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Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread #BreadBakers

For this month's bread bakers challenge, Kelly Lawson from Passion Kneaded suggested baking a sweet or savory pull apart bread, monkey bread or bubble bread as the theme. If you love baking bread and want to join this wonderful bread baking group, scroll to the end of the post for further details.

I choose the dough recipe from the King Arthur Flour website and for the filling I added basil pesto and a mix of Parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella cheese. This bread recipe is a keeper. It was soft and very tasty bread. You can adapt this bread recipe and use any filling of your choice. Let's see how make his cheesy pesto pull apart bread.


For the dough:
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 tsp instant yeast or active dry yeast
2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1/3 cup pesto
1 1/2 cup grated cheese


1. Combine the milk, butter, sugar, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl or in a saucepan. Heat and stir until the butter melts. Let the mixture cool to lukewarm.

2. Transfer the milk mixture to a large mixing bowl and add egg, yeast, flour and mix to form a shaggy dough. Knead the dough until it's smooth. 

3. Place the dough in a greased container and cover. Let it rise for about 90 minutes, until it's puffy though not necessarily doubled in bulk.

4. Roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Spread the pesto and sprinkle the cheese. Cut into  long strips and stack the strips.

5. Cut the strip into 5 and stack in a greased loaf pan. Allow to rise for another 90 minutes or till the dough starts filling the pan. 

6. Bake at 190 C | 350 F for 25-30 minutes until top is golden.

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

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