Cheddar, Beer and Mustard Pull-Apart Bread: Are You A Dreamer or Realist?

by simplylife on March 14, 2012

I’m a dreamer.  I love the feeling of being inspired, being a part of something bigger than myself, and imagining infinite possibilities.

I’m also a realist.  I like knowing the that if I work hard at x, then y will happen.  I think it’s important to not sugar-coat the truth and be honest with ourselves and others.  I value research, statistics and calculated results.

I know the difference between a goal and an objective, and the importance of having both.

I know most people tend to categorize themselves in one category or the other, but I find that depending on the situation, I emulate aspects of both personality types.

Take this Cheddar, Beer and Mustard Pull-Apart Bread, for example.  I know that mixing together flour, yeast and salt results in a fluffy, warm bread.  I know that cheddar cheese and beer are always a winning combination (yes, that is scientifically proven), and I know that statistically speaking, a recipe inspired by Smitten Kitchen will always be good.

So while I know all these things, I promise there is still something magical that happens when this bread comes out of the oven.  This bread has the ability to bring people together, to improve moods and make you feel like you can conquer the world (yes, it’s that good).

You see, I need the realistic side of me to actually follow a recipe, while the dreamer in me lets me know there is a bread that can truly make the world a better place.

Oh and the best part: the dream for actually making this bread was inspired after this shipment of cheese arrived on my doorstep compliments of Cabot Cheese  (see, dreams really can come true!).  They sent me the following flavors: Seriously Sharp, Horseradish, Reserved Aged, Chipotle and Classic Vermont Cheddar.

I decided to use Classic Vermont Cheddar for this recipe.  After opening the package, the cheese was encased by this waxy black substance that was easily peeled off.  I had to stop myself from nibbling on it too much, to be sure to save enough for the recipe; it was perfectly smooth, mild and almost “creamy” in flavor.  Definitely a cheese I would recommend!

Cabot Creamery is a 1,200 farm family dairy co-op based out of Vermont, and with members in New England and upstate New York.  They opened in 1919 and are still passionate about producing quality products and offer cheese, yogurt, butter and more!

Cheddar, Beer and Mustard Pull-Apart Bread

by Simply Life

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Keywords: bake bread appetizer vegetarian beer cheese Thanksgiving Super Bowl


For the dough

  • 2 1/4 tsp. (1 envelope) yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup beer
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature


  • 3 tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 tbs. mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Several grinds pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


1. Mix together yeast and warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes.

2. In small saucepan, heat 2 tbs. butter and 1/4 cup beer just until butter has melted. Remove from heat and add remaining 1/3 cup beer. Set aside to cool slightly (want it to be warm).

3. In bowl of stand mixer, mix together 2 cups AP flour, sugar, yeast mixture and salt. Mix on low and pour in butter and beer mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined. Add remaining 1/2 cup AP flour and WW Pastry flour until just combined. Begin using dough hook and mix 3 to 4 minutes on low speed.

4. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl. Cover and set aside 50-60 minutes. Punch-down, cover and let rest about 45 minutes. (You can cover with plastic wrap at this point, if you want to make it ahead. If doing so, remove from fridge about 1 hour before rolling out).

5. Using small saucepan, melt remaining 3 tbs. butter. Remove from heat and whisk together with mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.

6. In medium bowl, mix together paprika, salt and pepper, Add in shredded cheddar cheese and mix until evenly coated.

7. Spray bread/loaf pan with cooking spray. Roll dough out onto lightly floured surface until it is about 20 x 12 inch rectangle. Brush with mustard sauce. Cut dough crosswise into 5 equal strips (each should be about 12 x 4 inches).

8. Sprinkle cheese onto first strip. Gently place another strip on top of it, sprinkle with cheese, and repeat with remaining strips until they are stacked and all cheese is used.

9. Gently cut stack into 2-inch segments (you will have about 6 to 7). Line dough segments in loaf pan so that each segment is “standing on side” (please see original recipe for additional photos). Cover and let sit 30 to 45 minutes.

10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake loaf for 25-35 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cook 5 minutes before flipping it out of pan. Serve warm and enjoy!

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~Do you consider yourself more of a dreamer or realist?

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  • Juliearts

    I used to say a realist, but now I think I’m more of a dreamer. A dreamer who takes action and makes those dreams a reality! I’m forwarding this heavenly recipe to my husband because I’m dreaming of having some and I know if he sees this recipe and pictures he will definitely make me some. See…a dreamer to who action!! I like to get things done 😀

    • Simply Life

      I love it! See, we can be both- and take advantage of others who will make our dreams (of this bread) come true! 🙂

  • Hillary

    Staring at this bread is draining me of my ability to function. Good heavens.

  • Rebecca

    I’ve seen this pull apart bread in lemon and cinnamon, but never savory, delicous, cheese! Thanks for, as always, making my mouth water.

  • Yummychunklet

    Augh! I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been seeing pull-apart bread everywhere and your delicious post has convinced me to make one ASAP. Great post!

