Spinach and cheese pull-apart bread recipe

This pull-apart bread is the perfect side for a lazy family lunch. Actually, make a double batch – we guarantee you’ll want more!

PREP+COOK TIME 1 HOUR 55 MINUTES (+ STANDING)
MAKES 12

You will need:

10g dried yeast

1 teaspoon caster sugar

310ml milk, warmed

500g plain flour

1 1/2 teaspoons table salt

125ml extra virgin olive oil

300g baby spinach

80g caramelised onion

120g coarsely grated cheddar

100g coarsely grated mozzarella

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

How to make the bread:

1 Combine the yeast, sugar and the milk in a medium jug. Stand in a warm place for 15 minutes or until the mixture is frothy.

2 Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Stir in yeast mixture and 60ml of the oil; mix to a firm dough. Knead dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in an oiled large bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for 1 hour 20 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

3 Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the remaining oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat, cook spinach, stirring, for 2 minutes or until just wilted. Transfer to a colander; squeeze out excess moisture.

4 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Generously oil a 20cm x 30cm rectangular slice pan.

5 Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth. Press or roll dough into a 25cm x 36cm rectangle on a lightly floured sheet of baking paper. Turn paper so a long side of the dough is in front of you.

sprinkling the cheese on the pull apart spinach and cheese bread recipe

6 Spread a thin layer of caramelised onion onto dough. Spread the spinach mixture on dough; top with half the cheeses (combining the cheese in a bowl before sprinkling ensures even taste and texture. You could also use smoked cheddar for a slightly different flavour). Roll up dough from the long side, using paper as a guide.

Rolling the dough for spinach and cheese pull-apart bread recipe

7 Cut into 12 x 3cm-thick slices. Arrange slices, cut-side up, in the pan (three across, four down). Stand, uncovered, in a warm place, for 15 minutes or until the dough has risen slightly. If it’s easier, you can cut the dough in quarters, then each quarter into three.

Cutting the dough for pull apart spinach and cheese bread recipe

7 Brush pull-apart with the remaining oil. Bake for 20 minutes. Top with the remaining cheeses, rosemary leaves and sea salt; bake for a further 15 minutes or until browned and the pull-apart bread sounds hollow when tapped.