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I first saw this recipe on Pinterest.
I loved the idea of it because even though I love cinnamon rolls, I kind of hate the outside edges.
They are typically really tough and more bready than cinnamon sugary.
I have to say, it’s a *bit* more work than I expected, but the results were definitely worthwhile.
The picture doesn’t do it justice though. I was in a hurry and it was pouring outside so I couldn’t get the right lighting or focus going.
You’ll just have to take my word for it that what lies in between those layers is ooey gooey cinnamon sugary wonderfulness.
Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread
adapted from Joy the Baker
- 2 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Filling:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
- 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted until browned
- First you are going to want to combine your dry ingredients (2 cups flour, sugar, yeast & salt) in a large bowl
- Now whisk up your eggs and set them aside.
- Heat your butter & milk in the microwave until butter is melted and add your vanilla after you take it out
- Add your butter/milk/vanilla mixture to the dry ingredient mixture and mix with a spatula
- Add eggs & stir, the mixture will be kind of soupy
- Add the remaining 3/4 cup of flour and stir with a spatula for a bit. I ended up pulling mine out to knead it for a bit. About 5-10 minutes should do the trick. Knead into a ball.
- Let the dough rise in a well oiled bowl covered with plastic wrap. Put it in a warm, draft free location.
- Give it about an hour to double in size.
- Punch the dough down and knead in the additional 2 tablespoons of flour. Let it rest for about 5 minutes.
- Roll the dough out until it is about 12 inches tall and 20 inches wide (my dough did not want to do that…that’s why my bread isn’t all nice and uniform looking. Do the best you can).
- Mix your filling (sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg) together in a small bowl.
- Spread your melted butter all over the dough, then sprinkle the filling all over
- Slice the dough vertically in 6 rows and stack the dough strips on top of each other
- Cut the stacked dough into 6 equal parts.
- Grease a 9x5x3-inch (22x12x8) loaf pan.
- Place the dough squares in the loaf pan like a “flip-book”
- Throw a towel over the top and allow to rest for 30-45 minutes
- Place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown
- Allow to cool before pulling apart and serving!
Yum! It tastes best the day you make it, but you can heat the leftovers in the microwave for a few seconds and it tastes freshly baked even days later!
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