Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread

Y’all are going to hate me for this.

You’ll never forgive me. You’ll shun me. You’ll kick me off the internet and call me names.

I don’t care, though. I deserve to be punished. I’ve been a bad girl.

You see, I made this bread. This crazy, outrageous, ridiculous bread stuffed with cheese and bacon and chives and one of those delicious little packets of ranch dressing mix and now I can’t stop eating it, talking about it, or dreaming about it.

I’m sorry. I can’t help myself.

In fact, let’s all just blame Jessica for this. She started it with her stupid Cheesy Puff bread. How dare she? Doesn’t she know how dangerous cheesy bread is? I just, you know, took the idea and added bacon and ranch. I really don’t think I should be held accountable for completely trashing your diets and ruining all other breads for you.

Trust me when I tell you that this bread is addicting. It’s entirely possible that I ate half of the loaf myself and then took to slapping hands anytime someone else came near it. There’s no video evidence or anything, though, so I admit to nothing.


Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread


  • Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread
  • adapted from How Sweet Eats
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing or dip mix
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1/3 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook mix together 1 cup of the all-purpose flour and all of the whole wheat flour with the sugar, yeast, salt, chives, bacon, and ranch dressing.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the milk and butter until the butter is melted. Set aside for 1 minute and then add the water to the milk/butter mixture. Add the milk mixture to the flour and stir to combine. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until each is well combined. This will take a few minutes. Add in the grated cheddar cheese and mix well. Add the remaining flour and knead until the flour is well incorporated. The dough will be quite sticky, but resist adding more flour.
  3. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and let rise, covered, for one hour. Punch down the dough. Lightly flour your workspace and roll the dough out into a large rectangle about 12 x 15 inches.
  4. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough from top to bottom in 6 strips. Stack the strips on top of each other and then cut them all again into 6 squares.
  5. Butter and flour a 9x5 loaf pan. Layer the squares into the pan cut side down - the squares should be standing up, not laying down flat. It will appear as though your dough is too small for your pan, but when it rises it will fill it up. Cover the dough with a towel and let rise for one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Try not to burn your fingers while ripping pieces of bread off right out of the oven.

adapted from How Sweet Eats


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43 Responses to “Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread”

  1. Margaret July 14, 2011 @ 8:29 pm (#

    O My, This will be dangerous in my house. That looks incredible. If I make this one and the cinnamon one like it I won’t have to cook for at least 2 meals!! Thanks, I think!!


  2. Shelbi July 14, 2011 @ 8:32 pm (#

    This looks AMAZING! I want to try it and the cinnamon like it! NOM NOM NOM


  3. Michelle July 14, 2011 @ 8:34 pm (#

    I saw Jessica’s cheesy pull apart bread and it screamed add BACON! but you took it to a whole new level with Ranch. I can’t wait to make this. The bread is so addicting. I made the lemon pull apart bread. I seriously ate half a loaf myself. You walk by and its begging you to just take another slice… Heck, its already cut for you :)


  4. Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery July 14, 2011 @ 8:44 pm (#



  5. Mercedes July 15, 2011 @ 5:37 am (#

    HOLY COW! that looks and sounds AMAZING! I will definitely have to try this!


  6. StephenC July 15, 2011 @ 5:40 am (#

    I wish I could convince myself to bake – but I can’t. Please come and make this bread for me.


  7. shelly (cookies and cups) July 15, 2011 @ 5:44 am (#

    I have been trying to forget Jessica’s bread. Trying hard.
    Now, you have stirred up all the bad thoughts.
    I had just gotten control and you have awaken the inner bread eater.
    It’s all your fault.

    However, I am convinced that those Ranch seasoning packets are a gift from the angels. I am fancy like that.


  8. Erin July 15, 2011 @ 9:23 am (#

    Definitely a very bad, yet amazingly good, girl for making this.


  9. Joanne July 15, 2011 @ 11:14 am (#

    Without video evidence, you can’t be tried in a court of law. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Or at least…that’ll BE my story when I make this. Oy. My thighs.


  10. Gina DeBiasi July 15, 2011 @ 11:29 am (#

    Karly..I’m going to try this tomorrow without the wheat flour..just more of the good ole white stuff? You think that will be OK or should I buy wheat flour? Never use it for anything else so hate to have it sitting in the cupboard attracting weevils or whatever it is that 5 year old flour attracts. Nother dumb question..instant yeast? I buy those little packets of yeast..usually 3 in a strip. Is that the yeast you’re talking about or is there a whole world of yeast I’m unaware of?


  11. Amy's Cooking Adventures July 15, 2011 @ 6:51 pm (#

    Oh this looks great–I bet it is nice with soup in the winter!


