Monday, March 24, 2014

ham & cheddar pull-apart bread


Oh, y'all. This bread is a thing to behold. I spotted this recipe a few weeks ago on Erika's blog. You know Erika. She made you some pulled pork a while back. 

I was actually in the mood to make some biscuits, which explains why I was perusing this lady's recipe archives. But when I stumbled upon this recipe for savory, cheesy pull-apart bread, it was just begging to be made.

Oh man. This stuff is so good. Like, you'll want people around right when it comes out of the oven so you don't eat the whole thing yourself good. It's tangy, smoky, and just a little bit spicy. It's perfection.

The pull-aparty goodness of this is best when the bread is fresh and warm, but the flavor is maybe even better the next day, when a thick, toasty slice of this will make you feel like all is right in the world.


Ham & Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread (from Southern Souffle)
yields one 9x5 loaf

you'll need:
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons sugar
3 1/2 all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped ham

Whisk together the yeast and water in a large bowl. Allow to sit 5-10 minutes, until the yeast is active and foamy. Add olive oil, salt, sugar, and flour, and stir with a wooden spoon. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough until elastic. Transfer to a lightly oiled large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm place to rise for one hour.

Just before the dough is done, make the filling: mix the melted butter, mustard, Worcestershire, hot sauce, paprika, and black pepper in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the cheddar and ham.

Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with butter. On a floured surface, roll dough out to a 12x20 inch rectangle. Brush the mustard mixture evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Slice the dough vertically into 5 strips.

Spread 1/4 of the ham mixture over one strip, then top with the next strip. Repeat this process with the remaining strips. (The last strip will not be topped with the ham mixture.)

Use a sharp knife to cut the bread into 8 segments. Stack each segment in the loaf pan (see above for how it should look in the pan). Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 30 minutes.

Once bread has had its second rise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until beginning to brown on top. Enjoy, and try to share with others. Or don't. That's okay too.

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32 comments:

  1. Oh my Geee, it's an Everything-I-love-loaf. It's my bed time and I thought I was done eating for the day, but your pictures have made me hungry again... But then, when am I ever done eating?

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    1. This would make the perfect midnight snack...

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  2. Yum! I'd probably hoard the whole bread for myself... =)

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  3. I'm soooo glad you liked it.. and I've eaten a whole loaf by myself on several occasions, so don't feel bad.. Thanks for the love my dear! xo

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    1. Thank YOU for this amazing recipe! xoxo

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  4. YUM, love pull-apart bread...best part is there seems to be so much flavor in EVERY bite :) Combination of flavors look awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was my first time making pull apart bread, but definitely not my last! Thanks Kelly!

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  5. The title itself is enough to sell me on this. Looks seriously amazing.

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  6. Woah! This looks amazing! Just wish I has some NOW!

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    1. Thanks Sophia! Wish I could send you some!

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  7. This has everything I love. And it's a pull apart, and it's from Erika. Love it Marie!

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    1. Isn't she the best?! Thank you, Maria!!

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  8. This looks incredible. Can't go wrong with the classic pairing of ham and cheese!

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  9. Yum! I just adore bread with cheese, looks amazing!

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    1. Carbs + cheese = heaven! Thanks Cheri!

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  10. pull apart bread is one of my favorites..once this whole 30 is over, i could see a lot of bread happening :P

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  11. Oh HELLO there, new bread love of my life. This looks scrumptious (not that I'm surprised if it's inspired by Erika)!

    stephanie @ girl versus dough

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  12. I'll take the whole entire loaf please.......

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    1. Trust me, this is not an easy one to share :)

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  13. This might just have to be breakfast. And I'm home alone. Someone help me with the bread! It looks amazing!!

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    1. It would be the perfect breakfast to keep all to yourself! :)

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