Saturday, November 9, 2013

Savory Pull-aparts

This last week was a little chilly which makes me crave soup. I wanted to make some homemade bread for dinner, but wanted something quick and easy. I love Monkey Bread, so I thought making some savory pull-aparts would be fantastic. If you missed my post on Monkey Bread, check it out. Those are also super yummy. This was an experiment gone right and my family loved it. If you haven't tried my Mom's recipe for multi-purpose bread dough, it's a must. It's great for pizza crust, Monkey Bread, cinnamon rolls, bread sticks, dinner rolls, etc. It comes together quickly and you don't have to knead it a long time. I hope you enjoy this recipe. It's perfect with soup and will be a total hit with your family.

Here's what you need:

Multi-purpose bread
-1 1/2 C warm water (about 120 degrees. You don't want it hot or it can kill the yeast.)
-1 TBS of dry, active yeast
-2 TBS sugar (can also use honey)
-1 1/2 tsp. salt
-1 TBS oil (I use olive)
-3 to 5 C all-purpose flour (can also use 1/2 white flour with 1/2 whole wheat flour.) **You want the dough to still be slightly tacky, so use caution not to use too much flour. I typically only have to use 3 cups. It really depends on the brand and moisture content of your flour.

-1/4 C melted butter
- 2/3 C Kraft Parm cheese (you can also use freshly grated Romano or Asiago cheese)
-1 1/2 TBS. Johnny's Garlic Spread Seasoning (I buy at Costco)

1. In large bowl combine warm water and 2 TBS sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Sprinkle yeast on top of water and allow to stand for 5 minutes until it gets foamy. Once it's foamy stir in oil and salt. Add flour and stir. You can also mix flour in with your hands, but being careful not to overmix. This dough doesn't require a lot of kneading. 

2. Cover bowl with a warm, damp towel and allow to rise 10 minutes. You can allow it to rise longer which will result in even fluffier bread, bread but it's not required. 

3. Grease bundt pan and punch down dough. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Have 2 bowls to the side, one with melted butter and the other with the cheese and garlic seasoning mixed. Take chunks of dough and dip in butter and then roll in cheese mixture. Place around in bundt pan until the dough is gone.

4. Cover with a warm, damp cloth and allow bread to rise again until the dough doubles which takes about 15-20 minutes. Bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown. 

5. Remove pan from oven and allow bread to rest in pan for 5-10 minutes. Flip out onto a serving platter. Serve warm and enjoy. You could also serve as an appetizer with a variety of dipping sauces (cheese, pizza, alfredo, etc.) 

Enjoy and Happy Baking!

Here's the printable recipe.

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