Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Garlic Pull Apart Buns

I have an eternal love with yeast, I love love love baking breads. The kneading involved and the yeasty smell that overpowers the house when its baking. There is something magical about that, to see the flour transform into a sticky dough, rise to double its size. Pat the air back again and let the dough rise again and finally see it baking and take the shape of the bread.

There was a time when yeast used to scare me, bread baking was almost like a monster to me, the word yeast would induce fear and apprehensions like never before, but slowly I got over the fear and realised that once you get good yeast and get the basics right there are few things that can match up to the pleasure of bread baking.

Offlate I have been discussing bread baking with many people and they are all like I was sometime back fearing the yeast monster, so I thought today I will share with u recipe that requires very little kneading, works like magic to shoo away your fear of yeast. A great one to start bread baking and for those who are already in love with, take a break from kneading and enjoy the surprisingly light texture and brilliant flavor of these buns

Also lot of you have asked me about what yeast I use. I have experimented with almost every yeast available in Bangalore, though what works the best it the fresh yeast it has its own issues like how to get it and shelf life (incase u are interested you get it in City Market and Institute of baking and cake art or try and bribe your local baker into giving you some). The dry yeast that is available typically in market is kwality or eagel and they suck. 60% of the time it doesn’t activate and after a lot of trail I have come to a yeast brand called Gloripan which actually works nicely. Its available again in city market and sometimes if luck favours you in Spar (when u see it grab a couple of packets, you might not find it again for a long time also dry yeast has a long shelf life so no need to worry about it).  The dry yeast I love best is the one that comes from US though, I typically ask all my friends going there to get packets back. I don’t when will the time come when I will get all my baking supplies here without quality issues

Recipe – Garlic Pull Apart Buns (Adapted from My Singapore Kitchen)

What I used

  • Plain Flour- 3 cups
  • Warm Water- 1 cup
  • Dry Active Yeast- 1tbsp
  • Salt – 1tsp
  • Sugar- 2 tbps
  • Olive Oil- 2-3 tbps
  • 1 egg + 1 tsp milk for basting the buns before baking

For the garlic filling

  • Salted Butter- 50grams
  • Garlic- 6-7 finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves – 3 tbps (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper

How I made it

  • Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together and leave aside for 5 minutes till it looks a little frothy. Thats when the yeast has been activated and is ready to use
  • Mix the above starter with dough and knead lightly till everything comes together as a dough. No need to over knead it.
  • Add oil to it and knead for another 5 minutes till it starts springing back
  • Keep the dough for resting covered by cling film for about 30-45 mins till it almost doubles depending on the weather

  • While the dough is proofing u can make the garlic spread ready by mixing all the ingredients together at room temprature

  • After its doubled in size, knock down to remove the air and roll in to a half an inch thickness sheet. Use dry flour to prevent it from sticking
  • Apply the garlic filling/spread evenly on the dough and roll the dough from one end to another.
  • Using a knife or a thread (I feel thread results in a cleaner cut) cut it into 8-10 rolls of equal size
  • Line them in a loaf pan, spread the left over garlic spread on top and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
  • leave it for proofing again for 30 mins or so

  • Apply egg wash (optional) and bake it in a preheated oven at 180C for about 20-25 mins
  • Pull them apart and eat fresh and warm.

And sending this to Herbs And flowers – Garlic hosted by Zesty Pallete originally an event at Seduce you TasteBuds

Also to Lets CookScrumptious Breakfasts

And but ofcourse YeastSpotting 🙂

Edited to add on 10th May – a better picture at the top

33 comments on “Garlic Pull Apart Buns

  1. Preeti
    August 26, 2011

    Thanks Mons for posting this… am trying it out this weekend for sure! Messaged you on facebook about a place in Madiwala where you get instant dry yeast as well as fresh yeast! Will mail you the address if you need it

    • archana
      May 20, 2013

      Can yo pls give me the address of the place in Madiwala

  2. Vardhini
    August 27, 2011

    The buns have browned up nicely. Looks yummy.

