Today’s dish is really just a math lesson.

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How many squares must you cut into this loaf of bread in order to feed two people appropriately? Answer: not enough.

How many calories does this bread even have if you just stand over the oven and eat it while it’s piping hot and oh who the heck cares if you burned your hands to smithereens. Answer: none. no calories. They only count if you’re sitting down.

How many minutes does this bread last if you make it for a few people or maybe even just, uh, yourself? Answer: no minutes.

I swear there’s an actual snack under all that cheese. Maybe.

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It all started with this cheddar tailgaiting bread from a few years ago.

AND! This is another spinoff of that ridiculous white pizza dip I shared two summers ago – yes, the dip that four of us ate in a matter of minutes. The flavor combo is just SO good.

First comes fabulous bread – I say sourdough but do what you want.

Next comes parmesan garlic thyme butter. Yes. PARMESAN GARLIC THYME BUTTER. As in b-u-t-t-e-r. Butter.

I almost drank it.

Instead, I drizzled it every bread crevice I could find. So I could later eat it.

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Then comes sun dried tomatoes. I didn’t do regular cherry tomatoes because I was afraid their water content, even when roasted, would make the bread soggy. We can’t be having that. So sun dried it was… chopped into itty bitty pieces. Oh my.

Then comes the cheese. Oh the cheese. PILES of cheese. Stuck in the cracks, blanketing the top, bubbling down the sides. However much you think you need… double it. That’s my motto from now on.

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So you know what? I tried this bread two ways. I tried it this way – the easy way out. The trashy go-to-the-store-and-buy-a-loaf-of-bread-and-slice-it-and-have-the-audacity-to-call-it-a-recipe way.

BUT. I also tried it this way. Last week I made my own dough, just like with this cheesy pull apart bread. I rolled it, cut, stuffed the cheese and butter and goodness deep inside. Baked it. It just… wasn’t that great. Actually, it was a fail. You will see it come December. I was super disappointed. Too doughy. But then I was all… what if… ?

A big fat crunchy, already-made loaf will do the trick. It just works.

So yeah. THAT. ^^^^^^

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P.S. I will fight you to the death for that burnt bubbly cheese.

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White Pizza Pull Apart Bread

Yield: serves 4 appropriately, 2 obnoxiously

Total Time: 35 mintues


1 loaf sourdough or italian bread
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon grated parmigiano reggiano
1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
4 ounces fontina cheese, freshly grated
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
2 ounces provolone cheese, freshly grated
fresh basil leaves, for topping


Preheat oven for 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice a grid pattern into the loaf of bread, leaving about an inch uncut at the bottom of the loaf. I find it easiest to slice longways and then go back and slice the rest of the grid.

Loosely tent the bread with foil and place in the oven for 10 minutes.

Melt the butter in the microwave or a small saucepan. Immediately add the garlic cloves to the butter, stirring well. Add in the parmigiano reggiano and the thyme leaves, stirring once more. Gently pry apart the bread squares and drizzle the butter into the crevices of the bread. Once you're finished with the butter, gently add the chopped sun dried tomatoes down into the crevices of the bread too. Mix all the grated cheeses together and again, gently pry apart the bread and stuff the cheese into the crevices and pile it on top.

Bake the bread for 15 to 20 minutes, uncovered, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove the bread and sprinkle some extra parmigiano reggiano on top. Add the fresh basil leaves. Serve immediately.

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92 Responses to “White Pizza Pull Apart Bread. (aka, an embarrassingly easy summer snack.)”

  1. #
    Alessandra — June 5, 2014 @ 6:57 am

    I read the words ‘math lesson’ and almost ran away… BUT this looks incredible! You’re a genius :)


  2. #
    Emily aka The Three Bite Rule — June 5, 2014 @ 7:33 am

    this looks like everything I want, on a daily basis! Yum!


  3. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — June 5, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    This can be my dinner, right?


  4. #
    Mallory @forkvsspoon — June 5, 2014 @ 7:58 am

    you had me at cheese


  5. #
    Kelly Jo — June 5, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    I just wanna nestle right inside that thing and never come out! This would be last-meal worthy for me. Bread, cheese, butter. What else do you need?


  6. #
    Kim in MD — June 5, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    Wow…I want this for breakfast! Seriously..


  7. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — June 5, 2014 @ 8:27 am

    I just fainted.


  8. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 5, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    I love the math…and I didn’t know calories didn’t count standing up. So, I will be eating all the things on my feet.
    Especially this. I had no idea how easy to was to make pull apart bread. And I hate you and love you for showing me. Pinned!


  9. #
    Amanda — June 5, 2014 @ 8:37 am

    This is amazing! Love that cheese!


  10. #
    Katie — June 5, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    This looks like so much fun to make…stuffing all those little squares full of goodness. Yep, yep, yep. ( and that cheeeese.)


  11. #
    NancyC — June 5, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    OMG just stop!


  12. #
    Kristin @ Tastefully GF Blog — June 5, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    This looks so, so delicious! It’s probably a good thing I can’t easily find a good loaf of gluten free bread or I’d make this for lunch today and eat it all myself!


  13. #
    Adrienne J — June 5, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    Funny,,,,I didn’t realize that it was sun-dried tomatoes….my mind went to chopped BBQ meat….LOL…Anyway looks yummy! i guess it’s the Southern Girl in me or do I just want BBQ?? LMBO!!


