Cheesy Pull Apart Bread stuffed with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella – This truly is the ULTIMATE Caprese bread!
The ULTIMATE Caprese Bread
First things first, just for anyone wondering –
I don’t know about you, but when I think of ‘Caprese’ it usually brings imagery of a nice delicate and healthy plate of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, right? Well not on this blog. We’re stuffin’ it into bread. Take what you thought you knew about Caprese appetizers and, well, just get your eating pants on okay, things are about to get intense 😂
Here’s why you’re going to LOVE this Caprese bread:
- Easy – Incredibly easy and so much fun to make!
- Flavour – Think gorgeous Caprese flavours but enhanced x100.
- Appetizer – The PERFECT shared appetizer to make for a gathering.
Caprese Pull Apart Bread
Pull apart bread aka ‘crack bread’ is truly the perfect shared appetizer. Everybody diggin’ in, cheese pulls left right and centre. Love it. It’s one of those recipes that’s been done so many times, so I thought I’d come up with a little twist. Pull apart bread generally is just cheese and possibly garlic and/or parsley, but you can really add anything you like. Since the classic caprese and pull apart bread are both already delicious appetizers in their own right, I thought why not mix the two?
Spoiler alert, the result is bloomin’ INCREDIBLE!
How to make Caprese Pull Apart Bread (quick summary)
- Combine mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes.
- Combine melted butter with seasoning.
- Grab a loaf of bread (see recipe for notes on this)
- Slice down to the bottom of the bread (not all the way through) in slices to make diamond shapes.
- Pour butter into cracks, then stuff with cheese filling.
- Wrap in foil, bake, then unwrap and bake again.
Can I make this ahead of time?
If you want to make it ahead of time you absolutely can, just use softened butter instead of melted. The melted butter will seep into the bread if left for too long and make the whole thing soggy. Softened butter will be firm enough not to do that, but also soft enough to spread through the cracks. Just make up until baking then wrap and store in the fridge.
Can I sub fresh tomatoes?
Unfortunately fresh tomatoes are not suitable for this recipe. They are too watery and will make the bread too soft as it bakes, meaning it’ll fall apart when you pull it.
Can I sub dry basil?
Fresh basil is far better suited for this recipe. Dry herbs are great for longer cooking times, so they have the opportunity to infuse what they’re paired with. They’re not suited for a recipe as it’s fairly dry too.
What kind of bread to use?
You want a 14oz/400g loaf, preferably quite crusty and dense like a Sourdough.
How to serve Caprese bread
Use it as a centre piece appetizer at dinner, or even bring it to pot luck. It’s a perfect kind of tear ‘n’ share kind of deal. To complete the Caprese theme, I also serve this with a little dish of 1 part good quality extra virgin olive oil and 1 part balsamic vinegar. In general just serve this with whatever meal you’d serve garlic bread.
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Okay, let’s tuck into the full Caprese pull apart bread recipe shall we!?
How to make Caprese Pull Apart Bread (Full Recipe & Video)
Cheesy Caprese Pull Apart Bread
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
- Suitably Sized Baking Tray
- Small Mixing Bowl
- Small Pot (for butter)
Ingredients (check list):
- 1x 14oz/400g loaf of Bread (see notes)
- 1 1/2 cups / 150g Mozzarella, shredded
- 1 1/4 cups / 125g Sun Dried Tomatoes, very finely diced
- 3.5oz / 100g Unsalted Butter, melted
- 2 tbsp Fresh Basil, very finely diced
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp each: Salt and Black Pepper, or to taste
- Preheat oven to 356F/180C.
- In a bowl, combine 1.5cups/150g mozzarella and 1.25cups/125g diced sun dried tomatoes. Place to one side.
- In a smaller bowl or pot, combine 3.5oz/100g butter, 1/2tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp salt & pepper (or to taste). Place to one side.
- Carve slices into your bread to create diamond shapes approx 1" in size, making sure you go right to the bottom, but not all the way through. (see video for guidance).
- Use a spoon to drizzle the basil butter in and around each section. Repeat with the mozzarella mix. You want to make sure you try and evenly spread the mixtures through each crack and crevice, from top to bottom. Tedious, but worth it.
- Wrap in foil and bake for 15mins, or until the cheese starts to melt. The unwrap and bake for another 10mins or until the bread goes nice and crispy. Serve with a pot of 1 part quality extra virgin olive oil and 1 part balsamic vinegar.
Quick 1 min demo!
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