Rosemary Garlic Pull Apart Bread

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.

garlic pull apart bread on cutting board

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.

the buttery cheesy center of pull apart bread

garlic rosemary pull apart bread

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.

  1. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces.
  2. Flatten into 4-inch circles. They don’t need to be perfect.
  3. Spread garlic herb butter on top. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. 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.

Platinum Yeast by Red Star in bowl with open packet next to it

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.

risen dough in glass bowl then another photo of dough on counter

Flatten the dough rounds and spread each with garlic herb butter.

butter filling in bowl and on round piece of dough

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.

side by side photo of butter and cheese filling on dough then dough folded up

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.

dough rounds lined in loaf baking pan

Allow to rise until puffy, then bake until golden brown.

side by side photo of pull apart bread before baking and after baking

close-up photo of garlic rosemary pull apart bread loaf

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. And if you’re craving sugar, this homemade monkey bread is equally mouthwatering and perfectly acceptable for breakfast. 😉

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Rosemary Garlic Pull Apart Bread

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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.


Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 teaspoons Platinum Yeast by Red Star*
  • 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
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 2 teaspoons dried)

Filling

  • 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)

Optional Topping

  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • flaky/coarse sea salt for sprinkling

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 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.
  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 in the next step and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and allow to rise once again in a slightly warm environment until puffy, about 45 minutes.
  8. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position then preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  9. 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.
  10. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan and serve warm.
  11. 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.

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 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.)
  2. Yeast: I always use Platinum Yeast by 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

garlic rosemary pull apart bread loaf

262 Comments

  1. Hi Sally

    Would fresh thyme work here in place of the rosemary ? Same amount ?

    With thanks Nancy

    1. Absolutely. And yes, I would use the same amount.

  2. Cathy Gardner says:

    I am going to bake this right away … is it OK to substitute bread flour? I have Red Star active dry yeast.

    Thank you for the helpful photographs and details with all of your recipes!

    1. Yes, absolutely. Use the same amount of bread flour.

  3. Do you think that I can do the second rise, step 7, overnight in the fridge, bring to room temperature the next day and then bake? Thank you!

    1. It’s best to do this for the 1st rise (details in the make ahead instructions). It should be fine for the 2nd rise, though.

  4. Can a non-dairy product be substituted- ie/ rice milk or coconut milk? This looks delish!

    1. I haven’t tested it, but I can’t see why not.

    2. SherryinChicago says:

      I used almond milk and it worked fine.

    3. I used almond milk on mine and worked out great!

  5. I have a family member that doesn’t like rosemary.. is it possible to just leave that out or would it be missing too much flavor?

    1. Hi Shelby, you can leave it out or replace with dry Italian seasoning, more parsley, or thyme.

  6. Hi Sally! Yesterday my son was telling me how much he loves garlic bread…..did he call you and ask to post a recipe???!!!!! This looks so good, and I’m going to make it tonight. BTW, that Brownie cookie recipe? We love it, and I had some leftover cookie dough. Was too lazy to roll out the rest of it, so I plopped it in a small silicon mold, and it was such a chewy, fudgy, out of this world delight. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season, and you take some time to relax!

    1. Hi Lisa, I’m glad you enjoyed my new Brownie Cookies recipe, and I hope this one is a big hit, too. Thanks for reporting back!

  7. Could the dough be made in a bread machine?

    1. Hi Kelly, I haven’t tested it but I can’t see why not.

    2. I just made it in a bread machine (just keep the yeast separate from the initial two steps if your machine has its own container for that). Worked great and tasted amazing!

      1. Kelly Maschmeyer says:

        Thanks for the update! I’m definitely going to try it!

  8. Could I use half and half instead of milk?

    1. Hi Mariah, no I don’t recommend it. Half and half is too heavy. You can use water instead if needed.

  9. I have never even attempted to bake bread from scratch. Is this a good recipe to start with?

    1. Yes, absolutely. Assembling is pretty simple, even for a beginner. I also have this artisan bread recipe. It looks fancy, but couldn’t be easier to make. Also great for beginners.

  10. Do you think I could add bacon bits to the filling?

    1. Definitely! You could sprinkle them on top of the cheese.

      1. Excellent, thank you! Would you recommend pre-cooking them?

  11. Hi Sally! Is there any way to make this sugar free? Or is it necessary for the yeast?

    1. Hi Ryan, the sugar feeds the yeast. It is necessary for this dough.

  12. Hi Sally! Can I use an all-purpose whole wheat flour instead? Thanks!

    1. Hi Lindsey, see recipe note about whole wheat flour.

  13. Hi Sally!

    Thanks for the new recipe! Can’t wait to try it out!
    Couple questions :
    1. If I don’t have a load pan, could I bake this on a cookie sheet or would it spread too much?
    2. I have shredded mozzarella at home, but obviously it has more moisture than shredded parmesan. Should I stick to parmesan or would it not matter?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Shuba, I’m glad to help. I recommend a loaf pan– you do not want to bake this on a baking sheet without proper support and, well, confinement for your bread! I’m sure you could arrange the bread in a cake or square pan though. Shredded mozzarella is OK since you’re using only a little between the dough pieces. The bread may take a bit longer to bake though.

