Cheesy Puff Pull Apart Bread.
I made plans for you this weekend.
See this bread? You’re going to make it.
And you’re going to like it too.
Like everyone else who owns a computer, I feel in love with the cinnamon version. I made it. I almost died of a bread overdose.
Then I thought… “Cheese. I need to make this bread with cheese. Like enough cheese to cause a potential heart attack. I want to OD again.”
So I used a little whole wheat flour to balance it out. Oh… but nevermind. I think I used more butter too. Oops. Forgot about that.
Easily one of the best things I’ve ever eaten right here.
Cheesy Puff Pull Apart Bread
adapted from hungry girl por vida –> she has a great step-by-step tutorial
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (1 envelope)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup water
2 eggs, at room temperature
12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated (1 1/2 bricks)
1/4 cup butter, melted
In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour with sugar, salt and yeast, and stir to mix. I used the bowl of my electric mixer. In a small saucepan heat milk and butter over low heat until butter is just melted, then set aside for 1 minute and add water. Add milk mixture to the flour and stir to combine. I used the dough hook on my electric mixer, but you can stir with a spatula. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until each is combined. This will take a few minutes. Add in 8 ounces of the grated cheddar cheese and mix with your hands to incorporate the cheese. At times I just pulled apart pieces of dough and stuck cheese in it. Add the remaining all purpose flour and knead the dough. It will still be sticky but resist adding more flour.
Set dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel, then set in a warm place to rise for one hour. After one hour, punch the dough down and either refrigerate for later/tomorrow use, or use it now. Lightly flour your workspace and using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a giant rectangle. I followed the directions and rolled it to be about 12 x 12 inches. Brush the dough with melted butter then covered with the remaining grated cheese.
Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough from top to bottom into 6 even strips – they do not have to be perfect. Lay the strips on top of each other (be careful you don’t lose the cheese!) and then cut into 6 pieces again. Butter and lightly flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Layer the square slices into the loaf pan cut side down (like in the first picture). Cover the dough with a towel and let rise for another hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set the loaf pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
Obviously you are going to have a stellar weekend.
133 Comments on “Cheesy Puff Pull Apart Bread.”
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Just made this with dinner tonight…wow! I think I ate about half the loaf myeslf and am currently in a major bread coma! I used only 1/8 cup melted butter (2 TBS) and was able to generously brush the entire rolled-out piece of dough with it! I also baked for only about 22 minutes and it was golden brown on top but the cheese remained soft and gooey baked into the bread. I will definitely be making this again and will have to try the sweet version too!
Oh! And to make the dough I just threw all the ingredients in my bread machine and set it to the dough cycle! Came back 1.5 hours later and it was ready to be rolled out! :)
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Do you think you could use oil instead of the butter? I always have oil on hand, but my fridge is frequently short butter.
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I tried this one today. The cheese flavor is not so bold. I’m not sure if mixing all that cheese into the dough was a good use of flavor.
The texture is perfect. Flaky, soft, ready to be pulled. Great pictures!
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