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Jan 24, 2013

Onion Cheese Pull Apart Bread / Cheesy Pull Apart Bread - We Knead to Bake # 1

I love Cooking and Baking equally, and this blog really helps me to improve my skills on both Cooking recipes from different cuisines and Baking fresh breads, cakes, cookies. This really makes me more happy on seeing my own baked goodies which come out of oven fresh and perfectly. I came to know about the New Group "We Knead to bake" started by Aparna author of My Diverse Kitchen. I mailed her and she kindly accepted my request and sent me the bread#1 recipe- herb & cheese pull apart bread. I am so glad go be a part of this group thanks to Aparna for adding me, through this group i got to know more enthusiastic bloggers and their baking skills, its really fun baking together. This month for this pull apart bread everyone is so creative and am stunned on seeing their interesting filling both sweet and savory.
I simply followed her recipe as such with extra addition of onions n carrots...and also used mozzarella cheese. The bread turned out so good n I made it little more spicy with more chili flakes, pepper as me n H love anything spicy .
With the cut out dough I baked as plain garlic cheesy pull apart bread for my kids n they loved it finish off the mozzarella cheese I added more cheesy topping, as a result of 25 minutes baking the top turned lil' burnt so it doesn't look appealing but tasted so delicious with marinara sauce n some chili flakes.

For the Dough:
  1. All Purpose Flour     2 and 3/4 cups
  2. Active Dry Yeast      2 tsp
  3. Salt      1 tsp
  4. Sugar    1 tsp
  5. Butter    1 1/2 tbsp(soft at room temperature)
  6. Garlic paste  1 tsp( i used dried garlic granules)
  7. Warm Milk       1/2 cup + 3/4 cup + as needed for brushing
  • First on a small bowl, mix together warm milk, yeast n sugar, stir n let it rest for 4-5 minutes till it becomes frothy.
  • In another bowl, add flour, salt, garlic granules, I added 1/4 tsp parsley n oregano mix well and add softened butter and combine well.
  • Then to the flour add yeast mixture and stir, using remaining 3/4 cup milk knead to a smooth dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface Knead dough for about 5 minutes, or until it is elastic.
  • Lay dough in a bowl containing 1 teaspoon olive oil, then flip the dough, cover and let rise for 40-60 minutes, or until almost doubled.
  • Mean while prepare filling n keep ready.
For filling
  1. Butter       1 and 1/2 tbsp
  2. Chilli flakes         1-2 tsp or to taste
  3. Crushed cumin seeds     1 tsp(roasted n crushed)
  4. Italian seasoning   1/2tsp
  5. Red onion          1 medim sliced
  6. Carrot                1/4 cup shredded
  7. Cheese               1/2 cup shredded
  8. Freshly chopped cilantro      few (optional)
Melt butter, slice onions and shred carrot n cheese and keep ready.
How to make Pull Apart Bread with Filling...
  • Grease and lightly flour 9"loaf tin and keep aside.
  • Once the dough risen, punch down the air, divide in to two equal parts, on a well floured surface roll it to thin large circle then cut it into large neat square 10" by 10".
  • Then brush the dough with melted butter, sprinkle chilli flakes,Italian seasoning, crushed cumin, onions, carrots and cheese.
  • Now press the filling lightly using rolling pin and cut it into 3 equal strips using sharp knife or pizza cutter.
  • Then Lay each strip on top of the next, with the topping facing upwards, until you have
  • a stack of the strips (see pic above).
  • You can put the 2 strips cut from the sides in the middle of the stack so it looks neater. Using a pastry scraper or a sharp knife, cut straight down through the stack dividing it into 3 equal pieces.
  • Do repeat the same procedure with the other portion andLayer the
  • square slices, cut sides down into the loaf tin.
  • With the cut out dough i baked as round pull apart bread with same butter n spices mixture and little carrot n cheese.
  • Cover the loaf tin dough with a towel and allow the dough to rise for an hour. Lightly brush some
  • milk over the top of the loaf, sprinkle some more chili flakes n crushed cumin seeds n if want some cheese also.
  • Bake the dough at 180 C (350 F) for about 30 to 40 minutes until it is done and the top is golden
  • brown. mine took around 25-28 minutes and the small one was ready in 12 minutes.

