Gooey cheese and bread are always a good idea, but spoon in cranberry sauce and you instantly have a festive, fall appetizer on your hands. This Cranberry Pull-Apart Bread is guaranteed to be the hit of the party.
Pull-Apart Bread Recipe
When it comes to cheese, it’s often the delivery method that makes its melty deliciousness stand out.
This cranberry pull-apart bread, stuffed with Brie cheese and every nook and cranny brushed with garlic butter is going to be the hit of the holiday season.
Dinner can be a flop and the power can go out, and everyone will still be perfectly happy if this party starter was served.
Choosing the Right Bread
I used a sourdough boule for this recipe and you definitely want to stick with an artisan loaf. A crunchy crust and some holes in the crumb are what you’re looking for.
The bread should weigh between 12 and 16 ounces or so — this weight gives you an idea of size, but please note this recipe is flexible enough that the exact size, shape and weight of the bread isn’t a major factor in its success.
There’s no denying a round loaf is impressive to carry out to a crowd of hungry friends and family, but the longer football-shaped bâtards or even flatter loaves of ciabatta would also work.
Tip for Cutting the Bread
When you’re ready to cut the loaf, remember to not slice all the way through. You want the individual pieces of bread to still be attached at the bottom.
Begin by slicing the loaf in one direction, then turning it 90-degrees and slicing it the other way. It does get a little awkward holding the bread together while you make the second set of cuts; just do you’re best.
While cutting, if you find pieces of bread falling out, just place them right back into the loaf like puzzle pieces. The cheese will eventually hold the fallen pieces in place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use Different Cheese?
Besides Brie, Mozzarella and Swiss cheese also work really well – all are gooey, melting cheeses. Blue cheese crumbles thrown in between the cuts also add a lot of flavor.
Can I Use Fresh Cranberry Sauce Instead of Canned?
Yes you can, especially if you’re already making your own cranberry sauce for the rest of the meal.
Can I Make Pull-Apart Bread in the Air Fryer?
I love making pull-apart bread in the air fryer. Make sure the loaf of bread is not to large to fit inside the air fryer’s basket. Air fry for 5 minutes at 350°F.
Can I Use Pull-Apart Bead as a Side Dish?
Why not? Serve it with your favorite soup.
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Cranberry Pull-Apart Bread
- 1 round (12-16 oz) sourdough boule
- 8 tbsps butter
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 can (14 oz) whole cranberry sauce
- 16 oz Brie cheese, cubed
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a long bread knife, slice your bread into approximately one-inch slices, but making sure not to cut all the way through, leaving about ½ inch from the bottom of the loaf still attached. Turn the bread 90 degrees and make one-inch slices, leaving the base attached.
- Add butter and garlic to a small sauté pan and melt butter over low heat. Brush the garlic butter over the bread, making sure to get inside each slice.
- Spoon cranberry sauce into the sliced areas, making sure to get all the cut areas.
- Place Brie cubes in between the slices of the bread.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden.
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