Garlic & Herb Pull Apart Bread is a delicious and pretty loaf to serve with all sorts of meals. Or, just pull off a piece and simply eat it with a bit of butter as a tasty snack.
Garlic & Herb Pull Apart Bread is the perfect bread for your next meal. It’s flavorful and fun to serve — no knife required. You can literally just pull slices from the loaf.
“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” — M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating
My dad baked the best bread, and my mom’s is right up there, too. What I wouldn’t do for another taste of his bread!
He rarely ate store-bought bread, preferring to bake it himself every few weeks. When it was bread-baking day, the whole house smelled absolutely heavenly. Can you imagine!
It seemed impossible for my dad to make anything but huge quantities of his bread, so there were always loaves and rolls in the freezer to pull out as needed — like for impromptu visitors, or simply for someone to take home after a family dinner.
I can imagine the smell of his baking bread now, and boy do I miss it. His bread was chewy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. It was irresistible and perfect on its own, although I’d never turn down a slice with homemade jelly or butter slathered on it.
I can’t tell you how hard it was to wait for a roll to cool before snatching one and tearing into it. There were always both loaves and rolls, and the extra dough was turned into pizza.
My dad worked in a commercial bakery when he was young and always talked about “the junk” that was included in the ingredients. That was a long time ago, and even back then he recognized the importance of whole foods and ingredients.
I haven’t perfected my dad’s art of baking bread, even after a few sessions with my mom. Maybe I never will, or maybe one day I’ll surprise myself.
Until then, I can happily enjoy one loaf at a time, like this recipe for Garlic & Herb Pull Apart Bread. At first it seemed odd to me to make just one loaf, but then I realized that most people don’t bake oodles and oodles of bread at a time!
This is an easy bread to make, and the fresh herbs and garlic really make it special. It makes enough for one loaf, but you’ll be left with some extra dough. I popped the extra dough into three wells of a muffin tin, which turns into a few pretty rolls.
I hope you’ll give Garlic & Herb Pull Apart Bread a try. You’ll love the smell as it bakes, and how wonderful it tastes.
Patricia Conte/Grab a Plate
Serves One loaf
This is a lovely bread to serve with most any meal! You'll love the flavors and fun it brings to the table.
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 ounce dry active yeast
- 3 cups flour, plus extra for the work surface
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup melted butter, divided
- 2 eggs
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Sea salt to sprinkle on top of the bread
- Add the yeast to the bowl of a stand mixer. Pour the warm water over the top. Gently stir and allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes.
- Add the flour, sugar, and 1-1/4 teaspoons salt to a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
- Add the dough hook to the stand mixer and add half the flour mixture to the bowl. Mix on low until it begins to combine with the yeast mixture.
- While mixing, pour in the milk followed by 1/4 cup of the melted butter. Allow it to mix for a few minutes.
- One at a time, add the eggs. Continue to mix until incorporated.
- Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until incorporated. The dough should be soft and just slightly sticky.
- Lightly coat a large bowl with the nonstick cooking spray.
- Lightly flour a clean work surface with a bit of the flour. Transfer the dough to the surface and knead it lightly a few times. Pat it into a round ball.
- Transfer the dough to the bowl, cover it with a clean towel, and allow it to rest in a warm area for about an hour. The dough should almost double in size.
- When the dough has risen, sprinkle more of the flour on your work surface. Transfer the dough to the surface and punch it down a few times. Roll it out to a large oval, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Lightly coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with the nonstick cooking spray. Do the same in 3 wells of a muffin tin. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of melted butter with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic, and the herbs.
- Use a biscuit cutter (4-5 inches in diameter) to cut rounds out from the dough. Brush the butter mixture over one side of each round and fold in half. One at a time, place the folded rounds in the loaf pan, pressed up against each other, rounded side facing up.
- Gather the dough scraps together and roll it out flat and continue cutting out rounds. Continue until there is no dough left.
- Gather the dough rounds that won’t fit in the loaf pan (I used three rounds per muffin well) and place in the muffin well.
- Brush any remaining butter mixture over the top of the dough, and in between the rounds. Sprinkle the top with a bit of the sea salt.
- Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the tops turns lightly golden.
- Cool slightly before serving.