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Starting from a simple buttery homemade dough, this everything bagel pull apart bread is filled with cheesy garlic & herb cream cheese and topped with everything seasoning. Baked until golden brown and served pull-apart style, this snack is truly irresistible. It’s flaky, salty, savory, garlicky, and cheesy– plus it’s fun to eat & share.

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A few readers requested savory football food recipes and snack-style pull apart bread came to mind first. After weeks of brainstorming, asking your suggestions, and a little recipe testing… I baked the BEST PULL APART BREAD you will ever eat. This loaf-style pull apart bread is prepared with easy homemade bread dough, garlic herb & mozzarella cream cheese filling, and everything bagel seasoning on top.

  • My assistant said “This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten.”
  • Our friend said “This stuff is dangerous.”
  • Another friend said “Alert me when you publish the recipe so I can make it.”
  • And then “Get this away from me because I can’t stop eating it.”
  • And, finally, I said: “This is another example of why I love carbs.”
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Pull Apart Bread Dough

The everything bagel pull apart bread begins with homemade dough. A lot of homemade yeasted bread recipes yield 2 or more loaves, but I only wanted 1. It required a little testing, but I found the perfect ratio of ingredients. Pull apart bread dough combines 7 simple ingredients: sugar, milk, butter, salt, egg, flour, and yeast. Here’s the purpose and importance of each:

  • Sugar feeds the yeast. Only 1 Tablespoon in the recipe.
  • Milk hydrates the yeast and gives the bread a softer texture (as opposed to water).
  • Butter and salt give the bread flavor.
  • Egg contributes to the bread rising as well as providing texture/structure.
  • Flour is the structure of the bread.
  • Yeast makes bread… bread!

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

bread dough in a glass bowl

Let’s Talk About the Yeast

We’re using a superior yeast: Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast. Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast is an instant yeast that strengthens our dough and provides extra volume to the final product. It’s my preferred yeast for any and all bread baking– I use it exclusively in my kitchen because it’s always a guarantee!! If you don’t have Platinum, Red Star Active Dry or Quick Rise Yeast works too! If using active-dry, your dough may take a little longer to rise. We only need 2 teaspoons of dry yeast which is a little less than 1 standard packet.

The dough rises twice.

  1. The first rise is after the dough is prepared. It will rise for about 1 hour until doubled in size. After the first rise, you can continue with the recipe, refrigerate the dough to use later in the week, or freeze it.
  2. The second rise is after the pull apart bread is assembled. It will rise for about 45 minutes.

During the first rise, get your everything bagel goodies prepared.

2 images of everything bagel seasoning in a bowl and ingredients for everything bagel bread

Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning

Everything bagel seasoning is so easy. You can buy it from the store or mix it up at home with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced onion, dried garlic flakes, and coarse salt– the same seasoning I use for homemade everything bagels and these everything biscuits.

Other uses for everything bagel seasoning: sprinkled on hummus, homemade cheese bread, scrambled eggs, toast, fish, chicken, homemade soft pretzels, pretzels rolls, cornbread, salads, guacamole, pizza, and more!

Garlic herb cream cheese in a glass bowl

Garlic, Herb, & Mozzarella Cream Cheese

We’re combining, butter, cream cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, and your choice of fresh or dried herbs. This mixture will be spread on top of the dough before it’s shaped in the pull apart style. The first time I made this everything bagel pull apart bread, I skipped the mozzarella cheese. It was good. When I added the cheese, it was GREAT. Much more of a stretchy cheesy pull apart style.

After the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it out. Spread on the cream cheese mixture.

rolled out dough topped with cheese filling cut out into circles

How to Assemble Pull Apart Bread

There are a billion ways to shape/assemble pull apart bread. King Arthur Flour has a blog post about different ways to shape pull apart bread that I found interesting. This particular way doesn’t require a ruler, strict measurements, or any precise measuring:

  1. Break out a round cutter. You can use a round biscuit cutter, anywhere around 3.5-4 inches. I have this set of round cookie cutters and the various sizes always come in handy.
  2. Cut dough into circles.
  3. Fold the circles in half and arrange in the loaf pan.

What to do with the leftover dough scraps? Scroll down to below the recipe. I have something AWESOME you can make. The results are unbelievable!!

Here are all the filled circles folded in half and lined up in the loaf pan:

pull apart bread assembled in loaf pan before baking

Let the assembled pull apart bread rise for about 45 minutes, then sprinkle with our everything bagel seasoning. Look at how puffy it got:

pull apart bread with everything bagel seasoning on top assembled in loaf pan before baking

Bake until golden brown, then pull it apart and dig in!

