often, and next time I am going to add whole wheat.

  2. Pull and eat, pull and eat… reading your recipe is making my mouth water. The color of the baked bread is simple awesome and tempting.

    • The Take It Easy Chef

      😀 😀 Thank you very much Sundari! I realised once I start pulling one, there is no stopping to it!! 🙂 🙂

  3. My mom used to make something similar all the time! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Mmmm. I love baking, love fresh bread, and love cheese…so this sounds like the perfect combination! Now, I just need to get over my anxiety about yeast-risen breads. Thanks for the recipe!

    • The Take It Easy Chef

      Thank you very much Leslie!
      I guess my only anxiety about yeast-risen breads is, will it rise? 🙂

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