Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread- #TwelveLoaves September

by cakeduchess on September 3, 2012 · 50 comments

It seems this #TwelveLoaves bread baking group has gotten my oven working overtime and my flour running out quicker than it normally does. A theme is chosen for the next Twelve Loaves challenge and my head starts spinning with ideas. Homemade bread is constantly on my mind. Not that that’s a bad thing.

                                             TWELVE LOAVES

With the chosen theme of “cheese”, I had too many ideas! It was time to narrow down my recipe for all you lovely bakers to something delectable, and if possible, a little fun. This past April I caught an episode of one of my favorite Italian cooking shows, La Prova del Cuoco. The guest cook on the show put together a cheesy pull-apart bread. I couldn’t stop thinking about the bread and tried out the recipe immediately. 

I’ve already posted and really loved a sweet pull-apart bread. I couldn’t wait to surprise my family with this cheese version for dinner one night this summer. A savory pull-apart bread for dinner was a huge hit and has been requested repeatedly all summer long.

August was an amazing baking month based on Summer Fruits. We had over 30 incredible links. Thank you to all of you for baking with us!

Our  #TwelveLoaves theme for the month of September is:

Bake a bread, yeast or quick bread, loaf or individual, filled, stuffed, studded or topped with your favorite cheese. It’s your bread…we want you to have fun with the idea!

Inspiration for your baking idea:
Waffles or pancakes
Bread sticks

Barb made incredible Cheese and Herb Waffles BLT. 
Jamie baked this fabulous Cheese and Bacon Focaccia. :)

Here’s all you have to do:
1. Please make sure that your Bread is inspired by this month’s theme; this is obligatory if you would like your link to be included! 
2. Have your #TwelveLoaves bread that you baked this September, 2012 posted on your blog by September 30, 2012.

3. When you post your #TwelveLoaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the #TwelveLoaves challenge in your post and include links to this month’s leaders: Cake Duchess, Creative Culinary and Lifesafeast.
4. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the #TwelveLoaves theme.

I pin every bread to our very delicious #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board. Look how incredible it is!!

Do you tweet? We sure do!

Follow @TwelveLoaves on Twitter

Chat with the bakers! Lora @cakeduchess , Barb @creativculinary ,  Jamie @lifesafeast
It’s been a pleasure #BreakingBread with you since I launched this bread baking group idea in May. Check out what we have been busy baking!

May theme: Focaccia
June theme: Corn Rolls
July theme: Challah
August theme: Summer Fruit

I’ve submitted this yummy bread to Susan at Wild Yeast Blog. 


Making this bread is really not as difficult as it may seem at first glance. I’ve seen other pull-apart breads and this method, in my humble baking opinion, is the easiest I’ve found. The cinnamon pull-apart bread I made was a little more complicated but was amazing! In Italian this bread is called Pane al Fisarmonica: Accordian Bread. The reason this pull-apart bread is much easier as you are creating filled strips that are then sliced into mini cheesy goodness pockets that get filled like a filing cabinet into a lined loaf pan.   
Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread
adapted by: Tempo di Cottura

250 ml (1 cup) warm water (about 110 degrees)
2 1/2 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
500 grams (4 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
1 egg
3 teaspoons salt
150 grams (1 cup) Gouda, cut in chunks (or your favorite cheese)
150 grams (1 cup) sliced salami (omit if you’d like it meat-free)


In a small bowl, add the water and sprinkle the yeast on top of the water. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil and whisk together. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, add the flour and 3 teaspoons of salt; whisk together or mix together on low speed in your mixer. Whisk the egg into the yeast mixture.

Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add about half of the flour mixture. Stir with a rubber spatula until it is combined. Attach the dough hook to your mixer and add the remaining flour. Mix on low speed for about three minutes or until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl.
Form the dough into a ball and place into an oiled bowl (when I put the dough in the bowl I swish the dough around the bottom of the bowl and then flip it over so all of the dough is covered in a light film of oil). Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature until doubled in size (about 1-1 1/2 hours).

