By contributing writer Beth
We have a rosemary bush in our front yard, and I just love to brush past it. It always smells like “yum” to me. As a result, I enjoy finding easy and delicious ways to cook with rosemary.
This rosemary pull-apart bread is great for serving because you don’t have to slice perfectly. This is great since I’m pretty much terrible at making clean, even bread slices. I think it’s because I just can’t wait long enough to let it cool off. Well with this pull-apart bread, you only have a to wait long enough to place the free form loaf on the table before you tear in.
Notes: You could probably leave out the thyme and basil, but I wouldn’t. They offer a very light reminder of their presence that never competes with the rosemary and only brings out the fullest flavor of the yeasty bread.
Rosemary Pull-Apart Bread
For the Dough
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- pinch of dried basil
- pinch of dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 2 ½ cups bread flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons yeast
For the Topping
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup Parmesan grated
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- Warm the olive oil and milk in a saucepan over very low heat until the liquid reaches 100 degrees. Remove from heat and place in mixer bowl.
- Add salt, sugar, rosemary, basil, thyme, onion powder, and yeast. Blend well.
- Add flour ½ cup at a time and mix until soft dough starts to form. Remove dough from bowl and turn onto floured surface.
- Knead in remaining flour ¼ cup at a time until dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
- Place dough in a well-oiled bowl. Cover and let rise in warm spot on counter for 1 hour or until doubled in volume.
- Just before dough is completely risen, oil a 9 inch springform pan.
- To prepare the topping, melt the butter. In a large bowl, combine the butter, Parmesan, and rosemary. Set aside.
- Remove dough from bowl and stretch or roll out to knead out all air bubbles.
- Cut dough into 4 equal chunks, then cut each of those chunks into 8 small cubes. Place these cubes in the butter mixture.
- Toss the dough cubes around in the butter until all are coated. Place cubes in pan.
- Cover again and let rise for 50 minutes.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove cover and bake bread for 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Remove from pan onto a serving plate and enjoy!