RECIPE: Herbed Pull Apart Bread
Sometimes we want a fresh baked bread for a salad or soup for dinner, but fresh baked bread seems like a daunting task. Herbed fresh baked bread doesn't always need to be a laborious task, thanks to premade refrigerated bread dough. With a little love and 30 minutes, you can enhance store bought dough into something savory and special, like a pull apart loaf. This technique is really fun and easy, and you can spread whatever herbs or savory additions on the squares for whatever flavor profile you are looking for. You can even do a sweet version too, with cinnamon and sugar. It's fun to get creative.
A technique to do this is to turn the bread pan on it's side, and lay the squares like a tower in the pan, one on top of each other. Then turn the pan with the dough gently right side up, and fluff and spread out the dough to fill the pan. It works out great! Play with different fillings, and see what your family likes!
4 tablespoons of butter, softened
1 tablespoon of dried chives
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1 tablespoon of dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
one package of refrigerated French bread dough
3 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling on top
Roll out refrigerated bread dough and using a rolling pin if needed, roll out to a 12" x 12" square. Using a pastry cutter cut out into 12 even squares, 3"w x 3"h.
In a small bowl, mix all the herbs and spices into the softened butter until well mixed. With a knife, spread the herb butter on top of each of the squares. Sprinkle each square with the Parmesan cheese.
In a bread pan, butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray so that the bread does not stick.
Gently stack the bread dough, one on top of the other, inside bread pan. Once all the squares are in the pan, sprinkle with extra cheese on top. Loosen up the bread dough lightly with your fingers. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for an hour or two.
Preheat oven to 325˚ if using a dark bread pan. Bake at 350˚ if using a lighter bread pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until top is golden. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then run a knife around the sides. Pull the bread out and place on a platter. Let your guests pull apart the dough and eat it.