Italian Pull-Apart Rolls

This recipe is a crowd-pleaser, each roll filled with molten mozzarella. I learned it from Jennifer on S/V Cerca Trova. Forever grateful for that recipe and the silicone Bundt pan that we pass back and forth whenever we’re in the same port! Recipe below.

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Italian Pull-Apart Rolls

Prep time: 2 hours

Makes: 32 pull-apart rolls


3 1/4 to 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided

2 tablespoons sugar

1 packet yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1 egg

8-ounce block mozzarella cheese

For Coating:

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning


Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Combine milk, water, and butter in a small pot. Heat until warm but not hot (120°F). Add liquid mixture to flour mixture and then add the egg. Mix well with a wooden spoon and then add another cup of flour. Incorporate well. Add just enough remaining flour so that dough forms into a ball. Turn onto floured surface and begin to knead, adding flour if necessary, so that the texture is tacky, but not sticky. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, coat a Bundt pan with olive oil and set aside. Cut the cheese into 32 cubes. Make coating by stirring together melted butter, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Italian herb seasoning in a small bowl. Divide the dough into 32 pieces. Wrap each piece of dough around a piece of cheese and form into a ball. Roll each one in the melted butter mixture and place gently in oiled pan. Pour any remaining butter over rolls and cover with towel. Let the dough rise in warm place until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake the rolls for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a serving plate (or pull rolls right out of the pan).

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Plenty to share with with friends!