closeup of pull apart bread with focus on finely chopped basil
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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Starter
Cuisine: finger food
Servings: 6
Calories: 376kcal
Author: Chris Collins

Ingredients

  • 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.

Video

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

Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.05g | Protein: 14.31g | Fat: 17.93g | Saturated Fat: 9.871g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.75g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.929g | Trans Fat: 0.018g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 8.31g | Vitamin A: 1300IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 3.8mg