pesto, salami and black olive tear and share bread

tear and share pesto bread

tear and share pesto bread

Somewhat inspired by recent challenges on Great British Bake Off, I thought about making some tear and share bread. When left to my own devices things often take a Mediterranean direction. I’d not tried tear and share (or pull-apart to my American friends) before so started with a basic bread recipe and moved out from there.

I was off round a friend’s so though about taking some nice savoury bread with me. (As it turned out he cancelled so poor old me, I had to eat the whole thing myself.)

I started with a standard yeast dough, no surprises here.

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Left to rise until doubled…

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Folded in my deli ingredients and shaped. I made the swirls first (just a sausage shape wrapped around itself – I’ve been making my daughter’s hair into a bun lately so it kinda reminded me of shaping that). The leftover dough was left as a round roll in the centre.

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And whaddya know, it turned out great.

tear and share pesto bread

I’ll definitely be making variations on this tear and share recipe again. PS. I was making mine ready for about 8 people so made a fairly large one (about 30 cm across!), so do scale up / down your ingredients as required.

tear and share pesto bread

pesto, salami and black olive tear and share bread


  • 750 g bread flour
  • 2 x 7 g sachets yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 5 slices salami diced
  • 12 black olives halved
  • 100 g green pesto I like Sacla'


  • In x warm water add the yeast and sugar, whisk lightly to combine and leave while you get the dried stuff ready.
  • Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well and add half the yeasty water. Combine well then keep adding water until everything in the bowl comes together. Turn out on a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes into a smooth, pliable dough. Cover and leave in a warm place to rise for about 45 minutes.
  • After this time, knock it back and incorporate the herbs, salami and olives. Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Take one piece and roll it into a sausage shape. Spread this on one side with some of the pesto (like toast), then twist the dough into a spiral shape. Repeat for 4 more of the pieces, and leave the sixth as a smooth ball. Arrange on your baking tray and leave to prove for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C. Bake for 25 - 35 minutes, until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Because the bread is an irregular shape, you should check all over the bread, and it's probably a good idea to rotate the loaf 180 degrees mid-bake to keep it even.

Want more bread recipes?

Try my tiger bread

Or for a special occasion, Heston-inspired mushroom parfait and walnut bread

My Custard Pie’s courgette loaf looks like a right treat

Something sweeter? Try Utterlyscrummy’s cinnamon pull-apart bread

Perhaps a more recognisable deli-topped bread? Check out Greedy Gourmet’s artichoke and sun-dried tomato pizza


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