This post is sponsored by Red Star Yeast. I’ve been using Red Star for as long as I can remember and I’m happy to share this recipe with you using their Platinum quick rise yeast!
The rise time is minimal with this Ham and Pineapple Pizza Pull Apart Bread. Ready to bake in just over an hour, you’ll be glad you made this!
A loaf of fluffy, warm bread is a beautiful sight, don’t you think? Cutting into a fresh loaf of bread is one of my most favorite things to do when I want to take a break. Errands can wait. I’ll pay the bills in a little while. Right now all that matters is warm bread.
My family likes it when I make this pizza pull apart bread before a football game. It’s the ideal bread version of a ham and pineapple pizza and we love all things pizza!
My other half likes to watch football when he isn’t at work. Tay sits right next to him on the couch, sketch pad or notebook in her lap with pencils so she can sketch a little during the commercials or slow parts of the game. Picture my other half waving a piece of this pull apart bread around as he yells at the t.v. during the game. Now imagine Tay also yelling at the t.v. with her mouth full, pencils spilling onto the floor. I’m surprised there hasn’t been any pizza sauce or pineapple on the ceiling or the walls yet! The game might not always go as planned but at least they love the bread, right?
In case you’re wondering what I’m up to during the game I’m usually in the kitchen by choice preparing more snacks, walking into the living room every once in awhile to check and see if the teams are playing nice. I get really worked up when the referees play favorites (don’t we all?). Yeah, I totally scold the refs for not being fair even though they can’t hear me.
If you have a couple hours before the game, you should make this Ham and Pineapple Pull Apart Bread. Fortunately this recipe makes two loaves. It’s absolutely delicious and if you have friends coming over, you’ll need both loaves.
If this is going to be your first time baking with yeast, you’re in the right place! I’m always happy to answer or help you find the answer to your bread baking questions.
This bread is ready to bake in just over an hour if you use Red Star’s Platinum Yeast as instructed in the recipe. I’ve made this bread a couple hours before a football game and people were digging in right before kickoff. It wasn’t even done cooling yet.
Are you ready to give it a try?
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- 5 cups unbleached white bread flour
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ¾ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 packet (¼ oz.) Red Star Platinum Yeast
- 1½ cup milk, lukewarm
- ¼ cup softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of tomato sauce
- 12 oz chopped ham (I used sliced ham not cubes)
- 4 cups shredded cheese
- 14 oz can pineapple chunks
- In a large bowl combine flour, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, herbs, sugar and yeast. Stir to evenly mix the ingredients.
- In a separate bowl combine milk, butter and eggs. Mix together, scrambling eggs and completely combining the wet ingredients.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until everything comes together to make a dough. This will start out as a wet dough. Turn out onto a heavily floured surface and hand knead for about 8 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
- Grease the bottom of the mixing bowl lightly with a non stick spray or lightly coat with butter. Place dough in the bowl, turn and flip so the top is lightly coated with spray (or butter). Cover and let it rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. It should nearly double in size.
- Grease two loaf pans with non-stick spray.
- Gently punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough in half and place one of the halves back in the bowl, rolling out the other one into a rectangle. This next step will be messy but worth it!
- Once the dough is rolled out into a rectangle measuring approximately 18 by 10 inches, evenly spread one cup of tomato sauce on top of the dough.
- Sprinkle on 2 cups of shredded cheese evenly on top of the tomato sauce, then spread half of the ham on top of the cheese. Top with half of the pineapple chunks.
- Cut the dough into five strips using a knife or pizza cutter going the shortest direction. Your strips should be about 3 ½ by 10 inches long.
- Stack the strips on top of each other with the tomato sauce layer on top. Cut into four equal pieces. Lay the pieces in the greased loaf pan, cut side up.
- Repeat with the second half of the dough to form the second loaf.
- Cover pans and let the loaves rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. They won’t quite double in size.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F while the loaves are rising.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Let them cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf pan, then remove from the pan and cool directly on a wire rack.
- Serve warm.