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Apple cinnamon pull apart bread

Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread Recipe

This Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread makes the most delicious and decadent breakfast bread ever.It is super easy to make and the bread is soft and light and each layer is filled with the wonderful aroma of cinnamon and with juicy pieces of apples.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Proofing time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Servings 1 Loaf


For the bread dough

  • 357 g Flour or 2 3/4 cup(loosely packed)
  • 210 ml Water 1 cup -2 tbsp
  • 1 tsp Instant yeast Active dry yeast 1 and 1/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 42.6 g Butter or 3 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp Sugar or honey

For the filling

  • 90 g Soft Brown sugar (packed cup)1/2 cup
  • 57 g Unsalted Butter(softened) 1/4 cup
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon powder

For glaze

  • 15 ml Milk 1 tbsp
  • 32 g Powdered sugar 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp vanilla sugar


Prepare the dough

  • Into a bowl, add in the lukewarm water, honey or sugar,salt,yeast and stir to dissolve the ingredients in water.
    Add in the softened butter.
    Add the flour.
    Combine everything together to form a shaggy mass of dough.
    If you are kneading the dough in a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment and knead the dough for 4-5 minutes.
    If you are kneading the dough by hands, transfer the dough on to a clean work surface and knead the dough for a few minutes(5-6 minutes)until it form a smooth dough.
    This bread dough is an easy to knead dough.It is not a very sticky dough.In the beginning we may feel slightly sticky, thats ok; at this point you may be tempted to add more flour but don’t do that.The dough will come together in about 4 minutes of kneading.
    Flatten the dough ball a little to form a disc shape and then cover it with a bowl or kitchen towel and let the dough rest on the counter for five minutes.This is not for proofing the dough, but this is to let the dough sit for a few minutes so that the gluten stands will relax.
    This resting will prevent our dough from enormous rebounding back of the dough while rolling it into a thin rectangular sheet.

Divide and shape the dough

  • So for the next step of shaping the rolls, first we need to roll the dough into thin sheet (around 5-6 mm thickness).
    Pat, stretch and roll out the dough to form 15X14-inch rectangle
    Then spread very soft butter all over the surface.
    Then sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon powder mixture as evenly as possible.
    Then with the diced apple pieces.
    Cut the dough into 4 long strips.
    Stack each of them.
    Then again cut them into 4 equal pieces.So that we will get a set of four dough strips with four layers of dough on each.
    Now place each set of dough in a bread pan.We can place them straight as in the video or in a random pattern.
    While doing this step, some of the filling will fall off, but just scoop up any apple pieces and add to the top or in between the layers of the dough. 

Proof the Apple Cinnamon Bread dough

  • Now cover the bread pan loosely with a plastic film and let the dough rise for 60 minutes in a warm environment.
    After 60 minutes, our dough will rise well.
    You may see the some sugar liquifying after this proofing.
    That is okay.It will then get evaporated and form into sticky caramel sauce like texture after baking.

Bake the apple cinnamon pull apart bread loaf

  • After proofing, place the baking tray into the 350 F or 180 C preheated oven.
    Bake for 45-48 minutes.
    After baking, let the bread cool down for about 20 minutes in the pan itself.
    Then remove it from the pan.
    If you want to make it look more festive, you can add glaze on top.


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