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This pull apart bread hits the spot. It’s:

  • buttery
  • salty
  • bagel-y
  • flaky
  • cheesy
  • garlicky
  • soft in the center
  • crisp on the edges
  • fun to eat
  • fun to share
  • so addicting it’s scary!!

With make-ahead and freezing instructions, there are so many ways you can prepare this pull apart bread ahead of time. Or if you have a few hours one day, make it all in one go. Truly one of the best savory snacks we’ve had and I guarantee you’ll say the same after 1 bite. See more below the recipe!

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pull-apart bread loaf

Everything Bagel Pull Apart Bread

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Starting from a simple buttery homemade dough, this everything bagel pull apart bread is filled with cheesy garlic & herb cream cheese and topped with everything seasoning. Baked until golden brown and served pull-apart style, this snack is truly irresistible. It’s flaky, salty, savory, garlicky, and cheesy– plus it’s fun to eat & share.


Ingredients

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  • 2 teaspoons Red Star® Platinum yeast*
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) whole milk
  • 3 Tablespoons (45gunsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 and 1/3 cups (291g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 ounces (224g) brick style cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons (45gunsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 12 teaspoons Italian seasoning*
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup (70gshredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Everything Bagel Topping

  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds*
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds*
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion*
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried garlic flakes*
  • 1 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 Tablespoons (30gunsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Make the dough: Place the yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Or, if you do not own a stand mixer, a regular large mixing bowl. Heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave until warm to touch, about 110°F (43°C). Pour warm milk on top of yeast/sugar. Whisk gently to combine, then loosely cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. The mixture will be frothy after 5-10 minutes.
  2. If you do not have a mixer, you can mix by hand in this step. Add the butter, egg, flour, and salt. Beat on low speed for 3 minutes. Dough will be soft. Transfer it to a lightly floured work surface. Using lightly floured hands, knead it for 1 minute. If the dough is too sticky to handle, add 1-3 more Tablespoons of flour, but you want a very soft dough. Shape into a ball.
  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl (I use nonstick spray to grease) and cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place in a slightly warm environment to rise until doubled in size, around 60-90 minutes. (If desired, use my warm oven trick for rising. See my answer to Where Should Dough Rise? in my Baking with Yeast Guide.)
  4.  As the dough rises, prepare the filling and topping in the next steps and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  5. Make the cream cheese filling: In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat all of the filling ingredients together until combined. Cover tightly and set aside until ready to use. (Don’t refrigerate unless making well in advance. It’s easiest to spread on the dough when at room temperature. If refrigerated, let it come to room temperature before spreading on dough in step 7.)
  6. Make the topping: Combine the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced onion, dried garlic flakes, and coarse salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  7. Assemble the bread: Punch down the dough to release the air. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and with a floured rolling pin, roll out until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick. The dough can be any shape, just as long as it’s around 1/4 inch thick. Spread cream cheese filling on top. Using a 3.5 – 4 inch circle cookie cutter, cut into circles. I get about 12 circles. Fold circles in half and line in prepared baking pan, round side up. See photos above for a visual.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and allow to rise once again in a slightly warm environment until puffy, about 45 minutes.
  9. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position then preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  10. Brush dough with the 2 Tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle everything bagel seasoning on top. (Use as much of the seasoning as you want; extras can be used for any of the suggestions listed in the post above.)
  11. Bake until golden brown, about 40-45 minutes. If you find the top of the loaf is browning too quickly, tent with aluminum foil. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan and serve warm.
  12. Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Freeze baked and cooled bread for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator and warm in the oven to your liking. The dough can be prepared through step 3, then after it has risen, punch it down to release the air, cover it tightly, then place in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Continue with step 5. To freeze the dough, prepare it through step 3. After it has risen, punch it down to release any air. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator. Then let the dough sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before continuing with step 5. (You may need to punch it down again if it has some air bubbles.)
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer | KitchenAid Hand Mixer | Glass Mixing Bowls | Loaf Pan | Rolling Pin | Circle Cookie Cutters | Pastry Brush
  3. Yeast: I always use Red Star Platinum yeast, an instant yeast. If using active dry yeast, the rise times could be slightly longer. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.
  4. Italian Seasoning: I used Italian seasoning blend in the cream cheese mixture. You can use any dried or fresh herbs you like. Dried works a little better in the baked bread. Dried basil, parsley, oregano, etc.
  5. Everything Bagel Seasoning: If you don’t care for one of the everything bagel seasonings, feel free to swap it out with another that you love.
  6. Leftover Dough: To avoid having leftover dough scraps with the garlic herb mozzarella cream cheese mixture on them, you can spread the mixture individually onto each circle. Make sure you load it onto each! Then just save the leftover scraps to make pizza, rolls, whatever. But I found it easier to spread the whole thing with the garlic herb mozzarella cream cheese mixture. See below for what I do with my extra dough scraps!

