We Knead to Bake #1 Pull Apart Bread

January 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm 23 comments

It’s been so long since a post appeared here on My Foodcourt. I have my hands full with many many different things and somehow the posts took a backseat. As far as the cooking is concerned, it has been exactly the opposite. The family has been relishing food from all over the globe! A pasta machine has been bought and we imagined ourselves sitting in a quaint little town in Italy while enjoying and savouring every bite of it :)

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One of the things I had decided (no resolution ) was to bake as many breads as possible.I even spent one evening showing one of my friends how to make basic bread rolls. Then I saw Aparna’s post on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to bake a bread-a-month with her. Baking is good..but baking together is best . I needed the motivation to post here as well as bake  and Baking bread together with so many bread bakers seemed the perfect opportunity.

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It has been almost freezing cold here for the past many days. So the yeast needed lots of coaxing to get to work . I preheated my oven to 40 deg and left the yeasted dough to rise in it which seemed to help.

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The first bread that Aparna chose was an egg free Pull apart bread.I followed the basic recipe that she had mailed everyone ; I went with some middle eastern flavours- Olives,Feta and Zaatar

Here’s the recipe for the Pull apart bread:


 For the Dough:

1/2 cup warm milk

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp active dry yeast

2 3/4 to 3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

25gm butter, soft at room temperature

3/4 to 1 tsp garlic paste, I used powder

3/4 cup milk (+ a couple of tbsp to brush over the bread)

For the Filling:

15 to 20gm melted butter

3 tsp Zaatar

1 tsp crushed cumin seeds

Red chilli flakes to taste

1/2 cup crumbled Feta

Handful of Chopped black olives


In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar and the yeast in the 1/2 cup of warm milk. Keep aside for about 5 minutes till the yeast mixture bubbles up.

Put 2 3/4 cup of flour, salt, softened butter, and garlic powder in the food processor bowl (or a large bowl) and pulse a couple of times to mix. Then add the yeast mixture and the 3/4 cup of milk and knead till you have a soft, smooth and elastic/ pliable dough which is not sticky. Add a little extra flour if your dough is sticking, but only just as much as is necessary.

Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a well-oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat it completely with oil. Cover and let it rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or unti lalmost double in volume.

Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Deflate the dough, shape it into a square and roll the dough out into a larger square that is about 12’ by 12”. Brush the surface of the square with the melted butter.

Evenly sprinkle the zaatar mix, chilliflakes and the cumin seeds and then the crumbled Feta cheese.Sprinkle the chopped olives. Use a rolling pin to very lightly press the topping into the dough to ensure the topping doesn’t fall off when you are stacking the strips .

Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough from top to bottom into 6 long and even strips . Lay each strip on top of the next, with the topping facing upwards, until you have a stack of the strips.

You can put the 2 strips cut from the sides in the middle of the stack so it looks neater. Using a pastry scraper or a sharp knife, cut straight down through the stack dividing it into 6 equal pieces (6 square stacks).

Grease and lightly flour a 9” by 4” (or 5”) loaf tin. Layer the square slices, cut sides down into the loaf tin .

Cover the loaf tin dough with a towel and allow the dough to rise for an hour. Lightly brush some milk over the top of the loaf .

Bake the dough at 180C (350F) for about 30 to 40 (mine took around 45 mins) minutes until it is done and the top is golden brown.

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You can see all the many different flavours for this Pull apart bread on Aparna’s post here.

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Once again thank you Aparna for the initiative and motivation as you always do.

(There seems to be some issue with the server on the new blog my-foodcourt.com. Since the posting deadline is today I am posting here and update on the new blog later.)

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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. chatkhor  |  January 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    love the clean corners… and one more interesting filling.. i have to go check what is this zaatar…

    • 2. My foodcourt  |  January 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Thanks. Zaatar is a spice mix popularly used in middle eastern cuisine. A friend got it for me from Dubai.

  • 3. Spiceroots  |  January 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Olives, feta, zaatar = Thud! I died and went to heaven! fab idea for a filling.

  • 5. lataraja  |  January 24, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I have seen few of the others using Zataar too. That is on my mind to bake the next time I have an opportunity to bake this one. I enjoyed the whole exercise along with all of you.

    • 6. My foodcourt  |  January 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Same here Lata, also I think I work better with deadlines :) I am sure you will be addicted to Zaatar like me :)

  • 7. Finla  |  January 25, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Love the olives in them and bread looks so good too.

  • 9. Sangeetha  |  January 25, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Bread looks delicious n loved the addition of black olives, my kids’ fav :)

  • 11. justagirlfromaamchimumbai  |  January 25, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Love the way you have made this Bread. So delicious and flavorsome :) Have to try Zatar. Have never heard of it before.

    • 12. My foodcourt  |  January 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thanks.I am sure you will love the flavours

  • 14. Divya Kudua  |  January 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Love the olives peeping from the bread-looks great!

  • 16. Kavi | Foodomania  |  January 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Olives in bread!! aaah heaven! :D Love the pics!

  • 18. Anusha  |  January 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I have a fetish for cheese. In my opinion cheese is the best thing that God made. And feta wins over anything

  • 19. Jayanthi  |  January 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

    My god….olive and feta? Looks so so good!

  • 20. Amrita  |  February 1, 2013 at 1:05 am

    love the bread and zataar is so new for me

  • 21. Aparna Balasubramanian  |  February 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Feta and loives sounds very tempting. Lovely bread and nice layers.

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