Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread

November 14, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Event: Bread Bakers

Theme: Pull Apart Bread

Recipe: Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread

This Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread is stuffed with cheese and coated with garlic herb butter. It makes a wonderful bread to share with your family and guests for lunch or dinner.

The Group

BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake a bread with a common ingredient or theme. Members get a turn to host and suggest the theme.


Theme: Pull Apart Bread

Pull Apart Breads is the November theme for Bread Bakers suggested by Kelly Lawson who blogs at Passion Kneaded. She has an awesome collection of Muffins and Breads so please Google her blog and check it out.

Pull Apart Bread has been on my ‘to do’ list for a long time. I’ve done mini ones in a muffin pan – Mini Garlic And Chilli Pull Apart Bread.


What Are Pull Apart Breads?

Pull Apart Breads or Monkey Breads is a great way to serve bread at parties, or if stuffed then as a starter too. Pull Apart Breads can be sweet or savory and I chose to bake a savory one. Who can beat the taste of butter and garlic with a bit of herbs added. However, I decided to first stuff the bread with tiny cubes of cheddar cheese, then coated the balls with the garlic butter.

Some Pull Apart Bread Recipes On My Blog:

Cute little mini pull apart bread with a hint of chilli flavor with the taste and aroma of garlic. Perfect accompaniment for a soup or stew
Check out this recipe

Turmeric and Garlic Pull Apart Bread


Check out what other Bread Bakers have made for the Pull Apart Bread Theme:

Ingredients Required For Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread

Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread

Flour – I have used plain/all purpose flour. You can take a mixture of wheat and all purpose flour. Need extra flour for dusting.

Yeast – I have used instant active dry yeast. If you use normal dry yeast then you need to ferment it first before adding to the flour. Take about ½ cup of liquid from the measured amount. Add sugar and stir. Sprinkle the yeast over it. Give it a gentle stir. Cover and allow the yeast to ferment for 10 minutes. The mixture should appear frothy.


Sugar – don’t skip adding sugar as it helps to ferment the yeast resulting in the rise of the dough. Can replace it with honey, maple syrup if you want to.

Milk – use warm milk. You may need from 1 -1¼ cups of milk depending on the flour. Some flours absorb more liquid than others.

Olive Oil – I have used olive oil to add to the dough. You can use butter or any oil of your choice.

Butter – I have used salted butter. Melt it gently over the stove or in the microwave oven. Need a bit more to grease the baking pan.

Herbs – I have used mixed dry herbs. Use any herbs of your choice.

Garlic – I have used 2 tsp of minced garlic. Add according to your taste.



This Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread is stuffed with cheese and coated with garlic herb butter. It makes a wonderful bread to share with your family and guests for lunch or dinner.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course dinner, Lunch, Picnic, Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 8 people



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp instant dried active yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-1¼ cups warm milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • ½ cup butter melt it
  • 1-2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp dried herbs of your choice I used oregano


  • 200 g cheddar or mozzarella cheese cut into 32 cubes or pieces
  • extra flour for dusting
  • extra butter for greasing



  • Make the coating by melting the butter over low heat or in the microwave oven.
  • Add garlic and herbs to it and mix well.


