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Caprese Pull Apart Bread

June 12, 2019

This truly is the BEST Pull Apart Bread recipe! Crack Bread stuffed with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Fresh Basil – Caprese never tasted so good!

When you 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. Follow me…

finger pulling section of cheesy bread out of pull apart bread with cheese pull

Crack Bread

Aka pull apart bread truly is 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. We’ll get to the Caprese side of things in two secs, but first let’s see just how easy it is to make pull apart bread.

How to make Pull Apart Bread

  1. Combine mozzarella with any other solid fillings (here we have sun dried tomatoes).
  2. Combine melted butter with seasoning.
  3. Place both to one side and grab a loaf of bread (see recipe for notes on this)
  4. Slice down to the bottom of the bread (not all the way through) in slices to make diamond shapes.
  5. Pour butter into cracks, then stuff with cheese filling.
  6. Wrap in foil, bake, then unwrap and bake again.

Easy right!?

How to make Pull Apart Bread - 6 step by step photos

Caprese Garlic Bread

There truly aren’t many better combos than tomato, basil and mozzarella. Turns out when you stuff it into bread, it gets even better.

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.

Close up overhead shot of pull apart bread fresh out the oven

What to serve with pull apart bread

To complete the Caprese theme, I serve this with a little dish of 1 part good quality extra virgin olive oil and 1 part balsamic vinegar.

Hey, whilst you’re here why not check out my other recipes?

Shared Appetizer Recipes

Okay, let’s tuck into this pull apart bread recipe shall we!?

dipping pull apart bread into balsamic and olive oil dip

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How to make Caprese Pull Apart Bread (Full Recipe & Video)

closeup of pull apart bread with focus on finely chopped basil

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread (Caprese Style)

This truly is the BEST Pull Apart Bread recipe! Crack Bread stuffed with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Fresh Basil - Caprese never tasted so good!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer / Starter
Cuisine: finger food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 6
Calories: 376kcal

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

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 356f/180c.
  • In a bowl, combine your mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes. Place to one side.
  • In a smaller bowl, combine your butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper. 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!

Notes:

a) What type of bread to use? - You want a nice crusty dense bread. If it's too soft, it'll fall apart when you try and pull it. For my UK readers, I use Giraffe or Tiger bread, for all readers Sourdough works great too.
b) Garlic Powder Sub - 1 large clove of fresh garlic, minced or very finely diced will be fine (approx 1 tsp).
c) Calories - shared between 6 people without the oil dip.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Pull Apart Bread (Caprese Style)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 161
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.93g28%
Saturated Fat 9.871g49%
Trans Fat 0.018g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.75g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.929g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 702mg29%
Potassium 508mg15%
Carbohydrates 40.05g13%
Fiber 3.2g13%
Sugar 8.31g9%
Protein 14.31g29%
Vitamin A 1300IU26%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 260mg26%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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Roasted Garlic Bread fresh out the oven

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Demeter
    June 13, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    5 stars
    This looks dangerously amazing! I’m sure it’ll disappear quickly.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 13, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      VERY quickly

  • Reply
    Laura
    June 13, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    5 stars
    There are two things you can look at infinitely – a sunset and pull apart bread! Can’t wait to try this recipe as I have a lot of mozzarella ready to rock’n’roll any time!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 13, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      That’s so so true!!

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    June 13, 2019 at 11:37 am

    5 stars
    I can’t stop looking at that perfect cheese pull…and drooling! This looks so incredible, I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      Enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    June 13, 2019 at 11:10 am

    5 stars
    seriously this is a genius idea, I eat caprese salad just about daily with fresh basil tomato and cheese. Now the bread makes that dish and this is perfect!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Claudia! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Tisha
    June 13, 2019 at 10:13 am

    5 stars
    Love caprese anything! This pull apart bread is genius!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      Caprese makes the world go around!

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