As i have 8" loaf pan, i baked one" loaf bread and one 4" round bread.
This is a very soft and delicious bread, u can use any desired choice for filling both sweet & savory.
I sauteed the onions with 1/4 tsp oil and used in filling.

Linking this to Aparna's We Knead To Bake".


  1. Fantastic and flavourful pull apart bread, wish to enjoy rite now.

  2. OMG it is awesome. Nice pictures

  3. I can just look at the picture and try to pick on those beautifully done onions showing through the bread...and i am sure the tomato chutney only added to the yum factor!

  4. What a beautiful bread!! So aromatic and am sure tasted simply yum! :)

  5. OMG its simpl awesome n ur pefect n bets in baking breads.... Nice pictures

  6. I love the browned bits on top. Those are my absolute favorite! Beautifully done!

  7. here i get a soul sister... no good savory bread is done without onions :D ... love the look of it...

  8. Awww...yummy! Looks heavenly....

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  9. Awesome with yummy filling. Must try on week end.

  10. Wow, simply awesome, very inviting, well baked Sangee..

  11. Wow lovely clicks, loved the first one!!! And super delicious bread :) Well explained too :)

  12. Beautfiful looking bread sangee...Loved the onion filling...should have been great..

  13. Awesome looking bread with cheese and onion. Excellent preparation.

  14. Drooling here... It looks awesome.

  15. wow awesome.. really too good and tempting!!! fantastic clicks sangeetha:)

  16. Lovely clicks as usual... The bread looks so soft, cheesy n yum

  17. i have tried the sweet version must try the savoury one .Looks yum

  18. what should I say.. yummy art work.. love ur blog :)
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  19. Hi sangeetha, your bread looks awesome, beautiful clicks, I too made one with carrot and onion with a bit slightly different spices, Your bread looks awesome...

  20. this looks fantastic sangee.. i am sure it atsted divine.. will try this out soon!

  21. looks so flavorful and soft :)

  22. Simply superb...very tempting..

  23. very tempting so yummy .. I want to hv it for my breakfast!

  24. wow super pull apart, neat presentation n perfectly baked!!!

  25. I should say you have done a great job Sangee, perfectly baked

  26. Wow Sangeeta such a wonderful looking bread. Love ur blog, happy to have discovered it :)

  27. Very well made, want to eat one piece right now:)

  28. yummy looking bread....I really admire ur baking skills dear...

  29.,this looks a fabulous bake,Sangee..Very tempting color,love pull apart breads..Yummy clicks as always!!

  30. Love the filling and the small bread looks so cute!

  31. The bread looks super awesome! I am in love with the filling!! Beautiful clicks!

  32. Looks so delicious I will try soon. Super clicks.

  33. this is simply yum..... loved the colors too.

  34. That a fantastic and flavourful pull apart bread. I loved that last picture that shows its texture. It seems so soft and filled with freshness.

  35. omg its awesome sangee.. simply superb..

  36. Ur bread looks amazing....The clicks are so wonderful.....

  37. Healthy filling Sangee! and the pics are amazing

  38. Love this Bread, Sangee with yummy filling.. Pictures are as usual beautiful..

  39. Sangee...let me start by saying the bread looks awesome and clicks too needless to say. I also want to point out that you've missed onions in the ingredients list for the filling but I see you've added carrots and onions in the filling. Just so you know!

  40. the bread looks super good. Very very good. Now I am getting up from my comp and going to bake this bread immediately.

  41. Love the little one! What a great idea!

  42. Such pretty clicks and awesome looking bread...loved the carrots and onions

  43. Good looking bread! I like the colours in your pull-apart. :)


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