Cheese Garlic Bread Star – A Fancy Pull Apart Recipe

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Just when you thought garlic bread couldn’t be improved I bring you my star cheese garlic bread. It’s everything you love about homemade garlic bread, except I’ve thrown in fresh herbs and oozy cheese.

Overhead shot of cheese garlic bread shaped into a braided star

Making the pull apart is much simpler than it looks and the results are super impressive. The hardest part is sharing! It’s so delicious I just wanted to just eat it all myself.

I recently used this recipe in one of my cooking classes and all the ladies were surprised at how easy it was to make. Take a quick look at the video below if you want to see the star bread and a few other dishes being made in the class.

So if you’re hesitating, DON’T! Get cooking 🙂 It’s super fun.

Star Bread Watch Points

Although its super simple to make my cheese garlic bread, there are a few watchpoints which are worth mentioning.

  1. Don’t overfill the layers of dough with the garlic spread.
  2. Make sure to pinch closed the points of the stars well so they don’t open during cooking.
  3. Ensure the bread is cooked completely on the bottom before serving. There is a lot of butter so cooking time may vary depending on the filling (Just take a peek at the underside of the bread.

Over head shot of completed garlic bread star bread on white background

Cheese Garlic Bread Variations

There are so many possible variations to the recipe. You could choose a sweet or savoury filling. Below I have listed a few suggestions;

Sweet Fillings

  • Cinnamon Butter
  • Nutella Spread
  • Strawberry Jam

Savoury Fillings

  • Sundried Tomato Pesto
  • Olive Tapenade Spread
  • Rocket Pesto Spread

Back to the recipe, I’ve included some step by step photos to give you some pictorial images to refer to whilst you’re making and assembling the cheese garlic bread.

3 images making Garlic and cheese star bread

Overhead shot 3 images showing how to make star bread

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Overhead shot of cheese garlic bread shaped into a braided star
Star Cheese Garlic Bread with fresh herbs
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Proofing
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

This star-shaped Cheese garlic bread is everything you love about homemade garlic bread, except I've thrown in fresh herbs, oozy cheese and upped the presentation a notch or two.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 9 serves
Calories: 419 kcal
Author: Julie Carlyle
Ingredients
Bread Dough
  • 320 g warm water
  • 10 g dry yeast
  • 5 g sugar
  • 510 g flour bakers
  • 5 g salt
  • 25 g oil
Cheesy Garlic Butter
  • 20 g garlic
  • 60 g shallots about 2 shallots cut into 10 cm lengths
  • 10 g chives cut into 10cm lengths
  • 10 g basil
  • 120 g tasty cheese quartered
  • 150 g butter room temperature
  • 1 olive oil spray
Instructions
Bread Dough
  1. Wash a glass bowl in hot water then dry thoroughly.

  2. Spray the clean, warm bowl with oil and put it in a warm place.

  3. Add the water, yeast and sugar to TM bowl. Combine 2 min/50 degrees/Speed 1.5.

  4. Add flour, salt and oil to the TM bowl. Knead 2 minutes.

  5. Remove the dough from the TM and form it into a ball. Place the dough in the warmed bowl and cover with a clean tea towel. Leave to proof until doubled in size.

Cheesy Garlic Butter
  1. Place the garlic, shallots, chives and basil in the TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9

  2. Add the cheese to the herb mix. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.

  3. Add the butter to the TM bowl. Combine 5 sec/Speed 5. Scrape down the bowl and repeat if necessary.

Assembling the Star
  1. Once the dough has proofed divide the dough into 4 equal portions.

  2. Line a cookie slide with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

  3. Get a second sheet of baking paper and trace a circle around a large bowl.

  4. Spray oil on the traced circle, and place one of the balls of dough in the centre of the circle.

  5. Roll the dough out to fill the circle.

  6. Carefully lift the dough off the guide and place it on the baking tray.

  7. Spread 1/3 of the butter mixture over the first circle of dough.

  8. Take the next ball of dough and roll out the same as the first using the circle as a guide.

  9. Place the 2nd circle on top of the first. Repeat the garlic butter process.

  10. Continue with the remaining balls of dough leaving the top layer free from butter.

  11. Place a small glass in the centre of the circle. 

  12. Use a knife to cut through all the layers of dough at the 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 and 9 points.

  13. Divide each quarter of the circle into two more segments. You should have 16 segments. 

  14. Remove the glass from the centre.

  15. Choose two "side by side" segment pairs and twist them twice away from each other.

  16. Repeat this process all the way around the circle.

  17. Pinch the ends of each pair of dough twists so they hold together whilst baking.

  18. Spray the dough lightly with olive oil and bake for 30-40 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

  19. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

There will be leftover garlic and herb butter. To store the butter just place it on plastic wrap and roll it up into a sausage shape. Store it in the fridge or freezer. The butter can be used over vegetables, steak or as a spread on pizza dough.

Nutrition Facts
Star Cheese Garlic Bread with fresh herbs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 420mg 18%
Potassium 119mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 13.1%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 11.7%
Iron 16.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you’ve tried my Cheese garlic bread star recipe please leave a message and let me know what you thought.  The more we chat the more I know what recipes I should be making and sharing. If you have any recipe suggests I would also love to hear them.

Your comments may also help another Thermomixer trying to choose a recipe for their family.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Cooking

j

2 thoughts on “Cheese Garlic Bread Star – A Fancy Pull Apart Recipe”

  1. Georgia says:


    What type of cheese is best?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Georgia, I used a tasty cheese that I grated in the Thermomix for this recipe.

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