Starting from a simple rosemary-infused homemade dough, this rosemary garlic pull apart bread is shaped and assembled with butter, garlic, cheese, and herbs. Baked until golden brown and served pull-apart style, this flaky and flavorful bread is completely irresistible. Just wait until you smell it baking! Truly a favorite.
This recipe is brought to you in partnership with Red Star Yeast.
Have you ever tried my everything bagel pull apart bread? It is, without a doubt, one of the best bread recipes to come out of my kitchen. I wanted something equally as snack-y and satisfying for this holiday season, so I swapped in some everyday foolproof ingredients like rosemary, butter, and parmesan cheese.
I don’t think a finished recipe has ever disappeared faster in my house. (And I make chocolate chip cookies on the regular.)
Tell Me About This Rosemary Garlic Pull Apart Bread
- Flavor: Cheesy & garlic, rosemary & herb, salty & buttery– all packed inside the homestyle goodness of from-scratch bread. This recipe has a range of some of the BEST flavors around.
- Texture: In addition to the irresistible flavor, this pull apart bread’s texture is definitely something to write home about. The exterior is golden crisp right out of the oven, sealing in a soft and flaky center. The assembly and shape allows for many little peaks and valleys, so you have a lot more texture than, say, dinner rolls or sandwich bread. I’m happy to report that we’re almost nearing croissants in terms of flakiness. (!!)
- Ease: Many pull apart bread recipes use a loaf of bakery bread from the store and while that’s certainly easy and delicious, this recipe utilizes a 9 ingredient homemade dough. If you’ve ever been nervous to bake bread, this recipe is a great starting point. Shaping is pretty simple– the loaf can look messy going into the oven. If you’re new to baking with yeast, review my Baking with Yeast Guide. Lots of helpful information there!
- Time: There’s no arguing that homemade bread takes time, but the results are always so worth the commitment. Luckily this recipe yields 1 simple loaf and once you get the assembly process down, it moves pretty quickly. Set aside at least 4 hours from start to finish, but keep in mind most of that time is hands off as the dough rises.
Looking for rosemary & herb dinner rolls? You will love these herb skillet rolls.
Video Tutorial: How to Make Rosemary Garlic Pull Apart Bread
Let’s Review the Pull Apart Bread Dough
I don’t want to stand in the way of you and this carb-y perfection, so I’ll try to keep this short. This pull apart bread starts with homemade dough. You need 9 simple ingredients including: yeast, sugar, milk, butter, salt, egg, flour, rosemary and garlic powder. Sugar feeds the yeast, while milk hydrates it and gives the bread a softer texture (as opposed to water). Butter, salt, rosemary, and garlic powder add flavor. Egg contributes to the rising and provides more texture and structure.
- We’re using a superior yeast: Platinum Yeast from Red Star. This is an instant yeast that strengthens the 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. We only need 2 teaspoons of dry yeast which is a little less than 1 standard packet.
How to Assemble Pull Apart Bread
There are a billion ways to make and assemble pull apart bread. I use a rolling pin and biscuit cutter for my everything bagel pull apart bread and while you can definitely use that same method here, I opted for something even easier today. You won’t have leftover dough scraps this way.
- Divide dough into 12 equal pieces.
- Flatten into 4-inch circles. They don’t need to be perfect.
- Spread garlic herb butter on top. Sprinkle with cheese.
- Fold the circles in half and arrange upright in the loaf pan.
*You don’t need a rolling pin, but you could certainly use one if you want.
Pull Apart Bread Step by Step Photos
When you get started, use these helpful photos as your guide.
After the dough rises, punch it down and divide into 12 pieces.
Flatten the dough rounds and spread each with garlic herb butter.
Sprinkle with cheese and fold in half to resemble a taco.
Note: I love cheesy bread, but I appreciate that it doesn’t overpower the rosemary in this recipe. If you’re looking for a heavier cheesy flavor, you will love my homemade cheese bread.
Why fold the circles in half? Folding the dough circles in half gives the bread a solid base where no butter/cheese can seep through. I had so much trouble with a similar recipe when I tried to arrange buttered squares of dough in a loaf pan. The butter leaked everywhere and the bread was a greasy mess. While some butter melts around the sides here, the bread’s base is pretty solid.
Line folded circles in a greased loaf pan.
Allow to rise until puffy, then bake until golden brown.
This bread fits the bill for a snack, appetizer, or alongside dinner. You can slice the loaf or tear off pieces. Whenever or however you serve it, I’m confident every lucky taste tester will beg for seconds. If you love the garlic and herb butter flavors in this recipe, try these pizza pull apart rolls next. And if you’re craving sugar, this homemade monkey bread is equally mouthwatering and perfectly acceptable for breakfast. 😉Print
Rosemary Garlic Pull Apart Bread
- Prep Time: 3 hours
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours
- Yield: 1 loaf
- Category: Bread
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Make a flavorful pull apart bread using this delicious rosemary-infused yeasted dough. You can use your favorite cheese in the filling. I love and usually use shredded parmesan.
