Pull-apart bread is a great side to keep in mind, as it is user-friendly, easy, and delicious. While many recipes require you to make a dough from scratch and let it rise multiple times, this one does not. I love making yeast breads from scratch, and almost always prefer them to anything else, but sometimes you just have to go with a simple recipe for everyday life. This bread is one of those things that you can serve to your friends and family alike, and receive the same reaction, ‘this is so good!’ The only word of caution I have regarding this bread is that it is easy to overcook, don’t be afraid to take it out of the oven when the time is up, even if it seems too soft. Pull-apart bread is supposed to be ultra-soft, in fact, that’s the reason people love it! Too often breads are tough and chewy, or dense and heavy, when they should be soft and fluffy. Don’t let uncertainty stop you from making confident decisions! So go forth and make bread without fear! I believe in you!;)
The Ingredients: 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough, 1/2 cup grated Monterey jack cheese, 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. basil, 1/2 tsp. dried chives, 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper.
Preheat your oven to 365 degrees. Grease a 9 inch cake pan or something similar in size. On a flat surface (cutting board etc.), unroll the pizza dough, use a butter knife to divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Form the dough pieces into balls. Melt the butter in the pan in your microwave, stir in the spices and Monterey jack cheese until the spices dissolve. Add the balls of dough and toss them around to combine. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over the top. Bake for twenty minutes or until golden brown. Serves 4-6 (all serving sizes are based off of my three hungry brothers…;) This recipe can easily be doubled and produce the same results, just add another ten minutes to the cooking time.
Ah, luscious bread, delicious bread….