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Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread (Pull Apart Bread)

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Prepare yourself for the magnificence of Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread – a title that truly captures its essence! This creation is aptly named “crack bread” as it takes traditional garlic bread and elevates it to an irresistible level.

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Imagine a sensational amalgamation of cheesy richness, garlicky goodness, all encased in the form of pull-apart bread. It’s not merely a cheesy garlic bread; it’s a delightful experience that goes beyond the ordinary. This delectable treat is bound to be the undeniable crowd-pleaser at any event where you present it.

A CHEESY PULL APART GARLIC BREAD


“Prepare to redefine your perception of garlic bread…”

If you haven’t indulged in the marvel that is Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread, brace yourself for an irreversible transformation. Traditional garlic bread will never suffice after this encounter. Picture a pull-apart bread, yet with the tantalizing essence of garlic bread magnified by the inclusion of Mozzarella cheese that stretches delightfully as you tear away each morsel.

The flavor is nothing short of mind-blowing. Particularly captivating is the clever diamond-shaped cut of the bread, allowing you to savor bite-sized pieces that are packed with the sublime combination of garlic, butter, and a generous coating of cheese.

“Prepare for children to go wild over this… and adults to regress into childlike delight!”

This creation is a sensation among kids, so heed my cautionary note! As for the adults, their composed demeanor swiftly morphs into that of gleeful children as they dig into this feast. I served this at a dinner gathering, and I must confess, it took a mere 30 seconds and five eager hands to make it disappear entirely!

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHEESY BREAD IN THE WORLD!


Ideal Bread Choice – For the ultimate Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread, the finest choice of bread is crusty sourdough or any other robust, dense variety. However, plain crusty loaves hold their own quite well too.

The preference for sourdough stems from its denser composition, lending itself to maintaining its structure as you tear portions. Nevertheless, let me assure you, opting for different bread types won’t result in any flavor sacrifices! As a matter of fact, in the photograph, I opted for a crusty Vienna loaf simply because it was on special.

Optimal Cheese Selection – My strong recommendation is to utilize mozzarella cheese. Its capacity to stretch and pull as you tear the pieces apart contributes immensely to the experience.

Customizing Flavors – While I’ve chosen a rather straightforward path with garlic bread and cheese, feel free to unleash your creativity with flavor variations! Think ranch dressing, a hint of chili, or a medley of herbs – the opportunities are endless. Once it emerges from the oven, presenting a golden, crispy, and buttery facade, you’re merely at the threshold of a gustatory journey about to unfold…

…and then the feasting commences – that mesmerizing cheese stretch, the luxurious buttery and garlicky bread! Yet, even with all these delights, there’s more to savor…

THE BASE IS THE BEST BIT!!

While the cheese bits that you pull apart understandably draw a frenzy of excitement, my personal preference lies in a different realm – the foundation of the bread. It’s at the bottom that the butter and cheese meld together, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors that bakes into a delightful crispiness…

PULL APART BREAD for parties!


This creation stands as a remarkable centerpiece for a dinner affair, possibly accompanied by a fresh salad to complete the meal. Equally, it excels as an exceptional appetizer or a crowd-pleasing addition to any festive occasion – think game day festivities!

Remarkably, it has claimed the title of the most requested party food among my family and friends. My typical approach involves preparing it at home and then baking it on-site. For those who prefer to plan ahead, consider using softened butter instead of melted butter, generously spreading it within the crevices before filling them with cheese. Wrap it up and bake it upon arrival for serving.

Alternatively, you can even pre-bake it and reheat swiftly in the microwave, especially if you’re using a crusty sourdough loaf. The crust retains its satisfying crispiness, even after a quick reheating in the microwave.

Now, let your culinary enthusiasm flourish! Embrace the delightful journey of crafting this cheesy garlic bread just once, and brace yourself for the chorus of requests to create it again and again and again…

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Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread (Pull Apart Bread)

Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread (Pull Apart Bread)

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Prepare yourself for the magnificence of Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread – a title that truly captures its essence! This creation is aptly named "crack bread" as it takes traditional garlic bread and elevates it to an irresistible level.
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
servings
2
total time
30 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 crusty loaf , preferably sourdough or Vienna

  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese (or other melting cheese)

  • GARLIC BUTTER

  • 100 g / 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter , softened

  • 2 large garlic cloves , minced

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley , finely chopped

Instructions

1
Preheat your Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 180°C (350°F).
2
Prepare the Butter Mixture: In a heatproof bowl, combine the butter, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it until the butter melts. Stir in the chopped parsley.
3
Cut the Bread: Proceed to slice the bread diagonally, creating diamonds that are about 2cm (1 inch) wide. Be cautious not to cut all the way through the bread.
4
Open the Cracks: Utilize either your fingers or a knife to gently separate each crack in the bread. Drizzle approximately a teaspoon of the butter mixture into each crevice, then add a pinch of cheese. While this step might seem a tad intricate, I assure you the effort is rewarded. Precision isn't a must – in fact, a little unevenness with the butter cascading over the crust adds charm.
5
Brush with Butter: Employ the remaining butter mixture to brush the surface of the bread.
6
Wrap and Bake: Carefully encase the bread with aluminum foil and bake it for 20 minutes. This duration allows the cheese to mostly melt. Following this, unwrap the foil and continue baking for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. This stage ensures the bread becomes delightfully crispy.
7
Serve Promptly: Once out of the oven, serve the Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread immediately. (Refer to note 1 for optimal make-ahead techniques.)

Notes

Prepare in Advance: Opt for softened butter instead of melted butter, and blend it with minced garlic, salt, and parsley. Thoroughly coat the crevices with this mixture and then stuff them with cheese. Wrap the loaf well and refrigerate or freeze. When ready to cook, ensure you thaw the loaf before following the recipe instructions for baking. For a truly convenient make-ahead option that necessitates only a brief 2-minute microwave reheating, select a crusty sourdough loaf. Execute the recipe, including the unwrapped baking stage. Once baked, wrap the loaf in foil, allow it to cool, and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When serving, merely microwave for 1½ - 2 minutes on high to remelt the cheese. The crust's incredible crispiness endures even after reheating in the microwave due to its initial baking. Choice of Bread: The denser the bread, the more resilient the pieces will be when torn. Sourdough stands as the prime choice for optimal results. Ensure that you use pre-baked bread, not raw dough. "Speedy Tip" Update: A kind reader, CJ, shared a fantastic "SPEEDY" tip that I'm excited to pass on! Instead of melting the butter, cream it. Proceed to cut diagonal slices in one direction only, spreading all the butter generously in each crevice, covering both walls. Then, while cutting the bread to create diamonds, the knife's motion will extend the butter into the newly forming crevices. While this approach might not provide the same uniform butter coverage, it offers a swifter alternative that involves only a minor compromise. Thank you, CJ, for the valuable tip! Nutrition Per Serving: Calculated based on an estimated serving size of 10.
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