  • Mix flour, salt and sugar in a big bowl.
  • Add yeast and mix well.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil and rub it into the flour.
  • Add warm milk and form a dough.
  • Dust the worktop lightly with some flour.
  • Knead the dough on the worktop for 8-10 minutes until it is soft and smooth.
  • The dough may stick to your hands but keep on adding the remaining oil as you knead. Don't be tempted to add too much flour.
  • Grease the bowl with butter or oil.
  • Shape the dough into a ball shape and place it in the bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a cling film or damp tea towel. leave it in a warm place for the dough to rise till its double the size. Mine took about 1 hour.
  • Lightly dust the worktop with some flour. Tip the dough onto the worktop.
  • Gently press the dough to degas it.
  • Divide the dough into 4 parts. Use a sharp kitchen knife or a scrapper to cut the dough.
  • Divide each part into half. So now you will have 8 parts.
  • Divide each part into half to get 16 parts.
  • Divide each part into half to get 32 parts.
  • Let the dough 'parts' rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • In the meantime cut the cheese into 32 cubes or parts.
  • Grease a small cake tin (about 6-7" in diameter) with some butter.
  • Take one part of the dough. Flatten it slightly with your finger tips.
  • Place one cube of cheese in the middle of the dough and roll it up.
  • Coat the rolled ball with the melted garlic butter.
  • Place the ball in the prepared tin.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough pieces and cheese.
  • As you place the coated balls in the pan, make sure you arrange them well.
  • Cover the pan with a damp kitchen towel and let the bread rise again for 45-60 minutes.


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Place the pan with the risen dough in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes till the top is golden brown.
  • Remove the pull apart bread from the oven.
  • Pour any remaining melted butter over it.
  • Let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Remove it from the pan and serve it warm.


  • Serve this bread with soup, salad or as a side dish.
  • Don't be in a hurry to remove the bread from the pan otherwise it will fall apart.
  • Stuff it with any cheese of your choice, parmesan, mozzarella, etc.
  • Use herbs of your choice.
Keyword cheese pull apart bread, pull apart bread

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  • Nayna Kanabar

    November 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    This bread looks so gorgeous it would be great to serve at a dinner party with some soup as a starter.

  • Eileen (Baking Sense)

    November 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Any recipe that starts with the words “Cheese Stuffed” has my vote. Wonderful recipe, Mayuri.

  • Wendy Klik

    November 14, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Love the addition of cheese inside Mayuri.

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    November 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Cheese stuffed garlic pull apart bread sounds delicious, great with any hearty soup!

  • Shobha

    November 14, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Nice and simple one. I love home made breads.

  • Julie

    November 15, 2017 at 2:04 am

    I'd just love to tar into this bread. I just love garlic and cheese together!

  • A Dhar

    November 15, 2017 at 2:22 am

    ummm.. I love a bread that is stuffed with cheese!~ Your bread sounds really yummy with cheese and garlic.

  • Karen

    November 15, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I love the little bits of cheese in the middle. The way you piled the shaped balls in the cake pan looks wonderful. I may have to try this for Thanksgiving.

  • Namita Tiwari

    November 15, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Hello Mayuri, Wahat a pretty cluster of garlic cheese bread! I loved your idea of stuffing thr rolls with cheese cubes and then coating in garlic butter. What a heavenly combo!

  • Pavani N

    November 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    That sounds like a very flavorful bread with garlic and cheese.

  • Sapana Behl

    November 16, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Cheese stuffed garlic pull apart looks perfect to enjoy for mid day meal.

  • Nandita Gupta

    November 17, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Garlic pull apart looks yummy and I love this recipe!


    November 17, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Looks so beautiful.. loved the detailed recipe..

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    November 18, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Always like cheese stuffed treats.. This is really awesome !!

  • jayashree

    November 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Tasty pull apart bread. I do need to try this.

  • sneha datar

    November 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Cheesy soft, fluffy pull apart rolls. So tempting.

  • sneha datar

    November 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Cheesy and beautiful bread, love it.

  • Archana Potdar

    December 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Wow, I love this bread Mayauri. Must try making it for my cheese crazy hubby.

  • Masala Chilli

    April 2, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Pull aparts are my favourites too. Fuss free eating and tiny bites can be savoured with a cup of tea or coffee. Stuffed ones are even more tempting. A great brunch option or a party pleaser, bread baking is certainly great! Loved the puffed up bread and the spongy interior.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    June 6, 2018 at 7:44 am

    The cheese stuffed garlic pull apart rolls are on my to do list from a long time di.. bookmarking this detailed recipe..will give it a try soon

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 6, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Poonam and do let me know how it turns out.

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