Pull-Apart Cheesy Onion Bread a'la Parisi

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 5m
Ready In

"This recipe is as fun to eat as monkey bread (little balls of yeast dough that are baked in a pan together, then pulled apart at the table) but a lot less time-consuming to make. The buttery biscuit dough is spread with a savory onion-Gruyère mixture, the layers are stacked sideways side-by-side in a loaf pan, then baked until golden and fluffy. Chef: Grace Parisi."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (147.6 g)
  • Calories 435.3
  • Total Fat - 27.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 17.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 73.2 mg
  • Sodium - 764.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 36.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 3 g
  • Protein - 10.2 g
  • Calcium - 326.7 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425°. Butter a 9-by-4 1/2-inch metal loaf pan.

Step 2

In a large skillet, melt the 1/2 stick of uncubed butter; pour 2 tablespoons of the melted butter into a small bowl and reserve. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until it is softened, about 8 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in the poppy seeds and season with salt and pepper. Scrape the onion mixture onto a plate and refrigerate for 5 minutes, until cooled slightly. Stir in the Gruyère.

Step 4

Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Step 5

Add the cubed butter and pulse until it is the size of small peas.

Step 6

Add the buttermilk and pulse 5 or 6 times, just until a soft dough forms.

Step 7

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and knead 2 or 3 times.

Step 8

Pat or roll the dough into a 2-by-24-inch rectangle. Spread the onion mixture on top.

Step 9

Cut the dough crosswise into 10 pieces. Stack 9 pieces onion side up, then top with the final piece, onion-side down. Carefully lay the stack in the prepared loaf pan and brush with the reserved butter.

Step 10

Bake the loaf in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes, until it is golden and risen. Let the bread cool for at least 15 minutes before unmolding and serving.

Step 11

Makes one 9-inch loaf

NOTE: The unmolded loaf can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days. Rewarm before serving.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

Tags : Breads



This bread tastes wonderful. I think I stacked it a bit different than the recipe states by stacking sections in the bread pan in sections -- very good and fun to eat too! Thanks for sharing!

review by:
(8 Jan 2021)


We had a really hard time figuring out to make these. I think the instructions are very hard to understand. I found this recipe on Food and Wine and they showed a picture of it so I could see how we should have done it. Laying the layers like a deck of cards in the pan. We had stacked ours in layers and they didn't raise like they would have on their side in the pan. The flavor combination is good.

review by:
(19 Apr 2020)

dienia b

Wowsers mr pickys little czech heart loved these,i did a cheese blend ,refer to mr picky he loved the poppyseed and onion. Asked if he liked them and they were, and i quote, not bad as he at anther one. I didnt cook them together, see again mr picky but they worked as biscuits

review by:
(21 Oct 2019)