Pull-Apart Bread

Lemon and chia seed pull apart breadTrey has been bugging me to make something with chia seeds. He will suggest recipe ideas every now and again. Some are really specific (and urgent/brought up often) while others are as simply stated as something like, "Hey you should make something with chia seeds." To which I was like, "You mean like chia pets? That's more of a DIY idea don't you think." But no, actually he was talking about eating chia seeds. Turns out, they are super healthy for you.How to make pull apart breadSo I bought some. And then two months went by without me thinking of them again. And then I started dreaming about pull apart bread. I just love all the layers! I had plans to make something with poppy seeds and lemon. And as I was looking around my cabinets for poppy seeds, I saw my forgotten bag of chia seeds slouched over in the corner. And that my friends is how this bread came to be. A planted idea, a forgotten bag, a dream of bread… it's all very Inception like, no?

No, nothing like Inception? Like at all? Ok cool. Let's just make bread.Chia seed breadLemon & Chia Seed Pull Apart Bread, adapted from here

1/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chia seeds
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:
3 tablespoon melted butter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest

Dissolve 1 teaspoon of the 1/4 cup sugar in the warm water. Stir in the yeast and allow to sit and foam/bubble for 5 minutes. In a bowl combine the flour, the remaining sugar, salt and chia seeds and stir together. Melt the butter with the milk over low heat until just melted and then remove from heat. Pour in the yeast mixture and stir. Pour in the butter mixture and stir. Add in the eggs and vanilla and stir in. Now use your clean hands to lightly knead the dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow to rise for 1 hour.Lemon sugarIn the mean time zest a few lemons. Use your hands to press the zest into the cup of sugar, releasing the oils.

When your dough is ready punch it down and then roll it out on a lightly floured surface You want the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick. Brush the melted butter over all the dough. Sprinkle the lemon sugar over the dough evenly. Cut the dough into long strips, so that the width of the dough could easily fit in a bread pan. place the strips over each other and then cut into squares. Place all the squares in a lightly greased bread pan.Lemon chia seed breadBake at 350°F for 32-35 minutes until the top is golden brown, but the center is no longer raw. Allow to cool for 5-8 minutes before you try removing it from the pan.Lemon pull apart breadThis bread is best when served warm. Yum! Serve alongside coffee for a breakfast treat or a late afternoon snack. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

  • Yum!! Can’t wait to try these!


  • This looks amazing. I definitely want to try making it.


  • I made this last night and it’s amaaaazing. I feel I should save some til my boyfriend visits me at the weekend, do you think it will freeze ok?

  • I love anything with lemon in it, so I’ll have to try it!



  • What a great idea! I love chia seed pudding and things, but I’ve never thought to use them instead of poppy seeds. But now I shall. Oh yum, oh yum. Thank you for this!

  • Yum, I have everything here except for lemon, I think I might be hitting the shops on my way home tomorrow 🙂

  • This. Looks. Amazing!! I’m a big lemon poppyseed fan, but I’ve recently learned a lot about chia seeds- this is a great way to use them more!! Thanks!!

  • This bread looks som yammy! And tasty! And perfect because I love chia seeds 🙂

    Sofia G

  • Looks perfect! I’ll do it as soon as possible! 😛 jeje Thank u Emma! ;D

  • looks delicious! love chia and lemon! excited to try this little twist on lemon poppyseed loaf, which is one of my favourites!

  • I love putting chia seeds in my oatmeal, adds a little crunch.

  • This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try this for our Sunday breakfast!

  • You should try making chia seed porridge with coconut milk. So yummy! And no cooking needed. Chia seeds are like crazy flax seeds, and make water into gel.

  • Looks so delicious ! and I love the “pull-apart” thing…


  • Love pull-apart bread, though I’ve never tried making it before! When you say “all-purpose flour”, do you mean bread flour? Or the kind of flour that you use to make cakes and cookies, etc.?

    (I think it’s very Inception, anyway.)

  • Looks delicious !!!
    Love from Paris

  • Mmmmmmm, this looks so tempting and delish- I’d have to remind myself that it’s supposed to be to share!Rx


  • Raaaah ok perfect ! we are going to do that tonight !

  • This looks interesting. I´ve never heard from chia seed before.

  • Is there a way to veganize this bread? I’m dying to make it!

  • I have never made a pull-apart bread I have to try it it looks so good .Elena

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  • This looks so tempting! thank you for sharing girls!

  • I put Chia seeds in my smoothies. 🙂 I pinned a recipe for a Chia Vanilla Spice pudding that I am hoping to make so time.

  • yum! this looks excellent. i wish i had the ingredients right now
    kw ladies in navy

  • hmmmmmmm…..this has to be DELICIOUS.

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  • Yum! You make everything look so simple, I love it! Thank you for yet another awesome recipe 🙂

  • wow amazzzing idea! i love poppy seed muffins, so this would be an awesome twist on it!

  • I love a good pull apart bread! this sounds fantastic!

  • I love chia seeds. I can’t wait to try them out this way!

  • Wow this looks super delicious! I might have to try these out.



  • I love making things with chia seeds! They always make me feel a little extra healthy!

  • YUMMY DELICIOUSNESS! We made meyer lemon and poppy seed pull apart bread recently. So so good 🙂

  • Oh that sounds delightful! So delicious!
    Juliette Laura

  • just as an fyi – too much chia seed consumption, especially if your body isn’t used to them, can lead to a whole host of nasty side effects. people can be allergic to them also. while they are typically good for you, they’re so “in” right now that many people aren’t taking the time to learn enough about what they are injesting and just go whole hog with it.

  • I want to cook every single recipe you ever post, seriously. Oh, they all look SO good. And this bread looks so cool!

  • wow this sounds amazing! really need to try out the recipe!

    Hannah xx

  • yummy! looks great!
    loved to try this one day!

    – Janine

  • This has to be one of the most delicious and coolest looking breads I’ve seen, I have to try it!

  • Nice, I love the substitute of chia seeds!

    It’s totally like Inception. Errr kind of 🙂

  • I love pull-apart, so easy to share!

    Carina xx

  • It looks so delicious! Like the fact it has lemon in it as well, definitely trying this one out soon.


  • Thank you for sharing this, Emma! I’ve really been wanting to incorporate chia seeds into my diet, and this is a great way to start! 🙂

  • Sounds so good! I want try this sometime this week! Thanks for sharing Emma 🙂

    Lulu xx


  • OO, that is perfect idea and I ll try it. Looks soo yummy. Have a nice day.


  • This looks AAAMAZING!


  • I love lemon flavored foods! The chia is like a nutritious spin on poppy seed. Clever!


  • Looks delicious! I’ve been hearing a lot about chia seeds lately and have been thinking of growing them to add to meals. Great recipe. Thank you.


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  • What a great idea using chia-seeds in a bread! It looks absolutely delicious

  • This is too much for me. I have a whole ABM to-cook-list on my wunderlist app. I cannot keep up with all the delicious stuff. Puh….

  • Looks delicious!

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  • Dreaming of this bread! Looks so good! It’s funny, I have had “chia seeds” on my chalkboard written the past few weeks.

  • Ooh I love pull apart bread! I’ve also been wanting to try chia seeds so this recipe is perfect for me 🙂

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