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Cheesy Caprese Pull Apart Bread

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread stuffed with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella - This truly is the ULTIMATE Caprese bread!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Starter
Cuisine: finger food
Servings: 6
Calories: 376kcal
Cost: £1 / $1

Equipment

  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Suitably Sized Baking Tray
  • Foil
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Small Pot (for butter)

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 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.

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) Can I make this ahead of time? - Sure! Just make sure you use SOFTENED butter, not melted. Melted will seep into the bread and make it soggy if left for too long. The butter should be firm enough not to seep into the bread, but soft enough to spread.
c) Garlic Powder Sub - 1 large clove of fresh garlic, minced or very finely diced (or grated) will be fine (approx 1 tsp).
d) 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