    Check out my 100th post giveaway.
    Current Event: Herbs and Flowers – Garlic

  3. arundati
    August 27, 2011

    gorgeous it looks and apt for the rainy weather… i love the softness of the bread in the last pic

  4. SEO Los Angeles
    August 31, 2011

    Delicious! I bet these are so good with spaghetti!

  5. shubhra
    September 3, 2011

    u rock…have been following ur posts for a while

  6. Ruchi
    September 6, 2011

    tried them over the weekend…they were yummylicious!!! and cant believe how easy it was…
    thanks a ton,

  7. Pingback: Baking with Sin-A-Mon « Sockaholic

  8. suhaina
    September 16, 2011

    The rolls look so perfectly baked… Thanks for trying out mu recipe…happy that it came out really well for u..

  9. Diligent Candy
    September 17, 2011

    Made the same today with grated cheese, chili, oregano, sesame, and olive oil – no butter, turned out like heaven. Mons you are the KING!

  10. chefkavi1990
    October 2, 2011

    I’ve made these too. They are delightful!

    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

  11. Pingback: Garlic Pull Apart Bread

  12. Writerzblock
    March 15, 2012

    Mmmmmm….. so tempting!!! Monu, you have been tagged btw.

  13. Anuradha Arun
    March 28, 2012

    Just made the buns last evening and it was a hit, everybody thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!!!!

  14. S
    April 3, 2012

    I made these with spiced potato filling, Monika. They came out so well ! Thank you for this post 🙂 And yes, Iyengar Bakery would be proud of my ‘kaara bun’ 😀

    – Soumya

  15. Sunitha anand
    April 10, 2012

    Monica, I want to make garlic pull apart buns.i want to know where in city market u get Gloripan yeast? Please tell me the address and Thanks. Sunitha

  16. Sangitha
    May 17, 2012

    Made this today, inspired by Suranga’s pictures….was told it was the best bread ever….I don’t any other bread EVER in life….et al by. The brats! Awesome recipe, thanks for this!

    • monikamanchanda
      May 17, 2012

      this comment made my day sangitha 🙂

      • Sangitha
        May 17, 2012

        iPad inexperience shows in all the auto corrects that make no sense. Meant to say ‘I don’t need any other bread ever in life et al by the brats!’ I think we’ll be using this recipe a lot more! 😀 Thanks again!

  17. hitchy
    May 22, 2012

    just how much will you keep seducing us ?! huh ?

  18. Sahana Singhania
    May 27, 2012

    any replacements for the dry yeast????cant find that anywhere near jayanagar…..:(

  19. Sangitha
    June 8, 2012

    Mon, have you tried a yeast substitute? Think one of us might be allergic to yeast…found this (, what do you think?


  20. Pingback: I’ve committed one of those 7 cardinal sins « THIS & THAT

  21. Pingback: Recipe: Pull Apart Garlic Rolls – Pillowy goodness! | A Foodie Blog

  22. Pingback: Pull-apart Rolls Filled with a Garlic, Coriander and Peanut Chutney

  23. Pingback: Pull ‘em apart!! | Writer-z-block

  24. M.......
    October 2, 2012

    Tried these today, they were awesome :). So easy too!! Thank you!!

  25. Viveka Bangara
    November 8, 2012

    Am so kicked that my first attempt at baking bread came out so well – tks for the recipe , Monika

  26. Pingback: Garlic "Pull-Apart" Buns « MyOvenDiary

  27. Pingback: futurON Ltd. » Blog Archive » Who ‘Likes’ my cheese?

  28. Pingback: Garlic Pull-Apart Buns | MyOvenDiary

  29. Chinky
    August 30, 2013

    I am a new baker and I made these exactly as the recipe said.. amazingly soft.. it did not take more than 5 min for my family to polish them all off!! Thanks much! Amazing blog.. glad i discovered it.. I will stay hooked for more veggie stuff!

  30. Pingback: And I shall have some peace there | The Pootle List

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on August 26, 2011 by in Baking, Breads, Snacks and tagged , , , , , , .

CAL Badge

%d bloggers like this: