Pull apart bread flavoured with lemon zest , garlic , red chilli flakes & thyme..

By shanobiju  

May 8, 2016

This bread is very soft and light . Lemon zest and thyme gives a beautiful flavor.
Garlic and red chilli flakes add some spice to this golden bread..

  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Cook: 40 mins


2 cup All purpose flour

3/4 cup Milk

2 tsp Instant dry yeast

1 tbsp Sugar

1 tsp Salt

1 1/2 tbsp Milk powder

5 tsp Fresh cream

1 tbsp Olive oil

Ingredients for the flavouring

1 tsp Lemon zest

1 tsp Chilli flakes

1/2 tsp Thyme

1 tbsp Garlic

3 tbsp Oil

1 tsp Salt


Method for the flavoured oil

1In a sauce pan , heat oil . Lower the flame and add garlic , lemon zest ,thyme and salt .Turn off the heat and add chilli flakes . Let it cool .

2In a bowl mix flour ,yeast ,sugar, salt ,cream, milk and milk powder well .

3Knead it well for 8-9 minutes .

4Add olive oil and knead for further 2-3 minutes .

5Shape it into a ball and apply oil on the dough and place it in a well oiled bowl . Keep it in a warm place and let it rise .

6Let the dough double in size.

7Once it is double , gently punch the dough .

8Using a rolling pin , roll it into rectangle shape .

9Apply the flavourings using a brush. Do not use the entire flavoured oil . Use only 2 tbsp of oil .

10Roll the dough tightly .

11Dust some flour.

12Slice the dough into two equal parts.

13Then further slice it into equal size pieces .

14Line the bread tin with parchment sheet and arrange the dough leaving gap on the side . I used 9" x 4 "x 4" sized loaf tin .

15Do not arrange them tightly . Wait for the second rise .

16Meanwhile pre heat the oven at 200 degree C for 10 minutes . Cover the loaf tin with an aluminum foil and place it in the oven . Place it on the lower rack . Bake for 25 minutes . Take the tin out and remove the aluminum foil . Brush it with remaining flavoured oil and bake it for 10 minutes ( without the aluminum foil ) .

17Transfer it into a wire rack and brush it with butter . Allow it to cool well .


55 Reviews

Shano Biju

October 7, 2020

I use 200 ml standard measuring cup.

Shano Biju

October 7, 2020

One loaf.


August 21, 2020

Hi, planning to make this lovely recipe soon. Does this make one loaf or two ?

Shano Biju

August 6, 2020

Rajani, I use 200ml standard measuring cup.

Rajani Singh Mondal

August 4, 2020

Looks so wonderful. Does 1 cup mean 240 gsm? Can you pls tell me.


February 17, 2019

I have made this bread so many times and its been a perfect experience eqch time! Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

Shano Biju

November 27, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind words and appreciation..πŸ€—πŸ€—

Shano Biju

November 27, 2018

Yes..you canπŸ‘πŸ»

Sona Rajasingh

November 16, 2018

I made this for dinner tonight but it’s gone now..finished by family fr tea..making roti nowπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒthat good it was..thank you very much for such a fab reciepe and for explaining it very clearly…πŸ‘πŸ‘


November 15, 2018

Can be add malai instead of cream

Sweta Dutta Nath

July 10, 2018

wow..wow…wow..excellent….thank you sooo much for this recipe…I make it right now…and it is awesome…i can’t stop myself to have this .

Shano Biju

May 19, 2018

Thankyou so much for trying πŸ€—πŸ€—

Shano Biju

May 19, 2018

Thankyou so much for trying πŸ€—πŸ€—


May 11, 2018

Excellent recipe. Baked it n came ut very well . Thanks a lot


May 11, 2018

Awesome recipe ma’am I made it , and it’s already over, thanks for such a perfect and easy recipe

Shano Biju

January 8, 2018

Avoid over kneading and over proofing.
Cover the tin with aluminium foil while baking..


December 18, 2017

Hi Shano,
I tried your recipe of pull apart garlic bread.it came really good.But the next day, the inside was not so soft.can I help me with where I have gone wrong.

Shano Biju

May 17, 2017

Thankyou Vinaya..😊
Will edit it now..😊


April 29, 2017

Hey Shano,
You know, i love your recipes and always try it.They come out soo nice.
I request you to kindly edit this recipe on” Directions- point no.2″
you have not mentioned to add milk to the mixture of dry ingredients.
Please do so..

