Cheesy, herby, spinach and artichoke pull apart pretzel bread. Two words…The Best! Soft, buttery, and salty pretzel dough, layered with cheesy spinach and artichoke dip, baked in the oven, and served warm. Serve this at your next party, perfect for game day, or just as an easy appetizer. Either way, everyone will thank you.

front on photo Herbed Spinach and Artichoke Pull Apart Pretzel Bread with piece missing to expose the filling

Hello and happy Tuesday (that feels like a Monday). I hope you all had a fun, but relaxing long weekend, and are left feeling re-energized and ready to face the remainder of the week. The days following Labor Day are always so exciting to me. I love that there’s a new crispness in the air, excitement for fall foods, Sunday night football, talk of Halloween, and yes even the impending holiday season. I know some of this may seem a little premature, but just admit it, you are totally thinking the same!

It’s always sad to say goodbye to carefree summer days, but there’s something I love so much about this time of year. My food cravings slightly shift, and I begin to think more along the lines of slow cooker dinners, apple desserts, and game day recipes. With football season officially starting back up this week, I thought it would be fun to share a new recipe that’s perfect for entertaining and happily munching your way through the game with family and friends.

Enter this addictingly good herbed spinach and artichoke pull apart pretzel bread. Really all I have to say is this, if you try one new thing this month, it needs to be this cheesy pull apart bread, it is the BEST.

Herbed Spinach and Artichoke Pull Apart Pretzel Bread dough before being stacked

{dough cut into squares before being stacked}

Herbed Spinach and Artichoke Pull Apart Pretzel Bread dough stacked before baking

{dough squares stacked into 4 stacks}

I made this bread on a whim last week, unsure of how it was going to turn out. But about five minutes into making the spinach and artichoke filling, I knew this bread was going to be good.

Let me break it down for you. Softy, buttery, and salty homemade pretzel dough, layered with a three cheese spinach and artichoke filling, baked, and serve warm.

It’s like spinach and artichoke dip with soft pretzels, but better because they’re baked together to create one incredibly delicious bread. I mean, it’s honestly too good.

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Here are the details.

Start with the homemade pretzel dough. This is simple. You just need your basic bread dough ingredients plus a coarse salt. I love using this pretzel salt (order it guys, it’s good), but sea salt works in a pinch too. The key to soft pretzel dough is a little bit of butter in the dough. It makes the dough really easy to work with, keeps it flavorful, and well, extra soft!

For the filling, I did a simple version of spinach and artichoke dip with mascarpone cheese, fontina cheese, and parmesan. I seasoned it with fresh thyme, garlic, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. I love the addition of the thyme here. Not going to lie, I can find spinach and artichoke dip to be more on the boring side, but the simple addition of a fresh herbs, like thyme, takes it to something special.

front angle photo of Herbed Spinach and Artichoke Pull Apart Pretzel Bread being pulled apart

When the dough is ready, you’ll roll out into a rectangle, spread with the spinach and artichoke filling, and then cut the dough into squares. Stack the squares (see my photos for visuals so you are not totally confused when making this, promise it’s really easy, just hard to explain) and then layer them in a bread pan.

Let the bread rise one more time, then bake, and EAT.

You have to eat this warm, right out of the oven it’s the only way to serve it. If you’d like to prepare the bread ahead of time, you can assemble it in full, cover and place the bread in the fridge until you are ready to bake. Then just pull the bread dough out of the fridge while the oven preheats and bake as directed.

My recommendation? Test out this bread tonight, enjoy it for dinner, maybe alongside this soupand start to welcome the beginning of cozy food season. Sounds perfect!

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Also, you should know that as I type this it could not feel more like fall here. It’s a little after 9pm and I can feel the chill in the air outside (because my I have old barn doors and there is a serious draft). I’m typing this post up huddled by my oven and just like that I am back in my coziest spot, and it feels like fall again. All I need now is my favorite candle.

I realize most of you are still experiencing hot temperatures, but around here the weather is shifting. It’s cozy food weather and I am so into it.

Next cookbook I write should be, Half Baked Harvest the coziest recipes

What do you think?!

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If you make this spinach and artichoke pull apart bread, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram so I can see! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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The Recipe

Herbed Spinach and Artichoke Pull Apart Pretzel Bread

Soft, buttery, and salty pretzel dough, layered with cheesy spinach and artichoke dip, baked in the oven, and served warm. Serve this at your next party, perfect for game day, or just as an easy appetizer.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 0 8-10
Calories 314 kcal

Ingredients

Pretzel Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 1/2-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • coarse pretzel salt or sea salt, for sprinkling

Spinach and Artichoke Filling

  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry of excess water
  • 1 jar (6-8 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

Instructions

  1. 1. to make the dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, yeast, honey, 3 1/2 cups flour, salt, and butter. Using the dough hook, mix until the flour is completely incorporated, about 4-5 minutes. if the dough feels too sticky, add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour.

    2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

    3. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a medium bowl, combine the mascarpone, fontina, parmesan, garlic, thyme, and a pinch of crushed red pepper and salt. Stir in the spinach and artichokes. 

    4. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper. 

    5. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Evenly spread the dough with the filling. Cut the rectangle into about 16 equal squares. Stack the squares into 4x4 stacks (see above photo) and then arrange the squares vertically in the prepared loaf pan. Cover the pan with a clean towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes, until puffy. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

    6. Brush the top of the bread with water and sprinkle with coarse salt. Transfer the bread to the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bread is cooked through. Remove from the oven and let sit 5 minutes. Carefully lift the dough out of the pan and transfer to a serving plate. Serve warm. Enjoy. 

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