  • Baking Serendipity

    I am a dreamer…and I definitely know that this bread is going to be stuck in my mind/dreams for some time to come! This looks fabulous 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I think everyone is a combination of both…but I definitely sit more on the realist side of things 😉 The bread looks absolutely incredible. I want to try that chipotle cheese

    • Simply Life

      You should try it- it’s so good and just the perfect amount of spice!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I’m kind of drooling here! I’m so impressed by all of your bread making skills and this looks amazing.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    This looks so great!!! I want some now!

    And I am definitely a mix of both dreamer and realist 😀

  • Kristen@Change of Pace

    This with a glass of wine would be dinner for me 🙂

  • Colleen

    I have visited Cabot in VT and just loved it there! You get the best products on your doorstep. 🙂 I am always impressed by your bread recipes!

    • Simply Life

      Thanks! Oooh, I really want to visit there!

      • Colleen

        You should! It’s a fun, neat little “factory.” So many other great food-related places in VT too!

  • camille

    Shut the front door, Cabot just up and sent you cheese? Now I’m officially a dreamer, because that’s what I’m going to dream about!

    • Simply Life

      Haha, they did send me the cheese (I actually emailed them first, so I knew it was coming but was surprised to find out what it was)!

  • Lauren

    I am a litte of both I think! This looks awesome 🙂

  • Megan

    The bread looks amazing and I am so jealous of all that cheese.

    I am such a realist.

  • Fitontherocks

    Oh wow! I’ve mainly seen sweet pull apart breads, but a savory one sounds so much better! I’m more of a realist who likes to dream 😉

  • meri

    I wish someone would bake this for me! All of my favorite things in one loaf?

  • Jolene (

    I think I am more of a realist … and that bread looks reeeeeeaaaaaaal good!

  • amy

    I have been listening to commercials on NPR for Cabot cheese! Bryan and I are amazed at how a radio commercial has made us want to try this cheese so bad!

  • Kari

    This looks like it belongs in a professional bakery! And I share your thoughts on dreamers vs. realists…I probably err towards the latter, but there is a dreamer in me too 🙂

  • Junia Kim

    i am definitely a dreamer! hahaha. this bread looks AMAZING. love the flavors of mustard, beer and cheddar!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Yum! I made a savory pull apart bread with cheese and sundried tomatoes. Such a fun snack – love the flavors you used.

  • Bee

    Bread fresh out of the oven cannot be beat–especially with cheese and beer!

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)

    The bread looks fantastic. I use Cabot cheese as well. I love their seriously sharp and their horseradish…they are yummy.

  • Nicole, RD

    Oh my gosh…just the idea of this takes my breath away! LOL!

  • Colleen McConnell

    Ahh this bread has my mouth watering. I’m curious how it would be with the horseradish cheese!

    • Simply Life

      Me too! I bet it would be deeelicious!

  • Katherine Martinelli

    This bread looks incredible!!! And I agree – why this need to choose whether you’re a dreamer or a realist?! Cabot cheese is amazing.

  • Savoryandsavage

    I am definitely more of a dreamer. This bread looks stunning!!

  • Kristina

    Smitten Kitchen is the bomb. Both of your versions look amazing!

  • Daisy

    this bread is so amazing looking! i love cabot cheese too!!!

  • Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking

    Drool drool drool. This bread looks amazing. The ingredients? Divine. Your photography skills? Amazing.

    • Simply Life

      Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! =)


    good lord is that divine…just by the pic alone!

  • Hotly Spiced

    That is certainly a very beautiful looking loaf of pull-apart bread! What great ingredients. I bet it tasted amazing just after it came out of the oven!

  • JoJo

    oh. my. gosh. This looks amazing!!! XD
    I love how you kneaded in the realist and dreamer idea too!
    I would have to say I am both as well! I love Peterpan and believe in magic.. But us women have a realistic side, always. I think.

  • Tessa@AmazingAsset

    Oh dear lawddd…this recipe! I am sooo sharing this with my mom, she would go CRAZY for it, in the best way possible 🙂 I am a realist for sure, but was not always like that!

    • Simply Life

      Thanks! I hope she likes it! 🙂

  • Ranjani

    I saw this on SK and you have reminded me of it – it looks seriously amazing. Can’t go wrong with these flavors

  • Beth Michelle

    Drooling! This is amazing. SO delicious.

  • Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    OMG that looks and sounds AMAZING!!!!

  • Mom

    I have NEVER seen a pull apart bread like this! Oooh, it’s so kool ! I love the technique to it all! It’s truly beautiful ! I tend to think about things being like I want them to be (dreamer) and then snap out of it and start washing dishes!! 🙂

  • Sarah

    I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitchen but I wasn’t convinced. Now I am… can’t wait to try this!!

    • Simply Life

      Good! You should DEFINITELY try it! 🙂

  • Bianca Garcia

    I’m more of a dreamer, I think.

    I’ve never make pull apart bread (or bread, for that matter) – this looks amazing!

  • Trottingtortoise

    This looks AMAZING!! I wish you were in my kitchen baking it right now 🙂

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