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Leftover Dough

Since we’re using a cookie cutter for shaping this pull apart bread, we’re going to have some dough scraps leftover. The dough scraps are topped with the herbed cream cheese mixture so WHY NOT shape into a ball, then roll it out to make pizza? Pizza on top of a tender and flaky homemade garlic herb cream cheese dough. This pizza might even be better than the everything bagel pull apart bread itself!!

Since the dough is covered with the wet cream cheese mixture, you’ll need extra all-purpose flour on hand. Using well floured hands, peel the scraps off the counter and shape into a ball. This will be messy. Add more flour to the dough as needed (I probably added about 1/2 cup of flour) and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. It’s still going to be a little wet; thats ok. Flatten it out with floured hands or a floured rolling pin as best you can. Top with pizza toppings and bake in a 475°F (246°C) oven for 15-20 minutes or until browned to your liking.

I used homemade pesto, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onion, halved baby tomatoes, and when it came out of the oven, I topped it with our everything bagel seasoning. 🙂

flatbread with pesto, tomatoes, and cheese

In partnership with Red Star Yeast

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Hello, long story short, can you add proofed yeast to flour, salt and olive oil on day 2 or does it become null and void/die in the fridge (refrigerator) overnight? Yeast came from a new pot, so was active but has now been sitting in slightly sweet, 50/50 milk and water solution (2tbsp yeast to 1tbsp dark brown sugar) for a few hours and will be overnight by the time I get a reply in my timezone. I’m happy to bin, learn a lesson and move on but I wanted to find out in case “life happens” again. Thank you

    1. Just wanted to share I made this recipe again with fresh yeast and milk (turns out I really didn’t read the recipe well). I loved the bread wih my changes outlined below. My only changes to the bread portion was to use half the sugar, 50/50 flour and replaced the butter for extra virgin olive oil as I’m an Italian at heart. Oh and I kneaded the bread a lot longer, until I could pull it thin without breaking (windowpane test) so I knew the bread would have a better texture. For the filling portion, I rounded the recipe down to a 180g UK pot and that was a perfect ration of cheese to bread IMO. I used light cream cheese (same flavour, slightly healthier. In the UK we can only get a Philadelphia spredable and that works no problem), replaced butter for olive oil again, half the garlic granules and 1 1/2tsp herby blend called za’atar (oregano, thyme, sumac (lemon like spice) and salt) which I prefer here over Italian seasoning. Lastly I topped my bread with sesame seeds, I tried the everything bagel seasoning and it was WAY too strong in both onion, garlic and salt even after doubling the seed portion so now I have a spice jar full of the stuff which is a shame.

  2. I love this recipe! I found it a week ago, and I’m on my second loaf. The only thing I do a little differently than the recipe is that instead of cutting out dough circles (I don’t have a cutter the right size) I divide the dough into 12 balls (about 44g each) and just roll each circle separately.

    1. Hi Laney! The bread machine should work on its dough setting for this recipe, but we haven’t tested it. Happy baking!

  3. Can I do through step 8 in the morning, put it in the refrigerator and then bake when I get home from work?

    1. Hi Judi, The best way to prepare it in the morning is to prepare through step 3, then after it has risen, punch it down to release the air, cover it tightly, then place in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When you get home in the evening continue with step 5.

    1. Hi Ellie, Yes you can use them! Just keep them very tightly covered in the refrigerator.

  4. I love this recipe. I decided to make ot with dresh chopped chicken and veggies for a luch\dinner option. I just used a little less everything seasoning. The bead disks were perfectly sturdy with the extra wieght. I cut out the indavidual disks and filled them one at a time so i didn’t have any waste! Thanks for anotjer great amd easy recipe!

  5. This was the first thing I’ve baked from scratch, and it was easy! I would just suggest that you don’t use the oven trick for the second prove. It was so cold in my house I didn’t have a choice. It still tastes amazing though!!

  6. I loved this! I made a few modifications… I had buttermilk I needed to use up so I subbed that for the whole milk, I had Boursin shallot and chive cheese so I mixed that with a block of cream cheese instead of mozzarella, and I rolled the dough into balls like another commenter (I just didn’t want to roll it out on my counter). I topped it off with some everything bagel seasoning I got at the store (Trader Joe’s is the best for it!) All in all this was delicious! It ended up being for dinner and the leftovers will be my lunch today with a fried egg and some avocado on top.

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