Garlic Chive Pull Apart Bread Muffins | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

The pull apart bread has been popping up all over the place, and as a bread lover, I can’t wait to try it with a homemade fresh herb spread. For the herbs, I used a mix of Chinese garlic chives and basil, but use any combination that suits you. Alternatively, you can use a ready-made pesto sauce. I have chosen to leave out cheese as husband is not a fan of it. Besides pesto, nutella or peanut butter would be great alternatives for the filling too.

PoolishDoughHerb Spread
  • 200 g Water
  • 200 g Bread flour
  • 0.2 g Fresh yeast
  • All of the starter
  • 110 g Water
  • 10 g Sugar
  • 8 g Sea salt
  • 300 g Bread flour
  • 10 g Fresh yeast
  • 25 g Fresh garlic chives
  • 10 g Fresh basil
  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 50 ml Olive oil
  • 3 g Sea salt
  1. Combine all ingredients of starter together in a mixing bowl. Cover with a plastic film and set aside at room temperature for 16 hours.
  2. Add in the rest of dough ingredients and mix on lowest speed for 3 minutes, then increase the speed, continue kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Turn it out on a lightly floured work surface and gently knead for a few times. Return to the mixing bowl and proof, covered, for a further 30 minutes.
  3. Place all the ingredients of herb spread in a blender and process until combined.
  4. Divide the dough into 4 even portions. Roll each out into a 28x19-cm rectangle. Spread 2-3 tablespoons of herb paste on one rectangle, cover it with second rectangle, spread with 2-3 tablespoons of herb paste, top with third rectangle, then spread with herb paste, and top with the final rectangle. You might not need to use up all the spread. Cut into 18 pieces, each about 6x5.5-cm. Besides herb spread, you can also try the peanut butter filling.
  5. Place each stack into a muffin cup greased lightly with oil. Cover and proof for an hour or until about doubled in volume. Preheat the oven to 220C/430F. Bake for 20 minutes until nicely golden and crisp. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Cathleen 20/9/12 06:53

These look fantastic! I have always wanted to make pull apart bread, and this is the perfect recipe, yum!

Nisa Homey 20/9/12 07:02

Yummy pull apart the muffin cup idea...ideal for kids...

Janine 20/9/12 07:18

i've tried the cinnamon version but I've never thought about making it savory with herbs but definitely going to after looking at your recipe. the breads look soooo good!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 20/9/12 07:29

Addictive, I'm sure! Those pretty breads are fabulous.



Vimitha Durai 20/9/12 07:42

Loving your idea... Looks so flavorful...

rita cooks italian 20/9/12 07:47

These breads are really well crafted. Perfect for sharing or just pull apart a small bite.

wenn 20/9/12 07:58

wow, they look so fresh and good!

The Duo Dishes 20/9/12 08:04

They are really beautiful. All we need is a little marinara or roasted tomato spread on the side. Delish.

Elin 20/9/12 08:14

I can imagine how delicious they are ! chives and garlic...mmmmm the aroma wafting thru the screen :) I love pull apart bread. You can have it savoury or sweet...mmmmm I am drooling as usual. Not just the bread...the photography too ! Have a great day,

OohLookBel 20/9/12 08:25

This looks so tasty! I love how you've used a muffin tray to cook the bread, it makes it so much easier with less risk of undercooking. And pull-apart bread is the best kind.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 20/9/12 08:32

Mmmm Pull apart bread has never looked so flavoursome :D

Choc Chip Uru

Medeja- CranberryJam 20/9/12 09:04

How beautiful and tempting! I would like just to grab one and pull :)))

Mich - Piece of Cake 20/9/12 09:22

Garlic and Chives are definitely a winning combination! And I love how fluffy these are. These look perfect a tea break.

Vicki Bensinger 20/9/12 10:22

These are so pretty. I can only imagine how good they taste. I like that these can be made sweet or savory as well but the garlic and chive is right up my alley.

