[VIDEO]Parmesan & Green Onion Pull-Apart Bread

Soft and fluffy Parmesan and Green Onion Cheese Pull-Apart Bread is definitely going to be a welcome addition in your table. Its is a vertical style pull apart bread with loads of parmesan and green onion it between each slice. This is the kind of bread that you will not be able to say ‘No thanks’. Watch the video to see how I made it.

Today we are going to make another homemade bread. If you are scared in , making a homemade bread is not as scary as it sounds. Definitely it is not as easy as grabbing a loaf bread from a bakery, but I am telling you homemade bread is worth all try wait and effort. I’ve created a short video to help you on your bread making journey, I believe that seeing how it was done is a great start on doing it by yourself. Video is definitely the way to go if you want to start learning how to make s homemade bread. It will show how you the actual process and what to expect after each step. So I hope you will take few minutes to watch the video, and in the end I hope this will convince you to give homemade bread a try. I have plenty more homemade bread recipe in my website that you can choose from, depending on the level of your bread making skill. There something for every level, from simple to elaborate, the choicee is yours. Now let’s get started and make this bread!  

How to  Make Parmesan Pull Apart Bread

Can I Make this Without a Mixer?

Sandwich bread, dinner rolls or No knead Bread can be made using stand mixer or even without the mixer, same goes with this bread. I wouldn’t tell you though that it will be easy, because this dough requires long kneading after you have added the butter. The addition of butter will make the dough wet and sticky to handle, but with patience it is totally doable. The dough will break apart, and it will take quite awhile of kneading before it comes back together. So if you decide to do this manually, be ready for that.

One of my Favorite for Several Reasons

I’ve made quite a lot of bread recipes, small batch, big natch, simple 1 hr rolls,. no knead bread, artisan bread, sandwich bread, dinner rolls, pull-apart bread are just few that I can mention. I love every bread that I make no matter how simple they are, but even more if they look gorgeous as this bread. Did I just call a bread gorgeous? I guess I did. I love the soft texture of this bread, it is light and not dense at all. I love the wonderful flavor, the subtle spring onion taste and the mild cheesy parmesan flavor. I love how beautiful it looks like, something that I am always proud to share with friends and family. For me, making a bread like this taste taste and looks great is always worth the time and effort. I can easily buy bread from bakery, but I cannot proudly say I made them from scratch. making bread from scratch always makes me feel accomplished more than any baked products. So if I am going to choose one baked goods that I would want to specialize and focus, I will choose bread making. It is that worth it.

Tips for a Successful Soft Homemade Bread

  • Liquid Temperature – Yeast grows in temperature between 105 – 110F, so its important to have the water that you are using to “proof” it in this range. If you go lower or higher, the yeast might not proof properly. That means the bread will not rise as much, resulting to a flat and tough bread. 
  • Check Yeast Expiry a Date – you might be wondering how come the bread did not rise when you followed exactly the recipe. Well, first thing first, make sure the yeast is not yet expired. Expired yeast is the common reason for flat and dense bread. If your bread did not expand or rise during the rest period, it is most likely that the yeast is not fresh or the water temperature is too hot or cold.
  • Amount of Yeast – Just because you want a tall bread doesn’t mean you have to put as much yeast in the mixture. Sometimes adding too much yeast can cause the bread to collapse during the rest period. Just imagine putting more air than what is needed in a balloon, the balloon will explode. The same case with bread. 
  • Right Type of Yeast – Make sure to use the right type of yeast for your recipe, and make necessary adjustments if you want to swap one from another. Active dry yeast and instant yeast not a 1:1 ratio. Usually, instant yeast is 25% less than active dry yeast.
    • Rest Period – Yeast bread needs time to rise. There are bread that uses less yeast but requires more rest time, the likes of No Knead Bread or Artisan Bread which usually require 8- 16 hours rest period to get the volume and to develop the flavor. The point is, give it time to rest, don’t touch it just leave it in a warm place. The first rest period will normally tell you if your dough is good or not. If it rise and almost double in size, then your on the right track.  
  • Expiration and Quality of the Flour – The quality of the flour greatly affect the texture of the bread. Flour could differ from country to country although they are all called as all-purpose flour or bread flour. Sometimes it also depends on the brand. The age of the flour is also a factor, the closer the flour to expiration date or if it is already expired, the flour could tend to be drier, which means it would require more liquid than mentioned in the recipe. This is a common issue of way sometimes the dough tend to be tough and dry. This is why sometimes you have to add few more tablespoon of flour or wet ingredients from the suggested flour measurement to get the right texture. The dough should be soft, smooth and elastic. If it is too wet, add a bit more flour until it is no longer to sticky to handle. If it is too dry, a small amount of liquid helps provide moisture to the dough. A clean side of the bowl, with the dough slightly sticking at the bottom, a soft, smooth and elastic dough is what You are aiming for.
How to Make Parmesan and Green Onion Pull Apart Bread

How Do I Know if I Made the Bread Dough Correctly?

