Mediterranean pull apart bread

Yesterday I prepared my first pull apart bread and it turned out pretty well!
The most complicated part was figuring out how to make the bread part of the bread. Some recipe call for buisquits dough, some for frozen rolls, some for soda bread… I wasn’t sure what to do, but in the end I decided to make some regular bread using dry yeast and then make it a pull apart bread by adding some sort of filling.

Mediterranean pull apart bread

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 14 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • For the bread
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt
  • For the filling
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 onion
  • 4-5 dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp grated pecorino
  • EVOO

Directions

  1. First I prepared the bread. I started by dissolving the yeast in 1 cup warm water. I added the sugar to help the yeast activate and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile I put the flour with the salt in a bowl and I prepared the Mediterranean filling for the bread. I blended all the ingredient except for the cheese and then cooked the mixture briefly in a pan.
  2. I went back to my bread and mixed the yeast to the flour adding as much flour and water as needed to get a smooth and non sticky dough. I then rolled the dough in a narrow but long strip, making it only an 1/2 inch or so thick.
  3. I distributed the filling all over the dough and then I grated the cheese over the tomato mixture. I then cut it in several rectangles which I stacked in a little pile. I finally cut all of the rectangles in half length wise and again stacked the two little piles and then put everything in a loaf pan. I covered the pan with plastic wrap and let the dough rest and raise for about 3 hours.
  4. Finally I cooked the loaf in a 400F oven for about 45 minutes. As usual I decided it was ready when the wonderful smell of bread started filling the room.

On a different note… It’s the end of the month again and I am taking part in Nancy’sYour Best Recipe Roundup over at Spicie Foodie! For May I chose my Rhubarb and Banana Jam.Come check out the awesome posts listed in this month’s roundup