Priya Suresh 20/9/12 10:42

Can guess how flavourful these pull apart breads will be,soo cute and inviting.

Baker Street 20/9/12 10:53

what a brilliant idea, angie! Love the idea of pull apart muffins. I'll surely bake a batch sometime soon for muffin monday. :)

Alicia Foodycat 20/9/12 11:26

These sound so good and look beautiful!

Anonymous 20/9/12 11:49

these are very nice Angie. They make a nice snack/lunch. Take care X

kitchen flavours 20/9/12 11:55

Wow, looks so good! Must be extremely fragrant with the fresh herbs! I would love to have this with a cup of tea!

Sepeda Motor Bebek Injeksi Kencang dan Irit Jupiter Z1 20/9/12 12:31

hmmmn, thats look soo delicious. feels hungry :D nyummi...

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 20/9/12 12:38

How lovely that they pull apart so you can get some herb goodness on every bite. These would be fantastic with a salad for lunch.

Helene Dsouza 20/9/12 12:46

I just love that Angie! U always wow me with your amazing creations! how do u do that? Thumps up my friend! ;)

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen 20/9/12 13:06

Pesto is a great condiment with just about everything. Love your twist on this bread! A man who doesn´t like cheese?? LOL

MunatyCooking 20/9/12 13:20

I've been seeing this bread on many blogs, but never tried it, you've just tempted me to go in my kitchen and make some. They look really beautiful and Love the garlic chive combination!

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 20/9/12 13:54

Bread lover here, I'd love to pull apart that bread. Love the garlic chives in there, bread has never looked so good.

Susan 20/9/12 14:27

My chives have just been fabulous this year and when I get home this weekend, this is on my list to make. YUM!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction 20/9/12 15:01

Oh, these look fantastic! I love how you made the bread into muffins!

Valerie Gamine 20/9/12 15:10

I can practically smell these darlings right through the screen! They look absolutely scrumptious!

La Cuisine d'Helene 20/9/12 15:44

They look so good. Never seen muffins with chives before.

Soni 20/9/12 15:57

Such a delicious and flavorful bread with garlic and chives!! Love the flavors and the lovely texture in these :)

wok with ray 20/9/12 16:31

Garlic chives and basil combo must make the flavor burst. I bet you every bite of this bread leaves a wonderful after taste. I hope you are having an enjoyable week, Angie! :)

Kumi 20/9/12 16:41

I can just imagine how good the house would smell when this bread is baking... Can't wait to try this one out!

Alice 20/9/12 16:55

bread with pesto sauce is a brilliant idea i should try!

Marina@Picnic at Marina 20/9/12 17:17

Mmm, looks so good! And delicious too! Love the bread... :)

StephenC 20/9/12 17:23

This is marvelous and gives me an idea of how I can replicate it without actually making my own dough. I'll post it on if I am successful.

Tricia Buice 20/9/12 17:52

That pesto layer is calling to me! Cheese would be good and you are a wonderful wife to leave it out for your husband. I've seen pull-apart loaves but not muffins - so cute!

Koko 20/9/12 18:45

Mini pull apart breads- so cute!! They look fantastic, Angie.

Beth 20/9/12 18:54

These look delightful. And what a kind wife you are, to leave out the cheese for your husband!

Lora 20/9/12 18:57

How beautiful and flavorful. Love!

Ivy 20/9/12 19:22

You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful bread creations. Love them.

Viviane Bauquet Farre 20/9/12 20:37

Adorable sized portions, Angie. I don't think you could have baked this a second more or less perfect - from the deep darkened brown tops to the golden blonde-brown crevasses - c'est parfait!

Evelyne CulturEatz 20/9/12 20:50

Oh, I have made on big pull apart bread but never saw individual portion ones, great idea and lovely herbs flavors.

Katerina 20/9/12 21:17

They look so tasty and I am sure garlic gave them the perfect touch!