  • Activating the Yeast –  This is the first thing that you should get right, otherwise do NOT proceed. After 5 – 10 minutes you should see a foam forms on top of the water, this is an indication that the yeast is alive. If you do not get this, either the yeast is old or the liquid temperature is too hot or cold. The temperature should be 110F, lukewarm but not hot. If using instant yeast, you do not have to activate it.
  • Clean Bowl After Kneading – The sides of the bowl should be clean, while the bottom is slightly sticking to the dough. This means that amount of liquid to the flour is correct. Enough to make a clean bowl and still make a slightly wet dough.
  • Soft Dough – Soft dough means the amount of flour to liquid is enough. Too much flour could make the bread dense and heavy, and too much liquid could make it too wet. Both will affect how the bread rise in the rest period. Try to push your fingers in the dough, it should leave a “dimple” on the dough and should gradually disappear.
  • Smooth Dough Surface – Again, this is a sign of correct flour to liquid ratio. A “bumpy” surface could mean that the dough is dry and tough.
  • Elastic Dough – A soft dough is usually elastic. If your dough is dry and tough, it wouldn’t be as elastic when you pull it apart.
  • First Rest Period – The dough should almost double in size. This is a sign that the activation of the yeast work which is crucial to making a soft and fluffy bread. This also means the yeast is alive (not yet expired) and the liquid temperature is correct. I always use baking thermometer to check the temperature of the liquid. Normally, first rest period is a minimum of 1 hour to maximum of 1 1/2 hours, at this time the dough should double in size already, otherwise your bread is in trouble.
  • Second Rest Period – The bread dough should be really puff up. This is crucial and the final state of the bread before baking. If you are able to make it puff-up, that is a good sign that there are air trapped inside which will make the bread fluffy. Some recipe requires only 1 rest period, so your check point is the the 1st period.
Parmesan and Green Onion Pull Apart Bread  By SweetNSpicyLiving

Why is My Dough too Wet or too Dry?

Don’t get frustrated if your dough did not turn out immediately as what you see in the photo or video. Most likely It is not because you did not follow the recipe. When it comes to bread making, the amount of flour and liquid is not always 100% precise. This is why often times you will encounter recipes that says, if your dough is dry, add a bit more liquid. If your dough is too wet, add a little bit more flour. This instructions are not meant to confuse you, they are meant to guide you on how to adjust as you work through your dough. The reason for this is that  although the measurement of water and flour are specified in the recipe, it still could slightly vary depending on many factors. For instance, all-purpose flour could very from country to country, or even from brand to brand. Don’t be surprise if you find that some brand tends to require a bit more liquid as the others. On top of this, the amount of liquid is also affected by the state of your flour. How old is the flour that you are using? Older flour nearing expiry tends to be drier and this requires more liquid. Humidity also affects baking. The more humid it is, the more likely the dough will be sticky and wet. Bread making requires patience, and practice. Once you learn how to feel the right texture of the dough, everything will be quick and easy. You can instantly tell if you need to add more water or flour to get the dough in right state.

Parmesan and Green Onion Pull Apart Bread


  • 3/4 cup warm Full Fat Milk (110F) – microwave 15 seconds
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon granulated Sugar (Divided: 1/2 teaspoon for the yeast, remaining for the flour)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast or 1 teaspoon Instant Yeast
  • 2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt (for the flour)
  • 2 tablespoon softened unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese Powder
  • 1/4 cup Green Onion – chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  1. Activate the Yeast: Pour 1/2 of the milk is the mixing bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar and stir. Add active dry yeast, stir and leave for 10 minutes to bloom.
    • If using instant yeast, mix the yeast with the dry ingredients. No need to activate it.
  2. Add Dry Ingredients: Add the flour, salt and remaining sugar and Knead for 15 minutes.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: while gradually adding the remaining milk. Watch out for the consistency, you want as soft, smooth slightly sticky dough. If you already reach this stage, you do not have to use all the remaining milk. However, If you notice that the dough is dry, add 1/2 teaspoon of milk at a time and continue kneading at least 3 minutes after every addition of additional milk.In my case, I use it all up to get the desired texture.
    • Bread Making Tip: Adding the liquid gradually will help you monitor the consistency of the dough better so you can stop adding more liquid once you notice that the dough it getting too wet already. You may or may not need all the mixture. Your aim is a smooth, soft, elastic dough that is slightly stick at the bottom of the pan
    • To Check: The dough should be smooth, soft, elastic and slightly sticky.
  4. Add the softened butter and knead for another 12 – 15 minutes. When you add the butter, you will notice the dough will break apart and it will look like it is too wet. Do not panic, this is expected. Continue mixing (even if longer than 15 minutes) until the dough comes together completely (it will), the side of the bowl is clean and the dough is slightly sticking at the bottom of the bowl. Do not stop mixing until you get to this stage. It takes time to fully incorporate the butter to the flour mixture, be patient.
Parmesan and Green Onion Pull-Apart Bread 2

Let Rest 1st Time: Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning it to coat with oil. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or warm towel, and then let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled. (Rising time is dependent on the temperature of the room; let rise until the dough is doubled).

Trick: Pre-heat the oven to 110F then turn it OFF. Put the covered dough inside for 1 hour.

Parmesan and Green Onion Pull-Apart Bread

6. Shape the Dough: Punch the dough down and spread to a 8 x 18 -inch rectangle. Brush melted butter on top and sprinkle parmesan cheese, green onion, salt, black pepper and paprika (optional). Cut the dough into 18 pieces. Simply cut the dough lengthwise then cut into 8 pieces. This will give you 16 rectangles. Stack each rectangle pieces of dough on top of each other.

Pull Apart Bread

7. Arrange in the Pan: Grease an 8-inch loaf pan with softened butter and transfer the stacked dough. Cover with plastic wrap or towel.

8. Let Rest 2nd Time: Place in a warm place to rise for 60minutes. They will be puffy when ready, if needed extend until the bread is fully puff-up.

Homemade Bread from Scratch

9. Pre-heat the Oven: Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F in the last 10 minutes of 2nd rest time. If you are using the oven to rest the dough, do NOT forget to take the dough out before pre-heating.

10. Bake for 20 -25 minutes, until deeply golden brown. Turn the tray half way though for even baking.

Homemade Yeast Bread

11. Let Cool completely to allow the bread texture to get better

Makes 1 8-inch loaf

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