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Garlic Pull Apart Bread

January 16, 2020 (Last Updated: April 16, 2020)

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Cheesy garlic pull apart bread is stuffed with mozzarella cheese and dipped into an herb garlic butter. Each bite is filled with pure deliciousness. This made from scratch monkey bread is perfect for a party served as an appetizer or as a side dish to a main meal. 

A bundt pan filled with pull apart bread.

Oh my goodness! This bread is everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Well, it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of if you dream of all things garlic and cheese! Just imagine – soft pillowy bread filled with mozzarella cheese in each pull apart piece.

To make it even better, each round is dipped in garlic butter and then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese! I told you, everything you’ve ever dreamed about! And if you didn’t dream about it before, you will now!

Garlic monkey bread being pulled apart.

What is a pull apart bread?

Pull apart bread is also call monkey bread. It is created by taking bread dough and rolling it into small rounds and then layering the rounds in a bundt pan

What kind of cheese do I use?

I used two kinds of cheese in this bread – mozzarella and Parmesan. 

How do I make garlic pull apart bread?

  1. Start by making homemade bread dough
  2. Divide the dough into 32 pieces. Form each piece into a rough ball. 
  3. Flatten each ball
  4. Add a small piece of cheese
  5. Fold up dough around cheese, sealing all seams of dough
  6. Roll each sealed piece of dough into melted garlic butter
    A piece of mozzarella cheese in the center of a piece of bread dough.3
    Bread dough pinched closed around a piece of cheese.5
    Folding dough around a piece of cheese.4
    A round of bread dough in a pan filled with melted garlic butter.6
  7. Layer each piece of dough into a greased bundt pan
  8. Sprinkle each layer with Parmesan cheese
  9. Allow bread to rise
  10. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven
  11. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, invert bundt pan to remove bread
Layers of bread dough in a bundt pan.7
Bread dough in a pan topped with cheese.9
A bundt pan filled with round bread dough.8
A bundt pan filled with pull apart bread.10

How do I serve this bread?

I like to serve as an appetizer with warmed marinara sauce or as a side dish along with a  Caesar salad. and a pasta dish. This baked chicken pasta is one of my favorites. 

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread served on a plate with a bowl of marinara sauce on the side.

Can I make ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this ahead of time. But I think  it’s best still warm out of the oven. This bread is still delicious the next day served at room temperature. 

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A bundt pan filled with pull apart bread.

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

Kathy
Delicious cheesy monkey bread with garlic, butter and herbs.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Rise 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 380 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups flour

Filling and Assembly

  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese (cut into 1/2" cubes)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions
 

Dough

  • Measure water into mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast over water. Add honey and stir. Let rest for 10 minutes until mixture becomes bubbly.
  • Add Olive Oil, Salt, and one Cup of Flour. Mix until incorporated
  • Continue adding flour 1 Cup at a time. You might not add all the flour. With the last cup begin adding 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Knead for 10 minutes
  • Move dough to a large bowl that has been lightly covered with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise until doubled
  • Punch down down gently.

Filling and Assembly

  • Melt butter in a small sauce pan. Add minced garlic and Italian seasonings. Let simmer 1-2 minutes on a very low heat. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Divide the dough into 32 pieces. Form each piece into a rough ball.
  • Flatten each ball
  • Add a small piece of cheese
  • Fold up dough around cheese, sealing all seams of dough
  • Roll each sealed piece of dough into melted garlic butter
  • Layer each piece of dough into a greased bundt pan
  • Sprinkle each layer with Parmesan cheese
  • Allow bread to rise
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes, invert bundt pan to remove bread

Notes

  • I used active dry yeast in this recipe
  • Water should be between 105-110 degrees

Nutrition

Serving: 4piecesCalories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 11gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 389mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 475IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread, Cheesy Monkey Bread, Garlic Monkey Bread, Monkey Bread
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 23, 2020 at 5:25 am

    5 stars
    I just love the presentation of this one, Kathy! We’re still not over the tremendous amount of snow we had over a week ago so all sorts of comfort food is in order. I bet these are so good with a big bowl of hot soup!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 21, 2020 at 4:14 am

    5 stars
    This sounds fan-freakin-tastic, Kathy! Pull-apart bread is right up my alley because (1) bread (2) garlic (3) cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks like the perfect appetizer for the Super Bowl…I don’t care much about the actual game this year, but I do care about the snack table!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 21, 2020 at 4:20 am

      The snack table is where it’s at! And this bread will be making its appearance!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    January 20, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, Kathy, this recipe is fulled with comfort and flavor. The step-by-step photos are a fantastic guide. Can’t imagine anyone not falling in love at first bite. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 21, 2020 at 4:21 am

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 18, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    5 stars
    Forwarding this recipe to my son Sean. He’s going to LOVE it!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 20, 2020 at 6:46 am

      That’s great! Let me know if he makes it!!!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    January 17, 2020 at 8:15 am

    5 stars
    This bread just made me dance! Is there anything better than cheesy garlic pull apart bread? I think no!t!! YUM!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 18, 2020 at 6:15 am

      Nothing’s better than dancing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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