Pimento Cheese Pecan Pull Apart Bread



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As you know, your girl loves her some autumn. I love autumn everything. I love the clothes, the weather, the drinks, the snacks. And I also loooove autumn weddings.

I’m currently in my car, driving up north to San Luis Obispo to celebrate my friends Samantha and Aaron! I’m staying at the Madonna Inn. Have you seen photos? It’s a crazy wild pink hotel that is straight out of a different decade. I can’t wait to dance and take photos of the fun interiors.

Another autumn item that I’m loving? Pecans. I love pecans and actually put them in everything from my smoothies to salads. I love their flavor and texture.

For this post I’m super excited to team up with the The American Pecan Council. This past few weeks I’ve learned so many cool, new-to-me facts about pecans…like, did you know they’re the only tree-nut indigenous to North America? They are.

Did you know their harvest is in fall? I suppose that makes sense! So at this time of year is when they’re at their freshest and in abundance. Pecans are harvested by literally shaking tall pecan trees, which are among the largest in the hickory family and the only major nut tree to grow in America naturally.

They also can be considered the superfoods of nuts—pecans are an amazing source of “good” monounsaturated fat, flavonoids, fiber, copper, zinc and thiamin.

Before I left, I was playing around putting pecans in a savory context and I think this combination is a total win.

When I was thinking about all the savory foods that have pecans, a pimento cheese ball (a recipe I made a long time ago), popped in my mind. This is basically a deconstructed pimento cheese ball.

This pull apart bread is full of all the good things: spicy, flavorful pimentos, shredded cheese and of course, pecans.

I love this dough because it’s super easy to throw together BUT if you’re feeling overwhelmed with the holidays and need a short cut, DO NOT hesitate to use store-bought pizza dough. It will work gloriously.

When I get back from the weekend, I can’t wait to share the progress of the kitchen. It’s so amazing to see it all come together and I can’t wait to post official after photos!

Have a beautiful weekend,


5 from 2 votes

Pimento Cheese Pecan Pull Apart Bread

Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours


For Dough: 

  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed slightly 
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast 
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt 
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour + more for rolling out 
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or cooking spray

For the filling/assembly: 

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup raw pecan pieces, chopped, divided
  • 1 4-ounce jar of diced pimentos, drained and patted dry with a paper towel, divided 


To make the dough: 

  • To a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the milk and instant yeast. Allow to stand for 5 to 7 minutes, until foamy.
  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the hook attachment, add the yeast/milk mixture, melted butter, eggs, salt and flour. Turn the mixer on medium speed and knead for 5 to 8 minutes, until the dough has formed a smooth ball. Rub the inside of a clean bowl with olive oil or coat with cooking spray and transfer the dough to the bowl. Grease the top of the ball of dough and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size. 

To assemble:

  • Spray or oil a 9-inch round cake pan or baking dish. Liberally flour your work surface and roll the dough into a 12x12-inch square that’s about 1/2-inch thick. Cut that into 36 squares. Roll the squares into balls. 
  • Place half of the balls into the prepared pan and top with half of the cheese, pecans and pimentos. Add the other half of dough balls and top with the remaining cheese, pecans and pimentos. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise, in a warm place, for 1 hour or until doubled in size. 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until top is golden brown and puffed. 
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  1. Interesting post….this recipe is simply Southern. Southern Pimento Cheese and with the southerners beloved Pecan;

  2. cutest cheese balls! i love that photo of the dough cut up all ready to be rolled. pimento cheese and pecan – heart eyes!

  3. Love the Madonna Inn! SLO is actually my hometown and we used to have Christmas dinner there every year growing up. So cheesy and so great, make sure you check out the men’s waterfall bathroom.

    I have a TON of Slo recommendations if you’re interested… have a great time! 🙂

    Luna Red for cocktails
    Giuseppes for Italian
    Firestone for tri tip
    Ciopinot for.. Ciopinot (no corkage fee so bring your wine from wine tasting)
    Kynsi Winery
    Saucelito Canyon Winery
    Baileyana Winery
    Avila Valley Barn – huckeberry pie and homemade ice cream, plus barn animals lol

    1. Ahh that’s so fun! I definitely will check out the men’s waterfall. Thanks for the recommendations! I’ll only be there for like half a day but I definitely want to check out Avila Valley Barn 🙂

  4. K I don’t know why I haven’t combined pimento cheese and pecans yet but DANG this looks good! Have such a fun weekend, I’ll be here eating all the carbs and cheese! xo