Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Babka

Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Babka




Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Babka



INGREDIENTS


For the dough:
  • 1 tbs. dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup water lukewarm
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/2 tsp.
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk whole or 2% (or almond milk)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 stick) or margarine, melted
  • 2 large eggs
For the garlic herb butter:
  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted, melted
  • 2 tsp. garlic minced
  • 1/2 tbs. Italian herb blend (or mix together dried parsley, oregano, and basil)
For the cheese:
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded (not fresh mozzarella)
  • 3 tbs. Parmesan cheese grated

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To make the dough: Place the yeast and ½ teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. Add the lukewarm water and stir gently to mix. Set aside until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix together the flour and 1/4 cup sugar.
  2. In a medium saucepan, scald the milk (bring almost to a boil, until milk is just simmering). Allow to sit for 1 minute to cool just slightly (or just add cold milk — see note above).
  3. With mixer on low, add the water-yeast mixture, milk, and melted butter. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. When the dough begins to come together, after 2 to 3 minutes, turn off mixer and scrape down the sides. Raise the speed to high and mix for another 5 to 10 minutes until the dough is shiny, elastic, and smooth. It may seem like a long time to mix, but the result is worth the wait. (You can also knead vigorously by hand for 10 minutes if you don’t have a stand mixer.)
  5. Place dough in a greased bowl with a damp towel on top. Allow to rise 1 to 2 hours.
  6. Prepare two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2 greased loaf pans.
  7. Cut the dough into two equal parts (use a food scale for precision). Set aside one half of the dough.
  8. Roll out the one piece of dough into a large rectangle. Using a pizza cutter or dough cutter, cut the dough down the middle lengthwise, then cut into approximately 3 inch squares.
  9. Roll each square until slightly elongated with a rolling pin.
  10. Brush each piece of dough with the garlic butter, then top with cheese. Fold into smaller squares/rectangles.
  11. Once all the pieces of dough are filled with butter and cheese, place in a greased loaf pan so they are standing up. You can alternate with seam on top and seam on the bottom.
  12. Repeat with the other piece of dough.
  13. Lightly drape a kitchen towel over the top of pans. Allow to rise another 15-30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F while the dough rises.
  14. Top with any additional cheese.
  15. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden on top.
  16. Brush with remaining melted butter as soon as you remove from the oven. Serve warm with tomato sauce for dipping if desired.


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