June 23, 2011

No better way to start my holidays: pull apart cheesy bread

I had no doubt about it. The first thing I wanted to bake once on holiday was bread. You all know very well by now how much I find kneading and making bread relaxing and soothing. I haven’t had time to bake bread in a long time and I had a loooong list of “wish-to-bake-soon” bread recipes on my list.

I finally decided to tackle this pull apart bread from Roxana @ A Little Bit of Everything. I had it bookmarked since the day she posted this recipe. Simple and delicious. And above all so versatile! With a solid basic recipe you can have an infinite variations depending on the filling you choose. You will never get bored of this bread! I chose to fill it only with cheese because that’s what I had at home and I did not want to lose the momentum by going out to the store to buy extra ingredients. I used a mix of cheddar and gruyere but, as Roxana said, let your imagination drive you!

Pull Apart Cheesy Bread

500 g (18 oz or 4 cups) all-purpose flour 
a pinch of salt
7 g (1 1/ tsp) active dry yeast
350 ml (12 fl oz or 1 1/2 cup) lukewarm milk
170 g (6 oz) cheddar and gruyere cheese

1 egg for brushing


In your mixer bowl, cream the yeast with a little milk. When the yeast has dissolved pour the rest of the milk.

Slowly add the flour, mixing until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl.

Place the dough into a greased bowl and let it rest at room temperature, away from any breeze until it doubles in volume. When risen divide it into 10-12 balls and flatten them.

Shred the cheese you will use as filling and place about 2 tbsp of it on the flatten dough.

Seal the pocket with a fork or with your fingers and place it in a greased loaf pan. Do the same with the rest.

Leave again to rest at room temperature. When risen brush with egg wash and bake in preheated oven, at 375F degrees for about 35-40 minutes. 

Leave to cool a little and get it out of the pan. 

Have a sweet day!


  1. oh Sara that bread looks heavenly!! I do love fresh bread and how I do love cheese, you put the two together and its heaven! I remember Roxana making this bread, you certainly did her proud!
    Enjoy your time off my friend!

  2. I love this cheesy pull apart loaf! So soft and great!

  3. This bread looks incredible. I can't think of anything I'd rather fill it with than delicious cheese.

  4. Oh, Sara!!! What a Wonderful way to start summer! I love that cheese layer in the middle, so much so that I just may eat through the bread to get to it on way too many slices. An excellent bread!

  5. Wow-I have been missing out with only a little squiggle of cheese in my bread. Yours has so much more and I am all in favor of that-Yum.

  6. easy delicious looking bread looks wonderful with cheese

  7. This bread is lovely, especially with that wonderful melted cheese inside. What a great way to start your holiday! :)

  8. Sara - you got me at the cheese in the center. This bread looks incredibly delicious! Hope you are doing well! :)

  9. Oh wow, look at all that wonderful melty cheese in the middle. Glad you have time to do these sorts of things now that summer is here.

  10. Oh, this bread is fabulous! Leave it to Roxana...and your version is just as wonderful...that last photo is incredible!!! Just lovely.

  11. I think this is an excellent recipe of pull-apart cheesy bread. You are so good in baking! Teach me some secrets, please.

  12. Looks gorgeous. I also have a long wish-to-bake list of breads ... hopefully some time soon. Hope you enjoy this wonderful cheesy bread.

  13. Sara, i could not believe my eyes when I saw your post in my reader.
    Thank you so much for your sweet words and for trying my recipe. It made my day, heck, it made my weekend :)
    Yours turned out so great, LOVE the last photo.
    Thanks so much, hope you'll have a wonderful weekend :)

  14. Oh my look at that oozy, gooey, divine cheesy bread. Simply gorgeous.

  15. Sara, I think I'd have a problem staying away from this loaf. I can imagine how this must have smelled coming out of the oven.

    Glad you've finally been able to make some bread--this was a nice way to get back into the swing of things.

    Enjoy your time off!

  16. Beautiful loaf. Oh that cheesy center....yum!

  17. this is perfect for breakfast my kids will surely love this. soooo cheesy =)

  18. Hey! I just saw a comment you made on Sarah's site that you're leaving for home on Thursday? This Thursday? Home being Italy? Without telling me?!?

    I'm eaten up with jealousy and envy. Color me multiple shades of green! You do realize that Thursday is tomorrow, right? Wah. I'll miss you.

    Oh yeah....the bread looks delicious. ::sniff::

  19. That layer of cheese in the middle looks heavenly! I love this bread recipe :) Happy holiday!

  20. That pull apart bread looks really good! And that oozy cheese in the middle.... Great job!

  21. I can't think of anything I'd rather fill it with than delicious cheese.

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  22. wow what an amazing bread and hope your having a ball in Italy


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