- 2 teaspoons Platinum Yeast from Red Star*
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup (180ml) whole milk
- 3 Tablespoons (45g) unsalted 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
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 2 teaspoons dried)
- 5 Tablespoons (75g) unsalted butter, extra soft (see note)
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 2 teaspoons dried)
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (95g) shredded parmesan, mozzarella, or white cheddar cheese (or your favorite shredded cheese)
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- flaky/coarse sea salt for sprinkling
- 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.
- If you do not have a mixer, you can mix the dough together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula in this step. Add the butter, egg, flour, salt, garlic powder, and rosemary. 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.
- 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.)
- As the dough rises, prepare the filling in the next step and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
- Make the filling: In a medium bowl, mix the soft butter, rosemary, parsley, garlic, and salt together. If the butter is soft enough, you can just mix it all together with a spoon or fork. You can use an electric mixer if that’s easier too. 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 pieces.)
- Assemble the bread: Punch down the dough to release the air. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface. Divide it into 12 equal pieces, each about 1/4 cup of dough and a little larger than a golf ball. Using lightly floured hands, flatten each into a circle that’s about 4 inches in diameter. The circle doesn’t have to be perfectly round. I do not use a rolling pan to flatten, but you certainly can if you want. Spread 1-2 teaspoons of filling mixture onto each. Sprinkle each with 1 Tablespoon of cheese. Fold circles in half and line in prepared baking pan, round side up. See photos above for a visual.
- Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and allow to rise once again in a slightly warm environment until puffy, about 45 minutes.
- Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position then preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
- Bake until golden brown, about 50 minutes. If you find the top of the loaf is browning too quickly, tent with aluminum foil. (Don’t be alarmed if there’s melted butter around the sides of the bread as it bakes, it will seep into the bread before it finishes.) Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack. If desired, brush with melted butter for topping and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan and serve warm.
- Cover and store leftovers at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Since the bread is extra crispy on the exterior, it will become a little hard after day 1. Reheat in a 300°F (149°C) oven for 10-15 minutes until interior is soft again or warm in the microwave.
- 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 4. To freeze the dough, prepare it through step 3. After it has risen, punch it down to release the 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 4. (You may need to punch it down again if it has some air bubbles.)
- Yeast: I always use Platinum Yeast from Red Star, 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.
- Flour: Feel free to use the same amount of bread flour instead of all-purpose flour. You can also try swapping out 1 cup of flour for whole wheat flour. Do not replace all of the flour with whole wheat flour– just 1 cup.
- Extra Soft Butter for Filling: Have you ever read my page about room temperature butter? Room temperature butter for baking should still be cool to the touch. You want room temperature butter for the dough. However, for the filling, you want extra soft butter so you can easily spread it onto the flattened dough without tearing the dough. Feel free to microwave it for 10-15 seconds to help it get extra soft.
Keywords: pull apart bread, garlic bread
Reader Comments & Reviews
I will use bread maker for the dough up to the point of doing the filling
most of your recipe’s I love! But this is the second time I made a recipe that has garlic in it’s name and it was not that garlicky. I even added more minced garlic. I also wish the crust was softer like a French Bread. My bread turned out exactly like the picture provided. This bread was not worth the time for me. I did just add the shredded cheese to the filling mixture which save me a little time so since did not have to sprinkle it all the pieces of dough.
This recipe looks delicious. Just for a reference, how many serving sizes would you suggest this recipe makes? Planning to make for a dinner so really want to know. Thank you
Hi Rmuj, it really depends on whether you plan to serve as slices (and how large) or more as an appetizer where people can take as they please. You should be able to get about 6-8 slices if you go that route.
Hi! I really love this recipe, I have made it two times and it has tasted amazing.
I was just wondering, would it be possible to sub half the flour with another flour such as wheat flour, barley flour, or sorghum flour? Are there any changes I should make to the rest of the recipe to accommodate these changes?
Thanks you so much!
Hi Lydia, see recipe note about whole wheat flour.
can I use 2% milk instead of whole milk or buttermilk?
Hi France, you can use 2% milk in a pinch.
This was delicious and so incredibly simple to make. I substituted oat milk and Smart Balance butter and it turned out fantastic. Be warned that it is VERY garlic-heavy—I’m a big fan of garlic and routinely put a whole head of it in one dish and this bread was still strong enough that I’ll probably dial it back a bit next time.
