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Homemade Pull Apart Garlic Bread is fluffy, buttery, flavourful, and tears easily for optimal sharing. You won't be able to stop grabbing these bites! |

Pull Apart Garlic Bread

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  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Ditch the foil-wrapped packages of garlic bread from the store and elevate your next meal with this homemade Pull Apart Garlic Bread. It's fluffy, buttery, flavourful, melts in your mouth, and tears easily for optimal sharing. The homemade dough is rolled and sliced into individual bites, tossed in homemade garlic butter, and baked until tender and fluffy.


  • 1 cup warm water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the garlic butter topping:

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely grated or minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning


Make the dough:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1/2 cup warm water, yeast, and honey. Let rest 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add in flour, butter, and salt, and mix until combined. Gradually add in the remaining 1/2 cup water, stirring between each addition until completely combined, and until the dough comes together into a ball. The dough will be soft but slightly sticky. If it is too sticky, you can add a little more flour.
  3. Knead for 7-10 minutes (by hand or in a stand mixer) until the dough is smooth and elastic. You can test the dough for readiness by pressing into the dough with your thumb. If it bounces back, then it is ready. Cover the bowl with a dish cloth, and let dough rest at room temperature until doubled in size, about one hour.

Make the garlic butter: 

  1. Approximately 15 minutes before the dough is done rising, preheat oven to 375 F, and begin preparing the garlic butter topping.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Once just melted, add garlic, parsley, and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine and continue to cook over low heat for 2 minutes, to allow the flavours to infuse into the butter. Remove from heat.

Shape and bake:

  1. Once the dough is ready, shape it into a long tube, 1-inch in diameter. Then, cut into small 1-inch pieces. Place the pieces into the saucepan with the garlic butter and toss to fully coat.
  2. Transfer the coated pieces into a 8 x 4 inch loaf pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Garnish with additional fresh parsley on top (optional).


How to store: Allow the bread to cool to room temperature, then store it in plastic wrap or an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. It can also be refrigerated for longer, but the bread may begin to dry out.

How to reheat: The best way to reheat this garlic bread is to warm it in the oven. Place it in the oven or countertop toaster oven at 350 for 5-6 minutes, or in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes. You can also reheat individual sections for about 15 seconds in the microwave just to warm them up.

How to freeze: You can freeze leftover bread by wrapping it well with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, but you probably won't have enough leftovers to bother with this! The bread tends to get eaten quickly.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Rise Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian