I love making Pizza, it can be my quick and easy cheats pizza or it could be a pizza where I have had some time to prepare a pizza dough, they are both super tasty and well received in the Lounge.
In my opinion pizza is best eaten straight out of the oven or straight out of the fridge and if we have guests it means Pizza should be hot from the oven. Sometimes I want the easy snacking option of Pizza with drinks and do not want to prepare a Pizza so instead I prepare a Pizza Pull Apart bread. It looks and smells amazing and is easy to nibble throughout the evening while enjoying a few drinks.
Like almost everything I make this is easy, the dough goes into my bread maker and comes out risen and ready for action. This recipe is however messy to prepare, every time I make it I forget exactly how messy it is. I look at the assembled dough in the pan then look at my hands and the kitchen bench and there is Tomato Sauce, cheese and other random fillings everywhere.
My advice is to embrace the idea of this mess and just assemble this any way you can, keep adding back in all the ingredients that spill out it. Ultimately, the more layers you put into the pan the better the “Pull apart”
I call this a Pizza pull apart because just like a Pizza there is just about any variations of toppings/ fillings that can be used. For this loaf I used finely chopped mushrooms and ham then simply pulled the loaf apart with my hands and left it in the middle of the table for everyone to pull apart and nibble with their drinks.
Pizza Pull Apart Bread
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (1 envelope)
1/3 cup milk
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup water
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup pizza or tomato sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup pizza fillings (meats, mushrooms, capsicums)
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced
- Place 2 cups of the flour with the sugar, salt and yeast into bread machine
- In a small saucepan, combine the milk and 6 tablespoons butter over low heat until melted. Remove the saucepan from the stove and stir in the water and allow to cool then pour the milk mixture over the dry ingredients and start the dough setting.
- Once the paddles start to turn consistently add the eggs, one at a time then add remaining 1/2 cup of flour, the dough should be soft, but still slightly sticky, add more flour if needed. Allow the dough setting to finish.
- Grease a Loaf pan
- Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll it into a rectangle brush with the sauce, sprinkle it with the cheese and top it with other Pizza ingredients of your choosing
- Cut the rectangle into smaller rectangles then lift and stack on top one another, and commence placing the stacks with cut sides down into the loaf pan. Lightly cover the pan with plastic wrap and let it proof for 30 minutes or until it doubles in size.
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- Place the loaf pan into oven and bake it for 15 minutes.
- Stir together the melted butter and minced garlic.
- Remove pan from the oven and brush the top of the loaf with the garlic butter, then return it to the oven to continue baking for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before turning the loaf out onto a serving plate.