Mozzarella and ham pizza pull apart bread

Don't mind the rat hole ! 

I've been thinking of making pesto for months now ....

Either make it - too cheap to buy real Parmesan cheese - or buy it - haven't seen any pesto in the supermarket near our area yet .....

I guess , I'll start growing basil first - hopefully it won't die just like my 2 pots of mint ! tsk tsk 

Why I'm rambling about pesto ?! 

Because the recipe that I used in this bake calls  for both pesto and Parmesan cheese .....

I have some cheddar - a staple in our fridge - and some mozzarella that's getting moldy , these two cheese are another excuse for me not to buy the expensive Parmesan heh ! 

I'm planning to make the pull apart bread that I've seen from KitchenAid's Facebook link but this book has some simple and easy recipes that a newbie bread baker just like me needs ! :D 

I was quiet hesitant at first to add too much filling in this bread just in case it won't rise properly ! 

Hey ! I'm new to this bread baking business ! lol 

What can I say ?! I've oohed and aahed as the bread rose beautifully as it bakes ! 

And the smell ! Have you passed at the Pizza Hut lately ?!

This bread has a soft yet chewy ( especially the top crust ) texture and best eaten warm but still really good at room temperature . If there are some leftovers , cut in half and toast it in the skillet or nonstick pan to have a crunchy pizza bread treat !

I used an 8-inch square pan and cut the dough into 12 but the 9 rolls were huge so I put the 3 small ones in the muffin liners . Oh ! I've already eaten one piece ! lol 

Pesto parmesan pull apart  , recipe from The Big Book of Bread

Makes 16

My modification in red

450 grams plain white flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsps easy blend dried yeast ( I used Saf red instant yeast )
1 tsp caster sugar
about 300 ml warm water
3 tablespoons green pesto sauce ( 3 tbsps pasta sauce ) 
40 grams fresh Parmesan cheese ( 120 grams mozzarella )
90 grams ham , chopped 
a handful of cilantro , chopped 
beaten egg , to glaze

* Grease a deep 23 cm ( 9-inch) round cake tin and set aside . Sift flour and salt into a bowl then stir in the yeast and sugar . Mix in enough water to form a soft dough .
* Turn the dough into a floured surface and knead until smooth , about 10 minutes . Shape into a round , then place in an oiled bowl , cover and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size .
* Knock back the dough on a floured surface , then roll out to form a 40 x 28 cm ( 16 x 11-inch ) rectangle . Spread the pesto sauce over the dough , then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese .
* Starting on the long side , roll up dough fairly tightly like a Swiss roll . Cut into 16 even slices , then place the rolls , cut-side up , in a circular pattern in the cake tin . Cover and leave to rise again for about 30 minutes or until double in size .
* Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F . Brush the spirals with beaten egg , then bake for 30-35 minutes or until deep golden brown . Cool slightly in the tin , then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely . Pull the rolls apart to serve . Serve warm or cold .  


  1. Perfect pull-apart! Looks so good with the ham and cheese filling! This would be lovely for a satisfying breakfast and tea-time snack! Great bake, Anne!
    My book is collecting dust on my shelf, have seen your two fabulous bakes from this book, it's time I start to look into it again! :)

    1. Joyce , I kept eyeing the bread machine recipes in the book ! They sounds really good as well *sigh* Somebody's still wishing for a bread maker ! lol

  2. What a gorgeous, delectable bread! My family would love this, Anne!!! And I think I have about 3 tablespoons of leftover pesto in my freezer :)

  3. Oh, Anne, this look absolutely delicious and tempting! i like this kind of savoury bread and perfect for a light lunch too.

  4. Ooooo and ahhhhhh, can I have half a loaf please? Actually today I just bought basil, gonan try and plant it so I can make pesto too;)

  5. Oh wow, looks so delicious! I could have this pull a part for dinner! Looks like a meal in itself...

  6. Just mouthwatering....looks delicious!

  7. of course this would taste wonderful!

  8. WOW! This looks awesome. I'd love to have this for my morning breakfast. :)

  9. You're making Pizza Hut very nervous Anne ;-D

    1. Annie , Anne 's pizza , where your order takes months to arrive ?! nyahahahahha

  10. Hi Anne, pssttt... pass me 2 pieces. LOL

    Your pull apart look so good, very soft and fluffy. Yum yum Well done!
    Have a nice week ahead.

    1. Amelia , ayahhhhhh ! No more lah ! A greedy pig ate it all tsk tsk lol

  11. i dont think you shld call yourself a newbie anymore ...look at these, they are really gorgeous and delicious! whether it's a pull apart or pizza bread, im going to be a greedy pig today and take away the whole tray!

  12. They must have tasted really good with so much filling! A roll up pizza :)

  13. wow! This is so deliciously tempting! You call yourself a newbie??? My goodness Anne, this looks like a work of a pro!

  14. Hi Anne,

    I got to warn you something... Bread baking can be super addictive! LOL! Your pizza pull apart bread looks gorgeous! After baking these, you will be baking more and more bread...

    Newbie? Definitely NOT! Your baking is always first class :D

    Sad to hear that your mint die... What happen?


    1. Zoe , really really addictive and you can relate ! lol re my mint , maybe the roots were rotten already even before I bought it :P Or maybe I'm not really good with plants *sigh* :D

  15. Wow, pesto AND Parmesan cheese? You really do know how to make me drool :)

  16. Wow Anne, you definitely dun look like a newbie to bread baking. Keep them coming....

  17. mozarella and ham! this sounds marvelous! i love, love your new blog look! also, this is my first year successfully growing pesto. it's pretty amazing to have it right there for use, but the stuff is finicky!


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