  14. #
    Alyssa — June 5, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    I just gained 10lbs reading this post… but I want it. Now. So I can gain another 10. omgomgomg


  15. #
    Violet ~ Through the Eyes of Violet — June 5, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    Oh, dear Lord, I can’t even. I can’t even. Must make this. ASAP.


  16. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — June 5, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    My mouth is watttttterrrrrring!!! Cheese and bread are definitely two of my favorite foods. I love your math.


  17. #
    Rachel M. — June 5, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    OMG. Bread + cheese = how could you go wrong? I love the “Yield”. I mean, really all recipes should give appropriate and more, um…realistic serving sizes. Love this!


  18. #
    Millie l Add A Little — June 5, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    Oh my god foodporn at its absoloute finest!!


  19. #
    Rebecca @ it's a nourishing thing — June 5, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    OMG I want to eat all of that right now!!


  20. #
    Vicki — June 5, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    Did you use sun dried tomatoes packed in oil or no oil?


  21. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — June 5, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    I love everything about this. Want. it. now.


  22. #
    Rebecca Eide — June 5, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    Uhm….I hope you had freinds to share that with…I would eat the WHOLE thing under the mantra that everything tastes better when it’s hot out the oven. How indulgent!


  23. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — June 5, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    Usually I stop reading things when math is involved, but this one was so worth it. I mean, how could I stop reading when pizza and pull apart bread are involved? Totally craving this now!


  24. #
    Rebecca Eide — June 5, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    Uhm….I hope you had friends to share that with…I would eat the WHOLE thing under the mantra that everything tastes better when it’s hot out the oven. How indulgent!


  25. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 5, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    I look forward to that Dec. post so much every year (sorry, b/c I know every one of those things were heartbreakers but I love you for sharing them!)…but anyway, isn’t it the pits when you try to do something homemade and from scratch and a shortcut ends up tasting better anyway and you’re like why didn’t I just do that in the beginning…gah. Been there. But this bread. Oh, epic. I repin those 2 recipes of yours that inspired this bread constantly so I know I would love this stuff!! pinned


  26. #
    Rebecca Eide — June 5, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    I’ve posted a comment twice and typo’d friends in the first one. SMOOTH.


  27. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — June 5, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    oommmmggggg. I can’t even say anything intelligent. Those pictures. That cheese. Put in my face now.


  28. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 5, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    I immediately pinned this. You are so right. This recipe looks like you spent hours in the kitchen. I love giving that impression. You get more devoted compliments. Ha! Clever and delicious idea. Thanx for sharing.


  29. #
    Adrienne @ Midwestern Belle — June 5, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    This looks like a great thing to make when I have people over!! Or when I don’t have people over and want to eat the whole thing…


  30. #
    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions — June 5, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    Don’t mind me, just drooling over here. So much cheese. So much bread. So much good.


  31. #
    stephanie — June 5, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    this is cheesy, garlic, thyme butter heaven. THANK YOU!!


  32. #
    Erica June — June 5, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    Your recipes and photos make me feel insane about food. Love this idea!!!!! Thanks for the daily ogle fest I now have at work!


  33. #
    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit — June 5, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    I just got done working out and my lunch (shake- blah) didn’t fill me up. This bread is totally unfair. I just want it all right now, to myself. So yum!


  34. #
    Heather @ Sarap Life — June 5, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

    This looks so good… I’m drooling. I love the flavored butter idea and alllllll the cheese! Definitely something I’ll have to make for game days :)


  35. #
    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — June 5, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

    What a genius idea! I love how you can pull it apart and indulge in each bite. Looks incredibly delicious!!


  36. #
    Larry — June 5, 2014 @ 2:21 pm



  37. #
    Alex @ Kenzie Life — June 5, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    I’m not sure if this is real life because this bread looks out of this world! I think I might even be the hero of the summer if I serve this for evening pool parties with some sangria! The only problem is the work day isn’t over and I can’t leave to make this!


  38. #
    Tashiana — June 5, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

    Wow wow wow wow – you had me at ’embarrassingly easy’. PINNNNNNNNNED


  39. #
    Matt Robinson — June 5, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    I could literally eat this at all hours of the day, every meal. Love it!


  40. #
    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — June 5, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    This IS real life and it’s beautiful!!!!


  41. #
    Ellen — June 5, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

    I just drooled on my computer, thank you.


  42. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 5, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    Holy awesome, this IS easy! Yum!


  43. #
    Farah @ The Cooking Jar — June 5, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    This is the kind of food that starts fights….over who get’s to eat more of it. Usually the person that eats the fastest!


  44. #
    Becky Kozak — June 5, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    omg yum. Seriously, get in my mouth pizza pull apart goodness bread. I think I would sit through a math class just to have a bit of that!

    xx Becky


  45. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 5, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

    Pretty sure that if you were to ever stop blogging and become a math teacher, you’d be everyone’s fave. ;)


  46. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — June 5, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    woah. i need this now. that is all.


  47. #
    Tracy | Pale Yellow — June 5, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

    I’ve wanted this from the moment I saw it. Oh my word!!!


  48. #
    Betty — June 6, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    I absolutely love love your humor and even more your genius recipes!!! will be make this very very soon


  49. #
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — June 6, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    WOAHHHHH AND YUMMMMMM! This looks ridicu-licious!


  50. #
    Amanda — June 6, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    i need to make this! looks amazing!



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