Turn dough out onto a well-floured counter and roll the dough into a 20-by-12-inch rectangle, making sure it doesn’t stick to the counter. Divide it into two strips. Brush one side of the first strip with olive oil.

Brush the top portion of the first strip with olive oil.

Add your filling spaced out along the strip leaving space at the ends. Fold over the bottom half onto the top oiled half and press down gently.
Add your filling with about 2 inches space between each portion along the strip. Fold over the bottom half onto the top oiled half and press down gently.

Fold over the bottom half onto the top oiled half and press down gently.

Brush the folded dough with a little olive oil. With a pizza cutter or knife slice your individual filled pockets squares.Take care to not slice the filling. You can sort of feel the cheese and slice a bit away from it.

Stack your pockets in a parchment lined loaf pan. (I ended up with some extra cheese pockets and baked them individually while baking the loaf on a cookie sheet. They were like mini calzones. You may end up with not enough sections. You could sort of shake the pan you could wiggle the pan a little so that the dough parts fill the pan. Don’t worry too much about that as they will fill up more as it rises again and then bakes). Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and set it aside to rise again for 30 to 45 more minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Brush on an egg wash and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and let it cool for a few minutes before pulling out the bread with the parchment paper. Best enjoyed as we did-hot out of the oven! Who had the patience to wait for this delicious bread?;)

Buon Appetito! Happy Baking!!

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Bunkycooks September 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Oh, my. I can literally smell this bread baking! Hot, homemade yeast bread with cheese (and meat). I am thinking about all of the possibilities and options for making this bread. If I find the time this month, I will join in. If not, I will come and visit you. ;-)


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough September 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

This cheesy pull apart bread looks DIVINE. Definitely going to have to participate this month because, let’s be honest, who can resist a bread with cheese in it? No one. :)


Emily September 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Yes, this look delicious. Great to bring on a picnic or potluck. I can imagine the smell in my apartment and wish it were real.


Baker Street September 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm

A cheesy pull apart bread! YUM! That totally sounds like my kinda loaf! Too many ideas running in my head! I better get baking. :)


Lisa September 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I have been dying to make a pull-apart bread. Yours looks fantastic..I can only imagine how gooey it is when you pull off a slice!


Paula-bellalimento September 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Quanto mi piace!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

What a magnificent loaf, I love the cheesy filling!


Jamie September 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Oooh I love this! We had the same idea but oh I am so loving yours even more. What gorgeous texture. I have to try this recipe. Great theme and I will be baking another bread and cheesy thing!


Brian @ A Thought For Food September 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I just sliced into some cheese bread that I got from a local bakery… but it doesn’t look nearly as good as this.


Winnie September 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

What a gorgeous pull-apart bread!!
I can almost smell it via the screen


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking September 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I have so many bread recipes using cheese but the most viewed one is a pull-apart bread
I’ll definitely bake something for this month challenge. I love cheese and bread!


Julia September 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm

This looks great! I love this idea. I have a house full of guests coming over in the near future and this would make a lovely appetizer for them.


Kate | Food Babbles September 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Once again, I lovely loaf! I adore this month’s theme since I am a HUGE lover of cheese! Now I need to get my wheels turning. I love what everyone has created already. And I’ve never done a pull apart loaf before or foccacia so I may have to try my hand at a version of your or Jamie’s loaves. Decisions! Decisions!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I love homemade bread, this pull apart version sounds so good!


Pretend Chef September 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I bet this smells so good baking. This is a recipe my family would love. Looks so delicious!


Jennie @themessybakerblog September 3, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Oh, yum! This bread is just oozing delicious cheese- I love it!


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

What a brilliant bread!


Ilke September 4, 2012 at 2:05 am

That looks really fun, both making and eating it! Sounds like a great group :)

Reply September 4, 2012 at 2:19 am

Fun idea for bread, it looks so pretty in the pan and so golden in color and I bet it taste great too.