  12. Chad Sheridan July 15, 2011 @ 9:51 pm (#

    Ohhh, looks good, going to have to give it a whirl, though I don’t stock any instant yeast in the house, so I’ll try doing it the old fashioned way with putting yeast and sugar in a bowl with the water warmed for 10 min while I get everything else together. I’ll play with it a bit and let you know how it turns out.


  13. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker July 16, 2011 @ 3:14 am (#

    I 100% do not hate you! I think i may love you! My hips may hate you though. I think they ballooned just looking at this post :) The texture of that bread just looks absolutely perfect n fluffy, and i can only imagine how it tastes! You are an evil genius! :)


  14. Becca July 16, 2011 @ 5:40 am (#

    I HATE you…no, I LOVE you…wait, I HATE you….no I don’t, I LOVE you

    Oh crap… I’m tired of fighting with myself. Pass the bread, please.


  15. Dalila G. July 16, 2011 @ 12:18 pm (#

    OMGOSH!!!! Talk about heaven!
    I wish I had a ‘smell now’ key on my computer, along with ‘sample now’ key. LOL!!
    This is going on my list of ‘must make’. :-)

    P.S. ~ I agree with Becca!


  16. Barbara July 17, 2011 @ 5:18 am (#

    Yep, you’re right. I do hate you for this. OMG. And I’ve already copied it. :)


  17. July 17, 2011 @ 5:21 pm (#

    OH my!! Must try this!!


  18. what katie's baking July 17, 2011 @ 10:28 pm (#

    i’ve been on the hunt for a savory version of this bread! this is perfecT!!


  19. Farrah@Farrah's Kitchen July 18, 2011 @ 10:28 am (#

    My husband will flip over this. I just hope he doesn’t try to eat the whole loaf by himself without sharing!
    This is a man’s dessert! (esp those that don’t eat it)


  20. Jaquelyn@chasin chuleta July 18, 2011 @ 3:00 pm (#

    This reminds me of a mix between challah bread and red lobsters cheddar biscuits, which both I am addicted to! This bread looks absolutely yummy though! I cant wait to try to make it!


  21. grace July 20, 2011 @ 2:08 am (#

    i love all the variations people are doing with that bread. this is a unique one, karly, and a stellar one, at that!


  22. Michelle July 27, 2011 @ 8:23 am (#

    Holy heck, this looks de-li-cious!!!!!


  23. zoom yummy July 31, 2011 @ 11:26 am (#

    Hi Karly!

    Love your site, your passion for food, and most of all, your passion for photography.

    Oh, and this pull-apart bread looks just amazing!

    :) Petra


  24. Stephanie August 6, 2011 @ 10:21 pm (#

    Can someone e-mail me some tips on how to make just the ranch pull apart bread? Could i just leave out the cheese bacon portion or is the recipe too big for just the ranch part. Greatly appreciated. (


  25. Amy August 27, 2011 @ 5:52 pm (#

    Hi Kathy, I want to ask if this recipe can be used in bread machine. put all ingredients in and let it rise and bake? It won’t be pull apart bread, just a regular looking loaf of bread. You think this would work? please advise. thanks.


  26. Amy August 27, 2011 @ 5:56 pm (#

    Hi Karly ( sorry I called you Kathy before ), I want to ask if this recipe can be used in bread machine. put all ingredients in and let it rise and bake? It won’t be pull apart bread, just a regular looking loaf of bread. You think this would work? please advise. thanks.


  27. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 10, 2011 @ 6:11 am (#

    This bread looks perfectly amazing! All great flavors in a yummy pull apart bread! Genius!


  28. Blanca September 12, 2011 @ 5:12 am (#

    If you love sweets here’s ‘Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread’… I made it last week and it was delish!


  29. Kat F November 7, 2011 @ 10:36 am (#

    I just made this this past weekend and I have to say it was pretty dense…like…very. I did it exactly according to instructions and didn’t start my yeast in warm water against my better judgement. I just threw it in w/my dry ingredients. I think for next time, I’ll start it first and add it in with my wet ingredients at the end. Flavors were great. I may even increase the amount of bacon next time and keep the ranch to half a packet so I can taste more of the cheese. Thanks for a great recipe that I’ll definitely make again.


    • Karly replied: — November 7th, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

      Sorry you had problems with it! Definitely give it another shot though, and let me know how it goes adding the yeast to the wet ingredients. I didn’t have any problems with it being dense, but maybe that’s your culprit! :)


  30. Ivan January 5, 2013 @ 4:03 am (#

    Is the title of the blog “pun intended”?


  31. Dan September 12, 2013 @ 9:05 pm (#

    Oh man, I just made this and it’s amazing.

    @Gina Debiasi I just made the made the bread with all purpose flour and it came out spectacular.


    • Karly replied: — September 12th, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)



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