Jenny (VintageSugarcube) 20/9/12 23:54

They look scrumptious!! I could eat a dozen of those. :)

Debra Eliotseats 21/9/12 00:34

My aunt used to make pull apart bread with canned biscuit dough, lots of margarine, and some very salty salad seasoning. We loved it! This reminds of that, but in a good way!

Balvinder 21/9/12 03:05

Pull apart bread .this is something new for me.

Lisa Ho 21/9/12 03:09

Love the lunch box size bread...
Another beautiful bake, Angie :D
Love it

beti 21/9/12 03:47

I've always been a fan of pull apart bread, this one looks delicious and perfect

mjskit 21/9/12 04:32

You're definitely killing me with this bread! My mom used to make pull apart breads and they were my favorites not because of the taste, but because they are SO much fun to eat! So take pull apart bread and add garlic and chives and what do you have? A fun and heavenly delight! These are delicious!

Elisabeth 21/9/12 05:44

These pull-apart roll muffins are incredible...makes sense to have them shaped to pull apart, so delicious with the fresh herbs!
I pinned glad you added the pin button under the post as well, since my screen cuts off the side widgets, and I can't get to them!

Alessandra 21/9/12 08:53

Now I am gonna have to bake this away with this gorgeous garlicky spread! great idea!

Caroline Taylor 21/9/12 14:48

These look absolutely brilliant, I love this idea!

Norma Chang 21/9/12 14:49

Very creative use of Chinese garlic chives.

Emma | Fork and Good 21/9/12 14:58

Fantastic idea! I love how it has the grooves ready for pulling. I can imagine ripping it off and dunking in some chunky soup - cheers!!! =] xxx

Unknown 21/9/12 15:20

Angie, these look amazing and I can only imagine the aroma while they're baking. It must drive your neighbors crazy! We're they standing at your door looking for a hand out?:)

Amelia 21/9/12 16:33

Hi Angie, another excellent creation, it look so tempting. Wish we are neighbor :)

Have a nice weekend.

Unknown 21/9/12 16:36

Wow. You make this bread look so tasty and soooo easy! Yum.

Anonymous 21/9/12 19:36

Omg love that you made the bread in muffin cups--such a great idea! This sounds amazing. x

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 21/9/12 20:21

These look fabulous as-is, but I love the idea of adding Nutella to them instead. Perfect weekend breakfast! :D

RavieNomNoms 21/9/12 20:30

Oh my goodness!!!! I am in love with bread. I would not be able to stop eating those!

Emily @ She Makes and Bakes 21/9/12 21:59

I love the variation on the pull apart bread. Amazing!

Catherine 22/9/12 00:19

Dear Angie, these garlic muffins look irresistible! Perfect for any meal. Blessings my dear, your friend, Catherine xo

Unknown 22/9/12 01:17

These look so tempting- I would love to reach in, pull it apart and take a taste! They would be perfect served at a special meal;-)

Anonymous 22/9/12 03:00

These pull apart muffins sound awesome, so flavorful with Chinese garlic chives and basil.

Kiran @ 22/9/12 04:34

Love the flavors of garlic and chives in a recipe. An the pull apart bread concept is so fun!

vianney 22/9/12 06:27

~layer upon layer of goodness~

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet 22/9/12 07:13

Brilliant and gorgeous as always, Angie! Love the herb mix. Yum!

QembarDelites 22/9/12 11:13

I love pull apart bread too but never tried it in muffin cups. Great idea, you get to eat the whole muffin!

Mary Bergfeld 22/9/12 14:13

These really are lovely and they would go so well with the fall soups that are being featured on the blogs these days. They look delicious! Have a wonderful weekend.Blessings...Mary

Sutapa 22/9/12 14:40

Love this yummy pull apart bread.... great flavors added!

The Squishy Monster 22/9/12 15:57

These look like a cross between a popover, monkey bread and 110% amazing deliciousness!!!!

