Savoury Tear and Share Pesto Rolls Recipe

Pesto Rolls

This is a fun recipe to make and you can get the kids involved.  My recipe is easy to make and easy to adapt and of course, you can use the recipe at any time of the year. The bread is a perfect accompaniment to a picnic in summer or a casserole in winter.

This is such an easy dough to make. You’ll not spend too long on the actual making and then you can pop it in the fridge until you are ready to use it. This is one of the breads that students make in my bread making class and it always proves very popular.

You can, of course use shop bought pesto for speed.


  • Fresh or dried yeast. Fresh yeast is available from most supermarket bakery counters but you will have to ask.
  • Fresh herbs. Use what you might have in the garden, or buy fresh. Whilst a traditional pesto uses basil, any of the “soft” herbs will do. I’d not use rosemary for example as it rather robust.
  • Oil – use extra virgin olive oil, or local rapeseed oil
  • Parmesan cheese – go for a piece rather than ready grated
Gather a selection of herbs for your pesto

Gather a selection of herbs for your pesto


Whilst you can make this by hand, if you have a stand mixer (eg Kenwood) or a food processor, it will be a lot easier. If you have a dough hook for your stand mixer use that in preference to your cake making tool. If you are using a food processor, use the chopping tool

  1. Rolling pin
  2. Large flat tray
  3. Pastry brush
  4. Star cutter (optional)
  5. Cooking thermometer (optional)
  6. Dough scraper (optional)
The finished pistachio pesto with just the right amount of texture

The finished pistachio pesto with just the right amount of texture

Savoury Tear and Share Bread

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    Sara at All Aboard the Skylark
    05/12/2017 at 16:14

    This looks so lovely and festive. I love the fact that you use a combination of different herbs, and not just the standard basil option. I’ll have to try this!

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      05/12/2017 at 16:57

      Thank you. I fancied making it and had no basil, so thought why not try something else!

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    04/12/2017 at 20:05

    This looks so good! I love a tear and share (I’m just not so keen on the sharing part!). Nothing to stop me making it for one though! Hehe.

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      04/12/2017 at 21:53

      I know what you mean about sharing! Individual ones would be so cute!

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    04/12/2017 at 09:26

    I’m salivating! I love pesto, so when I have a day, I might just have to make this and eat it all myself! I’ve never made anything like it so the fact you’ve done step by step instructions is excellent! Kim x

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      04/12/2017 at 21:52

      Thank you Kim! I am sure it will work for you.

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    Thrifty Mumma
    03/12/2017 at 17:36

    Oh wow, this looks great and simple to make too- perfect for the Christmas season! X

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      03/12/2017 at 18:28

      Thank you! Might try star shaped next time ..

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    Noelle Across The Pond
    03/12/2017 at 17:28

    I love this! Sounds like the perfect thing to bring to Christmas parties or for at home during the festive season.

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      03/12/2017 at 18:28

      It is! I hope you’ll try it?

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