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Easy Cheesy Pizza Pull Apart Bread , with a no-knead Option | Fun Party Food :)

Pizza – kids and adults favourite. My kids order in from a pizzeria once in a while, but prefer homemade pizza any day. I love that ‘coz I know exactly what goes into baking it, and I can control that and the portion size too. I usually have a batch of wholwheat pizza dough freezing, but this time I used my trusted @KingArthurFlour Bread flour (which has an amazing 12% protein content, and no this is NOT a sponsored post from @KAF but a tribute to flour that never fails me!! ). 

If one doesn’t have access to Bread Flour, you can add 1 tsp Vital Wheat Gluten to every cup of flour. Of course, baking for me over the years has been more trial and error, more errors than trials … but the joy of baking is something so therapeutic that it can mask all your worries as you knead, fold, bake 🙂

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Preeti – our host for the week has asked us to go on a #pizzaMania trip this week at FoodieMonday. I already have the following pizza varieties on the blog, so wanted to do a take on Pizzas, and this Pull Apart bread was gone in minutes when the kids came back from school. I cut back on cheese consumption quite a bit at home too, so the kids were really excited that the bread had, in my little one’s words “Amma, so much Cheese!!!”. the glee was totally worth it ! 

This would be a hit at any kid’s birthday party as its fun to “pull-apart” the bread one by one. I had make a similar Garlicky Monkey Pull apart bread and that was delicious too. Let’s get baking. If you or ur kid is crazy about Pizzas, here are some varieties you can make right at home ! 

Wholewheat Thin Crust Pizza from Scratch

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Grilled Methi Bhakri Pizza Bites | No yeast Fusion Pizza with Bajra (Black Millet)

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Turkish Pide (Turkish Pizza)

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Dominos-style Garlic Pizza sticks

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The following Step by step collage should also help baking amateurs. 

Prep time – 15 mins, Fermentation time – 2 hours + overnight , makes – 2 loaves

What you need:

King Arthur Bread Flour – 3.5 cups

Warm water – 1 cup + 3 tbsp (can vary with the flour quality)

Yeast – 1 packet (7 g)

Salt – to taste

Sugar – 1 TBSP

Italian herbs – 1 tsp ( I used dried thyme and oregano)

Olive Oil – 3 TBSP + 1 TBSP for greasing

Topping:

Red chilli flakes – 1 tsp (for topping)

Shredded Pizza Cheese – I used Brittania Mozzarella Cheese – 2/3 cup

How to :

In a bowl, Mix the sugar with the warm water well. Add yeast and let it proof (takes 10 mins). Mix the flour, salt, herbs well, Add the proofed yeast and half of the oil and knead well to a smooth, elastic dough (takes 20 mins by hand). Grease a ceramic bowl, Cover with cling wrap as shown in the following picture.

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Once the dough doubles (takes about 60-90 mins on a humid day), punch it down a bit and  cover it again and place in the refrigerator overnight (for the no-knead option, one can just mix the shaggy dough with hand till it forms a gooey kind of mixture, cover and refrigerate prior to first rise for at least 18-24 hours)

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Baking Day:

1. Bring the dough to room temperature 2 hours before you wish to bake. 

2. Divide the dough based on the side of your pan, Take one portion, Knead the dough well for 2-4 mins. Divide the portion into equal sized roundels. roast garlic and add to the roundels, add homemade pizza sauce ( I used my thickened Pasta sauce), herbs, 2 tsp of olive oil and mix well. At this stage, you can add half of the cheese too, but I prefer to add it only for topping.  

3. Grease the baking , I used a Large bundt pan, but you could use any dish you need. 

4. Place the sauce-coated bread in the greased pan in a circular fashion / one over the other in a monkey-bread kind of pattern. Cover for 20-30 mins while it proves again. 

5. Meanwhile heat the oven to 190C. 

6. Sprinkle grated cheese generously and the chilli flakes over the 2nd proofed bread and bake at 190 for 15 mins till cheese is melted and bubbly.

7. Rest for 4-5 mins and then dig in !! 

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9 Comments

  1. Oh wow! Pizza and pull-apart bread – what's to not love?

    This looks just gorgeous, Kalyani! I can imagine the burst of flavours this would have been. 🙂

  2. Pull apart Pizza bread sounds delicious especially for kids.. they love such innovative treats!! and no hassel of roliing the pizza dough putting toppings fro u!!;).. cool recipe!!loved it!!

  3. Love the pull apart pizza saves a lot of trouble trying to cut it in equal parts. I need the biggest slice you see.

  4. preethi'scuisine

    Cheesy pizza pull part bread is bursting with flavours Kalyani. No one can resist this one.Amazing recipe.

  5. Mayuri Patel

    Wow Kalyani, such a tempting pull apart bread with pizza flavour. Love the generous sprinkle of cheese. With a hot tomato soup, this would the ultimate meal.

  6. cookwithrenu

    mmm..This looks so tempting Kalyani. I love pull apart bread as all the flavours gets infused in it. This looks super tempting.

  7. Cheesy pull apart pizza is too tempting and love the way you have used bundt pan for this. Very interesting and different recipe

  8. Poonam Bachhav

    Pizza flavored pull apart bread loaded with cheese is such a tempting dish Kalyani ! I am sure it is a treat for all ages.

  9. Wow, Kalyani cheesy pull apart pizza looks tempting. Perfect treat for kids. Superb share.

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