Shano Biju

April 19, 2017

Yes..Rahul you can..
Also reduce the temperature a bit..do not over knead ..😍

Rajul Agarwal

April 18, 2017

Hello mam, I tried this recipe today and it was yum… But it was little hard from top as welll as bottom .Please guide me with the probable reason .I found the dough little dry … Gould I add more milk next time? Please guide

Shano Biju

April 13, 2017

Thankyou so much for the beautiful feedback..😍

Sujani balaji

April 1, 2017

Awesome recipe shano.
Tried it once and my fmly loved it.
This is my second time.
Beautiful aroma of the flavour oil .
Much love

Shano Biju

March 21, 2017

After the first rise, punch down the dough ,cover it with cling film and refrigerate it..you can also freeze it..


March 20, 2017

Hi Shano.. thank you so much for a lovely recipe.Just one doubt.. can I double the recipe and freeze extra dough for next day? If so then should it be frozen or just refrigerated?

Shano Biju

March 11, 2017

Poonam ..you can .
Increase the quantity of liquid if you are using wheat flour.

Poonam chugnani

March 10, 2017

Can we use whole wheat flour for this recipe

Shano Biju

December 8, 2016

Thankyou so much Manjari..😊


December 7, 2016

Looks super yummy. Vl be trying this next. Super excited to try this

Shano Biju

November 30, 2016

Jisha..you can use sunflower oil instead of olive oil.


November 28, 2016

Would like to try this.. thank you for the recipe. Any replacement for olive oil..??

Shano Biju

July 21, 2016

Thankyou so much for the awesome feedback Fizza .. Happy Baking !!

fizza merchant

July 19, 2016

today i tried this recipe bread came out real soft.Thanks for such an easy recipe

Shano Biju

July 4, 2016

I use MR40l for baking..I don’t bake in convection mode ..Sorry dear..


July 4, 2016

So tempted to make this. Can you please brief me the procedure if I am making it in a microwave

Shano Biju

July 1, 2016

Thankyou Daya for the lovely feedback ..Will post the puff pastry shortly..

Daya Ganapathy

June 30, 2016

Hi Shano..

Tried this bread without any filling just like regular bread it turned out super soft and nice just the way my family members wanted it.

Thank you so much. Your recipes are wonderful.. Will keep trying rest of your recipes.. Do you have any recipes for puff pastry.. If yes then kindly update..

Shano Biju

June 27, 2016

Hi Jasmine.. Thankyou for the beautiful feedback ..

Jasmine David

June 25, 2016

Thanks for the recipe. I made it with Italian seasoning as I didnt have thyme and the bread was sooooo very soft and it tasted awesome!!! Thank you once again.

Shano Biju

June 21, 2016

Shivani ..Cream makes the bread very light ..You can replace it with melted butter..

Shano Biju

June 21, 2016

Tanvi ..Yeast plays a very important role in terms of texture.. You need to use good quality instant dry yeast ..

Shano Biju

June 21, 2016

Thankyou for the lovely feedback ..


June 19, 2016

What can be the replacement for cream & milk powder?


June 18, 2016

I think my yeast was dead and my dough didn’t rise
Can I still go ahead? What will be the result ?


June 17, 2016

Tried it out today..super soft and pillow texture..thanks for a recipe.

Shano Biju

June 16, 2016

Lovely feedback Sayantani..Thankyou so much for trying it ..Happy Baking!


June 13, 2016

A fantastic recipe. Have made it for family and they keep on asking for this every time I make bread.Thank you Shano Biju 😊

Shano Biju

June 9, 2016

Hansleen ..add milk along with the dry ingredients.If you are using instant dry yeast .you can add it directly.

Shano Biju

June 9, 2016

Thankyou Payal..

Shano Biju

June 9, 2016

Karthika..you can try in Arif Lamoude..


June 7, 2016

shanobiju when r we supposed to use milk???

n proofing of yeast is not required?

Priyanka Goyal

June 5, 2016

Superb recipe


June 4, 2016

This looks scrumptious! Can you please let me know where can I buy instant yeast? I am based out of Bangalore

Shano Biju

May 9, 2016

Thankyou so much Tina..

Tina mohankumar

May 8, 2016

Fantastic! Awsome recipe.

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