Rosemary Pull-Apart Bread

Rosemary Pull-Apart Bread at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Beth

We have a rosemary bush in our front yard, and I just love to brush past it. It always smells like “yum” to me. As a result, I enjoy finding easy and delicious ways to cook with rosemary.

This rosemary pull-apart bread is great for serving because you don’t have to slice perfectly. This is great since I’m pretty much terrible at making clean, even bread slices. I think it’s because I just can’t wait long enough to let it cool off. Well with this pull-apart bread, you only have a to wait long enough to place the free form loaf on the table before you tear in.

Notes: You could probably leave out the thyme and basil, but I wouldn’t. They offer a very light reminder of their presence that never competes with the rosemary and only brings out the fullest flavor of the yeasty bread.

Rosemary Pull-Apart Bread at The Happy Housewife

Rosemary Pull-Apart Bread




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For the Dough

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • pinch of dried basil
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons yeast

For the Topping

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup Parmesan, grated
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary


  1. Warm the olive oil and milk in a saucepan over very low heat until the liquid reaches 100 degrees. Remove from heat and place in mixer bowl.
  2. Add salt, sugar, rosemary, basil, thyme, onion powder, and yeast. Blend well.
  3. Add flour ½ cup at a time and mix until soft dough starts to form. Remove dough from bowl and turn onto floured surface.
  4. Knead in remaining flour ¼ cup at a time until dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
  5. Place dough in a well-oiled bowl. Cover and let rise in warm spot on counter for 1 hour or until doubled in volume.
  6. Just before dough is completely risen, oil a 9 inch springform pan.
  7. To prepare the topping, melt the butter. In a large bowl, combine the butter, Parmesan, and rosemary. Set aside.
  8. Remove dough from bowl and stretch or roll out to knead out all air bubbles.
  9. Cut dough into 4 equal chunks, then cut each of those chunks into 8 small cubes. Place these cubes in the butter mixture.
  10. Toss the dough cubes around in the butter until all are coated. Place cubes in pan.
  11. Cover again and let rise for 50 minutes.
  12. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove cover and bake bread for 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
  13. Remove from pan onto a serving plate and enjoy!

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Rosemary Pull-Apart Bread at The Happy Housewife

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  1. Maybe I missed it but I didn’t see in the recipe when the yeast should be added.

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