      1. Thank you for taking the time to respond! I’ll try it out in my 9×9 and let you know how it goes.

  14. This looks OMG unbelievably amazing.

  15. Would this recipe work with gluten free flour?

    1. Hi Heidi, I’m unsure. Let me know if you test anything.

  16. What size loaf pan should be used?

    1. It’s hard to spot, but see step 4. 9×5 inch is best.

      1. Oh man. I scoured the recipe for the pan size and totally missed it. Thank you for the quick response as the dough is currently rising! Can’t wait to try this. It smells fantastic already!

  17. Kathleen Reidy says:

    Hi Sally! Cannot wait to make this for our Christmas dinner. Your recipe recommends Red Star Platinum yeast. I have Red Star Quick Rise Instant Yeast. Will that be ok or should I run back to the store?

    1. Hi Kathleen, you can use quick rise yeast– it’s an instant yeast just like Platinum. Follow the directions as written. No changes!

  18. I made garlic confit and I am going to use that. It is very mellow. This recipe sounds absolutely wonderful. I will let you know what my family thinks.
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Nice tender bread with lots of flavor.

  20. We only have 2% milk — is it ok to use 2% instead of whole milk with this recipe?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Christine 2% milk will work in a pinch. Hope you love this one!

  21. I just made this today, it came out a little hallow and hard and not fluffy inside. Did I not leave the dough to rise enough during the second rise? It was almost an hr. I did use bread flour instead of all purpose. And yellow cheddar for the cheese. I don’t know if thats a reason.

    1. Hi Jessica, it doesn’t sound like it was the type of cheese you used or the bread flour. This bread isn’t fluffy like sandwich bread– just due to the shape and the butter/cheese stuffed inside. But it shouldn’t be hard. I wonder if it was over-baked?

  22. I’m allergic to eggs. Can you recommend a substitute for the egg in the recipe? If I skip it, will it just be a denser bread?

    1. Hi Rachelle, though I haven’t tested this, I’m sure you can leave out the egg. The bread won’t taste as rich. I recommend adding another 2 Tablespoons of milk.

    2. I used a flax egg for this recipe, came out perfect!

  23. I was wondering if I could make a sweet version of this. Maybe with apples and raisins as stuffing? My man doesn’t like cheese. 🙁

    1. Absolutely. You could spread softened butter on the rounds and sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar blend and raisins. Maybe even some orange zest too. This monkey bread is also a fun idea.

      1. Thank you for the reply and the recipe suggestion. Will definitely try something along these lines.

  24. Do you think I could try this with chives instead of rosemary? Looks fantastic!

    1. I can’t see why not! Let me know how you like it.

  25. Would it be ok to use a ceramic loaf pan instead of aluminum as pictured for this recipe? Going to try this to go with our Christmas Eve beef stew!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, you can use a ceramic loaf pan but keep in mind that ceramic is typically thicker and takes longer to heat. The bread will require a slightly extended bake time.

  26. Ahmazing! Just finished making this and it’s incredibly delicious! And so eady to make! I doubled the recipe, as we are a household of garlic bread fanatics! I used a mix of dried Italian herbs, no fresh rosemary on hand, and a mix of parm and pecorino cheese. Made one loaf as you describe and the other half of the dough went into a popover pan and turned into 6 popover sized…well, garlicky “muffins”! I used 2 slices of dough per cup, and they filled up the cups beautifully after the second proof!
    The bread is so soft on the inside, not doughy, perfectly crisp crust, just perfect! A major keeper! Thank you!

    1. Those sound amazing, Mona – thank you for giving this recipe a try!

  27. Carol Indrisie says:

    Oh my amazing. I made this today . Came out perfect. I made with the dry herbs, nothing was available. Thank you Sally.

  28. Tanya Gottesburen says:

    Hi Sally, can you specify rise times if instant yeast isn’t on hand? I only have regular. Love all your recipes & can’t wait to try this one, thank you!

    1. Hi Tanya, the rise time will likely be another 30 minutes for the 1st and I’d say 15 minutes for the 2nd. But don’t go by the clock– use your eyes instead. Once the dough has doubled in size for rise 1 and until it’s puffy (see the photo above) for rise 2.

  29. Hi Sally. Can I use fresh garlic instead of the garlic powder? If so, how much?
    Thanks so much & Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Carol, fresh garlic yields a slightly wetter dough so you may want another Tablespoon or so of flour. 2-3 minced cloves would be plenty.

  30. Hi Sally, i made this recipe yesterday following instructions step by step and came out perfectly, so delicious, the smell in the kitchen was irresistible, thanks you a lot for sharing with us. There’s no leftovers (btw just me and my husband)

    1. So perfect, I’m glad it was a hit with you and your husband!

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