Pacheco Patty September 4, 2012 at 2:29 am

Love this cheesy pull apart bread technique and have been wanting to try making a bread similar to your lovely creation myself-thanks for sharing and congrats on the #TwelveLoaves!


Swathi Iyer September 4, 2012 at 4:01 am

Beautiful pull apart bread Lora. I need to make one. Thanks for sharing.


The KitchenMaid September 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

Whoops, this means I totally missed the deadline for the August #TwelveLoaves. How did that happen!?
LOVE the look of this – and I went to an amazing breadmaking class in the weekend so am feeling super-inspired at the moment. Plus, we have a fridge full of cheese. It’s fate!


Jenny @ BAKE September 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

what a brilliant theme! and this loaf looks incredible!


Helene Dsouza September 4, 2012 at 9:42 am

Omg it looks so wonderful, I d love to pull it and pop it all into my mouth. XD Love the idea and I got to try this for myself! thanks for sharing your recipe. ;)


Carolyn September 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

Wow, Lora…I am literally speechless, that looks amazing!


simple baking September 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

wow this looks awesome!
Now I cant wait to bake mine :D


Lizzy Do September 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

YUM! I can’t wait to make a cheesy bread!


Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } September 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

OMG – who doesn’t love a good cheesy bread! The idea of pull apart bread is just perfect. Nicely done!!


Katie September 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

This looks to die for and oh-so-yummy!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

This is a great idea for pull apart. It came out wonderful Lora, very spongy! Can´t wait to bake this month.


Paula September 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

This is gorgeous! The gouda and salami is a wonderful surprise.


shelley c. September 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

Oh my goodness, I LOVE a good pullapart bread and this one looks AMAZING. I can just imagine the ooey gooey deliciousness :)


Holly @ September 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Your cheesy bread looks wonderful and I appreciate the step by step photos that will guide me along when I make this at home. Thanks for hosting, I enjoyed baking along this month!


Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra September 12, 2012 at 2:42 am

The bread looks wonderful.


kitchen flavours September 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Wow, your bread looks amazing! Looks really soft and delicious!
I’ve linked up a lovely cornbread! Thanks for hosting! Have a nice day!


Renee Goerger September 13, 2012 at 11:52 pm

This is STUNNING! I wish I could have smelled this baking. Oh wait…I can…once I bake it myself! Thanks for the recipe and the instructions!


Anonymous September 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm

It looks like salt is entered twice and the egg is missing from the ingredients list. Easy enough to figure out. Looks wonderful.


Cake Duchess September 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

Thank you:)I adjusted that. Enjoy the recipe and hope you link up your creation;)


Junglefrog September 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

I’ve always wondered how those pull apart breads are being made and so thank you for those step by step photos! Being a cheese addict I was really happy with the theme for this month!


Cardamom Hills September 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

I tried theseeeee… was really easy to make and so tasty…thanks for posting.


Cake Duchess September 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

fantastic!:)Link it up if you posted the recipe. Thanks for trying the bread:)


lena September 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

it’s a gorgeous loaf and i really feel like pulling a slice out of the loaf! happy belated birthday to you, too !


kitchen flavours September 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

I’ve just linked one more! Thanks for hosting!


Cake Duchess September 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I love both the breads. This apple pizza has me hungry:)Thank you:)


Mich - Piece of Cake September 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

Hi! This is my first time taking part in your blog hop. I love your cheesy pull apart bread, it is making my mouth water and I wish I could grab a slice off the screen!


Lora CakeDuchess September 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Thank you and really love your bread, Mich:)


lena September 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm

hi lora, managed to make one for the theme this month:)


Lora CakeDuchess September 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Those Brazilian Quick Rolls are fantastic, Lena:)thank you!!


Cake Duchess September 29, 2012 at 1:31 am

Thanks to all that baked together this month so far. Wow! Love all the links:)


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