Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Garlic Sun Dried Tomato Pull apart bread..

Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods. The very first evidence of making flat breads from seed or root extract and baking on direct fire can be traced back to 30,000 years. With time, leavening agents have been added to make soft breads. Evidence shows other than airborne yeast, beer was a commonly used leavening to make bread in the old times. 

In many cultures, bread is the metaphor for basic necessity of livelihood. We often use the words 'bread and butter' to describe someone's main source of income. Roti, Kapda, Makan (bread, clothes and a shelter) as said in our country, India.

Bread is the staple food around the world and is called with different names in different parts of the world ; white bread, brown bread, sourdough bread etc in the Western part of the world or roti, chapati, nan etc in the subcontinent.

Today I made some pull apart bread. Pull apart bread is a type of bread where some distinct indentations allow the bread to be pulled apart into individual servings. It can be done plain or with some stuffing. I added stuffing to my pull apart bread. The stuffed pull apart bread can be served as a snack itself and goes very well as sides with pasta or salad. And the stuffing can be anything of your choice, from sweet to savory.

Today I used some roasted garlic, sun dried tomato and monterery jack cheese as the filling. You can try your hand on fresh coriander or dried onion or different types of cheese, or something sweet like cinnamon and brown sugar.

Things needed to make Garlic Sun-dried Tomato Pull apart bread:

For the bread dough:

  • Bread flour: 3 cups
  • Instant yeast: 1 packet (2 and 1/4 tsp)
  • Warm water: 1 cup
  • Sugar: 3 tbsp
  • Salt: 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil: 4 tbsp
  • Extra flour(all purpose) for kneading
  • Extra oil to grease

For the filling:

  • Garlic: 1 whole head
  • Sun dried tomato: 1/2 cup
  • Monterery jack cheese(grated): 1 cup
  • Dried parsley: 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil: 2 tbsp
  • Butter: 2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mozzarella cheese(grated): 2 tbsp

Steps of making Garlic Sun-dried tomato pull apart bread:

1. Take warm water, yeast and sugar in a deep bowl. Mix well, cover and keep aside for 10 min. Keep the bowl in the warm corner of your kitchen. Use a deep bowl or the yeast will bubble up and may spill.

2. In a large bowl take the flour, oil, salt and mix well. Add the bubbled yeast and mix with a ladle or spatula.  Keep mixing(about 6-8 min) till all the flour comes together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. If you have a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to do this. I did with my hand.

3. Dust the working area with flour and drop the dough. Knead the dough to form a ball. It took me round about 10-12 mins to knead the dough. Use your palm to stretch the dough away from you, fold it back and turn it 90 degree. And repeat the process. While kneading keep dusting the work area and your palm with flour.

4. Grease a large deep bowl with oil and keep the kneaded dough on that bowl. Cover and keep in a warm part of the kitchen. Let the dough rise, about 1-2 hrs.

5. As the dough is rising, make the filling for the bread. You can use any filling for your choice. I used garlic and sun dried tomato. Mix all the ingredients for the filling except butter and mozzarella cheese. Mix well and keep aside. I roasted the garlic head to make the filling. To know how to make roasted garlic Click Here.

6. After 1 or 2 hrs the dough will be double in size. Punch down the dough. Transfer the dough on a lightly floured surface. I used a large baking sheet. Roll the dough to 10 by 20 inch rectangle. Brush the dough with butter.

7. Spread the filling on the dough. Press the filling into the dough so it does not fall.

8. Take a pizza cutter or knife and cut the dough into 8-10 strips.

9. Take each strip, stretch and roll.

10. Grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf tin, and arrange the rolled dough in that.

11. Cover the dough with a moisten kitchen towel and let the dough rise again for 40-45 min. Pre-heat oven to 350F/180C.

12. After 40 min brush the dough with butter and sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese on top. Bake for 30-35 min on the middle rack. The best way to know whether the bread is done or not, tap the back of the bread, it will make a hollow sound when it's fully done. Take out the bread from the pan, let it cool down on a wire rack.

Enjoy your pull apart bread.
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  1. Besh interesting! Will have to try this out at my home.

    1. Definitely baniyo, ja khushi filling dite paro, khub bhalo lagbe for sure.

  2. Reached here via foodgawker. I've been eyeing pull apart bread for sooo long!! Love your photos and write up. I really got to buckle up and try making one.


  3. All of that cheese and garlic in this pull apart bread is making me swoon! I can tell how soft and tender the dough is, and all of the flavorful additions make it look even more incredible. I'm always looking for ideas for savory breads; thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Looks devine. Have pinned it to try soon, thanks.

  5. Oooh la la!!! Looks so soft and inviting ...