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.
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 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.
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!!
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Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread
For the yeast mixture
- 2 tablespoon lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoon sugar
For the dough
- 2 cup all-purpose flour maida
- 1 tablespoon cooking butter unsalted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoon water
For the garlic mixture
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- 10 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon cheese grated
Just before baking
- 1 tablespoon cheese grated
- 1 egg for brushing
- 1 tablespoon cheese grated
- 1 teaspoon herbs finely chopped (optional)
- In a bowl with the yeast and sugar, add 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water.
- Stir well, and keep it aside to foam.
- If the water temperature is high, the yeast will die. If it is too cold, the yeast won't foam.
- Sieve the flour followed by the salt into a large mixing bowl.
- Add a tablespoon butter (shredded to pieces).
- The yeast should be ready in about 10 minutes.
- Add the yeast mixture to the bowl, and start kneading.
- Add about 10 tablespoons of water, little at a time, and knead till you a soft dough.
- Make the dough into a ball, cover the bowl with a damp cotton cloth and leave it to prove (rise).
- Grease and flour a baking tray/dish.
- 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.
- Finely chop the garlic, grate in some cheese, and the melted butter. Mix well.
- Wait for the dough to double in volume. It took me about 30 minutes.
- Knock back, knead again, and divide it into 10 pieces. I rolled the dough ball on a cutting board and divided using a knife.
- Shape all pieces into balls.
- Slightly flatten them with your palm, dip in the garlic mixture to get a uniform coating and place in the baking dish.
- Repeat for all the remaining dough balls.
- Cover with the damp cloth and keep it to prove.
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Celsius.
- The loaves would have risen again by now (15-20 minutes).
- Grate some more cheese on top. Brush on a beaten egg.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- 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.
- If not, bake for a few more minutes.
- Take out the baking dish. Let it sit on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
- Grate some more cheese on the top. You can sprinkle some finely chopped herbs as well.
- Serve hot. Pull a piece and enjoy!
Looks so yummy.. really want to try this.. Can we use microwave convection mode? If yes what’s the setting? Also what’s the replacement for egg?
Thank you, Gauri 🙂
Absolutely. I haven’t baked this bread using a microwave, but convection mode should work fine.
The steps are the same as how you would do it in a regular oven.
You can use milk, melted butter, or olive oil (any odorless vegetable oil) to replace egg-wash.
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 🙂
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.
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.
😀 😀 Thank you very much Sundari! I realised once I start pulling one, there is no stopping to it!! 🙂 🙂
My mom used to make something similar all the time! Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you very much Morgan! Do you bake your mom’s recipe often?
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!
Thank you very much Leslie!
I guess my only anxiety about yeast-risen breads is, will it rise? 🙂