Cheesy Bacon Pull-Apart Bread

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A delicious appetizer for your next big game get-together or turn into a delicious dinner with soup and salad.





1 loaf

Prep Time

35 minutes

Rise Time

45 minutes

Bake Time

25 to 30 minutes


  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) packet Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (whole, 2%, 1% OR skim)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • Filling
  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • 8 ounces/250 g bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Combine milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F.  Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with egg.

Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball. 

Knead  on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes. 

For filling, combine butter, garlic powder and chives in a small bowl.

Cut dough into 24 pieces. Generously spray a fluted tube pan with cooking spray.  Sprinkle about 1/3 of bacon and cheese in bottom of pan.  Dip 12 pieces of dough into the melted butter mixture and place in pan.  Sprinkle with 1/3 bacon and cheese.  Repeat with remaining dough and top with remaining bacon and cheese. Pour any remaining butter over rolls. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then invert on serving plate.