Cheesy Pesto Pull-Apart Bread

This is a simple, yet tasty snack to have when you are sitting around watching the football and having a drink.  It’s also a great appetiser to serve to your guests before dinner.

Make your own dough to form the little balls that are easily pulled from the loaf covered in melted cheese and basil pesto.  Once you start pulling it apart, it’s hard to stop.

This is simple to make and you can’t wait to pull it from the oven to eat it while nice and warm.  The only delay in this recipe is the waiting for the dough to rise.

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Cheesy Pesto Pull-Apart Bread
  1. Combine flour, salt and yeast together in a large bowl.
  2. Form a well in the centre and add water and olive oil and stir until the mixture firms and holds together
  3. Remove mixture from bowl and place on to a hard surface dusted with flour and knead dough for about 10 minutes
  4. Grease a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough into the bowl and cover with cling wrap.
  5. Place the bowl into a warm place for about 1 hour to allow the dough to rise.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead for a further 2 minutes, then pull small amounts of dough from the mixture to create even sized balls (approx 18-20.
  7. Place each ball into a bowl filled with basil pesto and fully coat each ball with the pesto mixture.
  8. Place the dough balls into a large cake tin and cover with cling wrap.
  9. Allow the dough to rise for another hour.
  10. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 180°C (fan forced)
  11. Cover the dough balls with the shredded cheese and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and serve warm
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