This Vegan Cheese Bread is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. It’s a fun pull apart style bread that’s stuffed with vegan garlic butter and homemade Melty Vegan Cheese. Serve it as pull apart appetizer or as a family dinner side dish.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Indulgent. This vegan cheese bread is not your typical garlic bread! It’s perfectly savory, cheesy and great as an appetizer or a family sharing side! I personally love dipping it in my Vegan Tofu Bolognese Sauce or Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup.
- Ready in less than an hour! This includes prep time for making my homemade melty vegan cheese that’s been approved by non-vegans!
- It’s impressive looking, yet easy. Great for holiday parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, family gatherings, or fun family dinners.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- melty vegan cheese – I love using my homemade cheese in this vegan cheese bread recipe because I can make it quickly with pantry staples and it actually melts! Most store-bought vegan cheeses don’t melt because they contain lots of preservatives and they’re also usually expensive!
- vegan butter – I used Earth Balance’s butter stick in this recipe, but I also love Miyoko’s butter.
- garlic – Fresh minced garlic is essential to a good garlic bread! I don’t recommend substituting with garlic powder, but in a pinch, jarred minced garlic should work.
- flat leaf parsley – Fresh parsley is also essential to a fresh tasting garlic bread! I recommend flat leaf parsley (also called Italian parsley) over curly-leaf parsley. Curly-leaf parsley is usually reserved as a garnish, whereas flat-leaf is great for dicing up and adding into dishes.
- boule – I like using a big round boule for this recipe, but you can use any shaped bread you’d like! Sourdough, Italian loaf, or a round french bread would all work great.
How to Successfully Cut This Bread
Cutting this bread is very easy, but there are a couple of thing to keep in mind.
- Use a long, thin serrated knife. You want the knife to be long enough where you can saw across the entire length of the boule at once. The serrated blade will also help you cut through the bread without using any pressure.
- Let the knife do all the work. Gently saw back and forth through the bread and it will be much easier.When I was first testing this recipe, I was using a lot of pressure to slice through the bread and it was both flattening my loaf and breaking off pieces of the cubed bread.
- Cut to the very bottom of the boule, but not through it. You want the whole loaf to remain intact on the bottom so slice just to the bottom, but not through the bottom crust.
Two Ways to Slice The Bread
- Slice it into half-slices. This style vegan cheese bread is great for family dinners because it’s still a fun pull apart bread but less messy and easier to serve as a side.
- Slice it into cubes. This is great for serving this vegan cheese bread as a fun pull-apart appetizer where you’ll pull out pieces of bread with your fingers.
Step by Step Instructions
- Slice the bread. Slice the bread according to your preference (see the two options in the image directly above).
- Prepare the vegan garlic butter. Melt the vegan butter, then add in the minced garlic and diced parsley and whisk to combine.
- Brush the inside of the bread with the garlic butter. Using a pastry brush or a spoon, liberally brush the insides of each slice (or cube) of bread with the garlic butter mixture. Keep going until you’ve used all of the garlic butter. Don’t be conservative here – you want every nook and cranny to get some buttery goodness!
- Stuff the bread with the melty vegan cheese. I find this easiest to do with a reusable piping bag. Reusable piping bags are a little thicker than ziplock bags so the heat from the warm melty cheese won’t hurt your hands and you can very cleanly stuff the bread with the cheese.
If you don’t have a reusable piping bag, you can use a large ziplock bag with corner snipped off or as a last resort, spoon it in.
- Bake! Wrap the vegan cheese bread in foil and bake for 15-20 minutes to warm through. Then, open up the foil, and bake the bread for an additional 10 minutes so it can get nice and crusty on the outside!
I have not tested it, so I cannot advise. My initial thought is that may work as most vegan butter is primarily oil, however you would need to add salt/additional flavoring as vegan butter is salted.
A french baguette won’t work very well because it is much tougher and crusty and will be difficult to stuff well. I would recommend substituting a soft, Italian loaf if preferred.
Yes, however store-bought vegan cheese doesn’t melt as well as my homemade cheese!
- Take your time slicing the bread. The cleaner the bread is sliced, the easier it will be to stuff the bread without breaking pieces off. The closer you cut to the bottom of the loaf will also help guests and family pull full pieces out for the easiest pull apart bread.
- Use a piping bag or ziplock bag with corner snipped off to stuff cheese in. This seriously makes this process so much cleaner and easier. My favorite to use is a reusable piping bag with a metal tip to help push the cheese all the way to the bottom.
What to Serve this Bread With?
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Vegan Cheese Bread (Pull Apart Bread)
- Prepare the vegan melty cheese and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, Fahrenheit.
- Using a long, thin serrated knife, slice the sour dough bread into 1 inch slices down to the bottom of the bread. Be careful not to slice through the bottom crust - we want the bread to stay intact.
- Turn the bread and make slices down to the bottom of the bread again to make about 1 inch cubes. Again, slice just to the bottom, but not through it!
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted vegan butter, minced garlic, and minced fresh parsley.
- Using a pastry brush, liberally brush the vegan garlic butter between all the slices of bread.
- Transfer the melty vegan cheese to a reusable decorating piping bag or a large gallon ziplock with corner snipped off and pipe the mozzarella cheese in between all the slices of bread. See photos for reference.
- Finally, wrap loaf in tin foil and place on baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes wrapped in foil. Then bake an additional 10 minutes without foil.
- Top with fresh parsley and serve immediately.
- There is no substitute for the tapioca flour in the melty vegan cheese recipe.
- If you find you have leftover cheese, it makes a good grilled cheese or use it for anything you'd use mozzarella in.
General note about salt
Please pay attention to the type of salt called for in the recipe (if applicable). Not all salts are made equal and cannot be substituted 1 for 1. If you are substituting table salt for kosher salt, you will need to cut the amount called for in the recipe by at least half.
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Disclaimer: The Nutritional Information provided for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the facts listed is not and cannot be guaranteed.