Cheah 22/9/12 16:17

Peanut butter filling will be fine for me. Love this pull apart bread, looks cute and as usual, can't help admiring your clicks!

lena 22/9/12 17:20

i also wanted to make some pull apart breads but just never get my hands to do it. Really love how you always presented your bakes and i love the flavours here!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 22/9/12 18:29

I still have not tried making pull apart rolls myself but these would be very tempting for my first attempt! I love the garlic and basil herb spread that you used. They look delicious, Angie!

Asmita 22/9/12 21:30

Oh Angie,
This is just beautiful! Never tried making these at home, but would love to . The combination of flavors is amazing!

[Reply] 22/9/12 23:17

What a wonderfl idea and the presentation is beautiful.

Jocie's Mom 22/9/12 23:25

Ooooh! These are so cuto! Food that is cute totally tastes better. And I bet these are fabulous with some creamy garlic spread :)

Kathy 22/9/12 23:36

These pull apart muffins are lovely…I am sure so delicious with garlic and chive filling! Beautifully done!

Jean | Delightful Repast 22/9/12 23:44

Angie, I've only made a sweet cinnamon version of these rolls. I'd really like these with the chives and basil! And they're soooo pretty!

Dude for Food 23/9/12 01:06

These muffins look great, and the garlic chive combo is a great idea! Beautiful photos!

Reeni 23/9/12 02:55

I love this savory version with herbs Angie! They are so cute too!

Ana Regalado 23/9/12 04:26

You're right about that ! I've been eyeing the recipe that I've seen from KitchenAid's link :D These pull-apart bread look scrumptious and pretty as well .... Love the garlic-basil combo !

Hannah 23/9/12 23:15

I love any excuse to play with my food, so the tactile nature of pull-apart bread is perfect for me! Love the fact that you stuffed them with both garlic and chives, since those two flavors work so harmoniously together.

Annie Wu 24/9/12 06:56

Hi Angie, I'm in love with your blog and the recipes! Will be following this blog as well as pinterest and twitter for your updates :)

Unknown 24/9/12 11:46

I was planning to make a couple of "bread" this end week, starting with cheddar drop cookies, popovers and now I must add this to the list. So many to choose from, but so little time. Not to mention, this will go perfectly with your latest Cream of Chicken Soup too. Delish Angie, and you never cease to amaze me. Wish I can have a few of you to be my kitchen guru ;). xoxo. Jo

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 25/9/12 03:55

These would be pulled apart in our house alright ;-) - they look fabulous Angie; delish.

Unknown 25/9/12 05:53

Love the idea of chive in bread! Have to try it!

My Little Space 25/9/12 11:11

Kudos. This bread would be just perfect to go along with those creamy chicken soup.

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 25/9/12 19:48

Angie, these garlic-chive muffins are too gorgeous to eat; but I would devour them without stopping. Love the herbs that you chose to you . . . perfect combo! I'm pinning, tweeting, and stumbling this for you too!

Richa 26/9/12 03:38

i love bread. i love savory and these are perfect in a muffin tin!

Devaki 26/9/12 23:39

Geez Angie - how does one stop at just one??? Can I sub with active dry yeast?

chow :) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 27/9/12 04:13

Yum, these look delicious. I love the herbs you used.

grace 28/9/12 14:51

i love the idea of pull-apart bread, but this is the first batch of muffins i've seen--so clever, angie!

Pam 28/9/12 17:12

How did I miss these? They would be extremely dangerous for me... I would eat WAY too many!!!

Anonymous 5/10/12 00:23

This looks very good.
I have a blog of Italian recipes but I like trying out new combinations.
Your recipes are very very very good.
I'm happy to find your blog.

Corporate to Kitchen 8/10/12 04:55

Love your blog! Great recipes & photography!

Unknown 12/10/12 21:39

The bread looks wonderful. I love love garlic :D


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