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Turmeric And Herbs Pull Apart Loaf – Recipes To Wash The Winter Blues Away

A  warm  sunny   bread  for  the   cold  days , that  is  what  this  loaf is.   The  color of the loaf itself  brings a smile to  the  face.   This  lovely pull apart loaf  is  meant  for  sharing, just  get  everyone  around  the  table and   dig  in.  Serve  it  with  a  bowl of  soup ,  salad,  some spicy curry or just  by itself as a snack.

Turmeric And Herb Pull Apart Loaf

But  right  now   with  the mercury plummeting  a  hearty bowl of  stew  is  what  I will  pair  it  with .To be fair I  should  be  thankful,  our  winters  are very mild. But living  in southern California  does  spoil  one a  little  bit.  As  soon as   the temperatures go below 70°F, we  don our  sweaters  and wrap a scarf lazily  around  the  necks to boot.  Now  it is  quite probable  that  we  might  still be  wearing  flip flops 😉 . You see we  are  scared  that  the  warm  clothes won’t  see  the light of  day other wise.

Coming  back to the  bread – this  bread  was   something  I had  been  contemplating  for   some  time.    It reminds  me  of  Methi  Tepla , the  delicious spicy flat bread  from   Gujarath   and  the  Chinese  Cong You Bing,   the  scallion flat  bread. My son told  me  that it is the hungry caterpillar ! Now  I did not  quite see  that..  It is  pretty, it  has  sections  and  well I guess  I can  see a  bit  of  caterpillar  there.

Turmeric And Herb Pull Apart Loaf

Guess from this angle it does look like a caterpillar a bit .. Maybe  if  I had folded  each sections it   would  have  been  more  of a  caterpillar.  Well that  is  another project  for  another  day.

Back to the  bread – the  wonderful  golden yellow  color  comes  from turmeric  and  it  was a  fun bake .  the  scallions  add the  bit of  crunch and  keep  the  bread  very moist. I like  to serve  it   with curries, instead of  Naan. I have added  a  little  cumin to  give  it a  hint   of  smoky flavor, and  it  did  go very well  with  the other  flavors.

There  isn’t  any secret  to  making  this.   Once your  bread   dough has   risen, punch down  and   roll out  into a  rectangle.  Spread  the  herbed  butter   evenly on top. Slice, stack  in the   loaf  pan  and  bake.  Here it is in pictures 🙂 . You could  roll it  out  much  thinner  and  make  more  sections. But  since my plan was  to  serve  it  with  a Spicy Chicken Stew – I made these about 1/4 inch thick.

Making Turmeric And Herb Pull Apart Loaf


Don’t  worry if  the pieces   do not  stack  tightly. As   it  rises the  dough fills in the  gaps creating interesting  visual elements.

You could  use a  store  bought  bread  dough for  this  recipe.  The  dough  recipe  here uses  about  1/3  whole  wheat  flour  and  is  very  lean.  The  moisture  from herbs  and  the  butter   between  the  slices   acts almost like  steam injection  during  baking  and  creates a lovely oven  spring.   The  resulting  loaf is soft  and  airy.
Turmeric And Herb Pull Apart Loaf

Don’t you wish you could just pull out a piece too ??

So here is  the   recipe …

Turmeric And Herb Pull Apart Loaf

Turmeric And Herbs Pull Apart Loaf

By Syama
A sunny, herb filled loaf perfect for sharing.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 Loaf


For Bread

  • 170 g WW Flour ( or 1 1/2 C)
  • 330 g AP Flour (3 C )
  • 300 g Water (1 1/4 C)
  • 10 g Yeast (1Tbsp)
  • 1 Tsp Honey
  • 10 g Fine Sea Salt (2 Tsp)
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder Optional

For The Filling

  • 50 g Unsalted Butter (1/4 C)
  • 1/2 C Chopped Scallions
  • 1/4 C Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 g Salt (1/4 Tsp)


Activate Yeast

  • Warm the water to 110°F, or just warm to touch. Pour about 1/4 C of water into a small bowl and mix the honey in. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes in a warm place. The yeast should become active the the solution should become frothy. If not discard and try again.

Make Dough

  • Take The the flours in a large mixing bowl. Add salt, turmeric and the cumin powder to it. Mix well. Make a well in the center and add the yeast solution. Start kneading by slowly mixing the flour to the yeast solution. Add more water as necessary. Once all the flour has become moist knead for about 10 minutes till the dough turns soft and pliable. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover and let it rest in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Make Filling

  • Soften the butter and add salt and the chopped scallions and cilantro(or your favorite herbs). Mix well and set aside.

Shape The Dough

  • Lightly grease the loaf pan (8.5 X 4.5 or 9 X 5) and set aside.
  • Punch down the risen dough and turn it out onto a floured work surface. Using a rolling pin roll the dough out into a rectangle of about 12 inches by 18 inches. Spread the butter mix evenly on top. Cut the rectangle into long strips, such that each strip is a little less wide than the size of the loaf pan. Stack the strips and slice them in quarters. Arrange the pieces in the loaf pan so that each of the pieces sit vertically. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until almost doubled.


  • Place the rack in the center of the oven and pre-heat to 375°F (190°C). Uncover the loaf and place in the oven. Reduce the heat to 350°F (175°C) and bake for 30 minutes, or until done. When baked the bread will barely begin to brown on the top.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before taking out.
  • Separate the individual slices if freezing.


  • US cup measurements are used.
  • Volume measurements are approximate, it could change depending on the ingredient brands, and measuring techniques used.
  • I have used a 9 X 5 loaf pan. When using other sizes change the bake time accordingly.
  • Use your favorite green herbs in this recipe. Mix in finely chopped green chilies for an extra spice surprise.
  • Use unbleached, unbromated flour, preferably organic.

Important: Nutrition Values are estimates. Actuals vary based on ingredients and serving size.

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If  you are  using  a  stand  mixer

  • Activate  the yeast
  • Mix  all dry ingredients  int eh stand  mixer bowl.  Attach the  dough  hook and mix  for  low  for  15  seconds.
  • Pour in the  actvated  yeast  and   the  water.  Mix  on low  speed  for 1  to 2  minutes  for the ingredients  to be  combined well.
  • Turn off  cover , the  bowl and  rest  for  10  to 20 minutes.
  • Mix in  speed  setting  2  (or medium or  the  manufacture’s recommendation for  dough  setting) for 4  to 5  minutes.
  • Remove the  dough  on to a  kneading  surface.   Knead a few times  and  form into a  ball.
  • Proceed as in the  recipe.

Turmeric And Herb Pull Apart Loaf

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