Excellent recipe! It’s very versatile too when it comes to flavours. I didn’t have rosemary on hand, but I had dried oregano and that still worked great. I also tried blending in a couple spoons of homemade pesto into the butter before spreading on the little dough circles and wow! That was great. I also tried parmesan cheese and that was great too! I love that this works with whatever I have on hand. Thanks Sally!
The bread was fun to shape and pretty easy to make but my husband thought it was too garlicky. I used garlic powder in the dough and crushed garlic in the filling. I did use one rather large clove.
Been looking for nice bread recipes to make so that my mum has something easy to bring into work for lunch. This is super delicious and my mum loves it too! We have a pretty fierce oven so I kept foil over the loaf for the first 30 minutes of cooking, and then took it off for the last 10 minutes (was ready at 40mins, rather than 50) so just be mindful of checking on it if you’ve got a particularly strong oven! Thanks for the delicious recipe 🙂
Love all your bread recipes! Can I make this one similar to the cheese bread loaf with rolled as a log and cut lengthwise and twisted? Wondering if that process will work on this garlic bread. Thank you !!
Hi Barbara! That shouldn’t be a problem at all. Let me know if you try it.
A friend brought this to my house, wonderful. In a pinch could I use frozen bread dough?
Hi Diane, I don’t see why not – let us know if you give it a try!
Made this today (left out garlic) and it was delicious. Easy recipe. We had homemade chicken soup and bread.
I have a gluten-free all purpose flour mix that I typically use as a substitute for regular flour. Will it work for this?
The ingredient list is sweet, brown rice, flour, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, arrowroot flour, sorghum flour, xanthan gum
Hi Heather, we haven’t tested this recipe with gluten free flour, so we’re unsure of the results. Although some readers report using an all-purpose 1:1 gluten-free flour in many of our recipes with success, you should expect slightly different results anytime you substitute ingredients.
Can this recipe be doubled? Thx 🙂
Hi Del, it’s best to make two separate batches of dough for this recipe. Doubling could overwhelm your mixer, or you may easily under or over-work it.
Just made this today for guests! It looks wonderful!
Made this bread this morning..it is a keeper recipe! Delious, bet pesto would be good too.
I doubled this recipe and made 2 loaves for a potluck and there is not a crumb left! Everyone raved about this bread and went back for seconds and thirds! It was beautiful and delicious! I accidentally added my cheese into the butter mixture, but it was not a problem at all. Such a great recipe, thank you so much for sharing. I will most certainly be making this again very soon.
Question! I have a small tub of ‘active dry yeast mix’, it looks like a powder. Can I use this? If so, would it be the same tsp. ?
Hi Annalee, is it a sourdough starter yeast mix? It should be fine to use here.
Hi Sally, would this recipe work without eggs? I went to make the recipe and realised I had no eggs! Can I substitute the egg with something else?
Hi Markus, We don’t recommend skipping the egg. You could try an egg substitute but we haven’t tested any. Let us know how it goes!
Absolutely love this! For those who try to bake it at altitude, I needed to make the following adjustments:
-only 3/4 tsp yeast instead of 1 tsp.
– extra egg
– second rise.
I am trying to make an extra big batch . Do you think it would work to double the recipe and then bake in a 12 inch cast iron skillet?
Hi Keegan! We always recommend making two separate batches of dough for best results.
I doubled the recipe tonight with no issues. Two beautiful loaves!
hello sally, erm! where do i start!!! I am in England and have recommended your website to sooo many people the last 2 years! Please, do you have a recipe book? These breads are honestly unbelievable that you make and all simple and easy but so delicious… thanks x
Hi Courtney! Thank you so much for your sweet note. We appreciate you making and trusting our recipes! You can find out more about Sally’s three cookbooks here. She’s actually working on her fourth cookbook now, too! Thank you again for all the support.
Can this recipe be baked ahead of time and just reheated when ready to eat?
Hi Bekah, yes, that works! But since the bread is extra crispy on the exterior, it will become a little hard after day 1. Reheat in a 300°F (149°C) oven for 10-15 minutes until interior is soft again or warm in the microwave.
Can the cheese be omitted or would it ruin the texture?
Hi Kate, you can simply omit the cheese.
I made this recipe exactly and it came out well. I left it in the final rise a little bit too long, and it was starting to creep up over the pan edges. I baked according to the recipe, but when I removed it, it was all fused together as a regular loaf. Not at all pull apart. But it was tender and delicious. Dish I do anything wrong? Gary
Could this just be rolled into rounds or small balls & then baked on a sheet pan instead?
Hi Sandra, we recommend a loaf pan– you do not want to bake this on a baking sheet without proper support and, well, confinement for your bread! We’re sure you could arrange the bread in a cake or square pan though. Bake time should be about the same, but keep a close eye on it.
I made this recipe for a Friendsgiving and it was a hit. I got compliments from everyone! It was so good.
This is a GREAT recipe and smells amazing thank you for sharing it