Delicious pieces of homemade bread dough, covered in cinnamon and a yummy glaze! The best part is, this Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread comes together in less than an hour!!
Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread
My family LOVES recipes with cinnamon—especially in breakfasts—and they request Cinnamon Rolls frequently. As much as I love cinnamon rolls, I HATE how much prep they require! This recipe for Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread is like taking cinnamon rolls & smashing them together in a loaf pan. Same flavors, less prep time!
My cinnamon loving family definitely loves it, and I love how much easier it is to make! After lots of experimenting, I found the perfect rapid rise method to create this pull apart bread from scratch in just over one hour. That’s with just 25 minutes of rest & rise time & about 25 minutes of baking. So not too bad, and definitely worth it. It’s absolutely DELICIOUS!
making Cinnamon Pull Aparts:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. In your mixer bowl, whisk sugar, yeast, salt and flour. In a separate bowl, combine water, milk & butter. Heat the bowl of wet ingredients in the microwave for about 1 minute or until it reaches 115 degrees (any hotter & you will kill your yeast).
Pour into the dry mixture, and use a dough hook to knead for 3-4 minutes or until smooth & elastic (add more flour if necessary). Cover tightly with plastic & let rest about 5 minutes.
Drop rested dough on lightly floured surface and roll into a large rectangle. Melt butter for filling and brush onto your dough. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar, then sprinkle evenly over buttered dough. Cut dough lengthwise into 4 large strips, stack each strip on top of each other, and then cut into squares. Loosely place squares standing on end in a prepared loaf pan.
Note: This bread is supposed to look a bit irregular so don’t worry if the stacks and squares are not exactly the same size.
Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon and sugar you may have over the top. Place in your 180 degree oven, then turn oven off and allow the dough to rise for 20 minutes (don’t open oven door!). Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for another 25 -30 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool in pan while you make your glaze. Drizzle over your cooled pull apart bread loaf, serve, and enjoy!
Here are some ideas for extra add-ins and toppings!
- Top with chopped pecans or walnuts
- Add raisins to the layers
- Drizzle with caramel
Tips for the perfect pull apart bread
Can I activate the yeast before adding it to the mixture? Making bread that doesn’t rise is one of the most frustrating things. One of the reasons this happens is because the yeast was too old, not activated correctly, or killed. To be certain the yeast will work its magic, you can activate it before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
In a separate bowl add warm water (105-115 degrees F), yeast, and a pinch of white sugar. Let it stand for 5 minutes. The yeast will begin to bubble and become frothy. Add it to the other wet ingredients. And follow the recipe as written.
How to store the cinnamon bread: Store in an airtight container and keep at room temperature for 2-3 days. Do not refrigerate as the bread will dry out faster.
Can I Freeze pull apart bread? Allow the bread to cool. Wrap the bread with plastic wrap and then again with foil. Label and store in the freezer for 2-3 months. To reheat: allow the bread to thaw and heat in the oven for 10 minutes or so, then add the glaze.
Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread makes the perfect Saturday morning breakfast & certainly beats something store bought. You really have to give it a try! It’s phenomenal!
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Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread Recipe
- 4-4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp rapid rise yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup cool water
- 2/3 cup milk
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter diced
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 1-2 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
In your mixer bowl, whisk sugar, yeast, salt & 4 cups of flour
In a separate medium bowl, combine water, milk & butter
Heat in microwave about 1 minute or until it reaches approx 115 degrees (any hotter & you will kill your yeast)
Pour into dry mixture & use dough hook to knead 3-4 minutes or until smooth & elastic (add more flour if necessary)
Cover tightly with plastic & let rest about 5 minutes
Spray loaf pan with cooking spray- set aside
Drop rested dough on lightly floured surface & press & shape into a large rectangle
Melt butter for filling & brush on your dough
In a small bowl combine cinnamon & sugar & sprinkle evenly over buttered dough
Cut dough lengthwise into 4 large strips & stack each strip on top of each other
Cut into squares & loosely place on end in loaf pan
Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon & sugar you may have over the top
Place in your 180 degree oven- turn oven off & allow to rise for 20 minutes (don't open door)
Remove after 20 minutes & preheat oven to 375 degrees
Bake 25 -30 minutes or until deep golden brown
Remove & allow to cool in pan while you make your glaze
Combine milk & confectioners sugar in small bowl & whisk to combine
Drizzle over baked bread & enjoy!
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