An impressive but simple Pull-Apart Bread with a filling inspired by the humble Chiko Roll.
When was the last time you had a Chiko Roll? For me, it was years ago but it’s one of those flavours you never forget. The fact that we are coming up to Australia Day and wanting to bake some true blue Aussie treats are what inspired this Chiko Roll Pull Apart Bread.
This is actually the first time I’ve made a Pull-Apart Bread and I was sure it was going to be an absolute failure. I mean, up until this, I hadn’t even been happy with a loaf of bread that I’d made. I’ve had more and more practice though over the last year with yeast and breadmaking and the hard work has finally paid off. Trial and error brought me to this bread recipe but you’ll find that many simple white bread recipes are similar, so if you have a favourite you can go ahead and use this here. If you’re new to making bread, you seriously can’t go wrong with this one.
I must say, I actually enjoy making bread (except of course the waiting). I think there is a certain zen about the whole process. You know, kneading and watching the transformation to that smooth ball of dough. Setting the bread in warm place and watching how it grows. You can’t help but throw some love into the recipe when it requires some attention. I use my stand mixer to do most of the heavy kneading for me and then I just join in for the glory moment at the end where I give it a few final kneads until smooth.
This recipes gives you some creative license too. You can create whatever shape you like. I just loved doing the sunburst loaf. So impressive and easy for people to grab a piece. Each little sunray is the perfect size. For good measure, I also did a standard loaf shape Pull-Apart as well. Whichever design you choose, have some fun with it.
When I googled Chiko Roll recipes there are quite a few out there. Some look bizarre but I kept coming back to this one. I must admit, I really had no idea what was in a Chiko Roll. Whenever I’ve eaten one, I’ve decided it’s best not to ask, just enjoy. They are (surprisingly to me) filled with good healthy ingredients. Beef mince, cabbage, carrot, celery, green beans and pearl barley. Who knew? In fact, there is actually very little that isn’t healthy. Apparently, the Chiko Roll was developed back in the 1950’s, and inspired by the Chinese Spring Roll
I always find describing how to do things quite difficult, so if I don’t make sense that’s what these pictures are for 🙂
I’ll definitely be rolling this bread dough recipe out again for various recipes as it really didn’t take much effort for it to just work.
Give this Pull-Apart bread a go for your Australia Day party. You won’t be sorry. Yum, yum 🙂
This week last year