Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

This recipe has been going around in the blogosphere for quite some time now. Every time that I saw someone make it, it reminded me that I really needed to jump on that bandwagon, but every time I planned to make it, something else came up. Finally, after a few weeks of intending to make it, I was able to.

It was definitely worth the wait. Just the cinnamon sugar smell that took over the whole apartment while it was baking was mouthwatering!


Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
Source: Joy the Baker
Yield: 1 loaf
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Dough Ingredients:
    • 2 eggs, at room temperature
    • 4 tbs. unsalted butter
    • 1/3 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 2 3/4 cup + 2 tbs. all purpose flour, divided
    • 1 envelope active dry yeast
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    Filling Ingredients:
    • 4 tbs. unsalted butter, melted until browned
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and set aside.
2. Add unsalted butter and milk to a small saucepan and heat over low heat until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the water and vanilla. Let cool slightly.
3. In a very large bowl, add 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar and salt. Stir until combined. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula.
4. Add the eggs and stir until completely incorporated. Add the 3/4 cup of flour and continue to stir until combined. The dough should be sticky.
5. Grease a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
6. As the dough rises, prepare the filling by whisking together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl.
7. Grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside.
8. Punch down the dough and knead the remaining 2 tablespoons into the dough. Cover the dough again and let rest for another 5 minutes.
9. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle, as close to 20 inches long and 12 inches tall as you can get.
10. Brush the melted butter over all of the dough. Sprinkle all of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough.
11. Cut the dough in half, then each half in half until you have 6 pieces of dough. Stack them on top of each other and cut into 6 more equally sized pieces.
12. Stack the dough on its side (so the cinnamon sugar portion faces outward) into the loaf pan. Cover the pan and in a warm place, allow the dough to rise again, 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
13. Preheat the oven to 350. Place a rack in the center of the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top of the dough is very golden brown.
14. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 30 minutes. Use a butter knife to remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm.

This bread is just as cinnamon-sugary delicious as it smells. I could barely wait the 30 minutes it takes to cool before I ate some.   

1 comment:

  1. Love the idea of pull apart bread. I am bookmarking this to make later.

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