Sunday 8 May 2011

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

This month’s Sweet Punch challenge is to bake your choice and I baked this Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread. The moment I saw this recipe on Joy’s blog I wanted to bake this for my little one who loves cinnamon bun which I make at least once a month for him. So recently when he requested for cinnamon bun I made this pull-apart bread for him…..We loved this very soft cinnamon sugar filled pull apart …. It’s easy to make, just roll the dough, slather it with butter and cinnamon sugar, slice it and stack into a loaf pan and bake…. so easy right?? Now on to the recipe…..

Makes: one 9x5x3-inch loaf
Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
(Source: Joy the Baker, adapted from HungryGirlPorVida)

For the Dough:
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

Before Baking...

After Baking :)
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Set aside.
  • Whisk together eggs and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, melt together milk and butter until butter has just melted. Remove from the heat and add water and vanilla extract. Let mixture stand for a minute or two, or until the mixture registers 115 to 125 degrees F.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula. Add the eggs and stir the mixture until the eggs are incorporated into the batter. The eggs will feel soupy and it’ll seem like the dough and the eggs are never going to come together. Keep stirring. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of flour and stir with the spatula for about 2 minutes. The mixture will be sticky. That’s just right.
  • Place the dough in a large, greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel. Place in a warm space and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour. (*The dough can be risen until doubled in size, then refrigerated overnight for use in the morning. If you’re using this method, just let the dough rest on the counter for 30 minutes before following the roll-out directions below).
  • While the dough rises, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg for the filling. Set aside. Melt 2 ounces of butter until browned. Set aside. Grease and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Set that aside too.
  • Deflate the risen dough and knead about 2 tablespoons of flour into the dough. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 5 minutes. On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out. The dough should be 12-inches tall and about 20-inches long. If you can’t get the dough to 20-inches long… that’s okay. Just roll it as large as the dough will go. Use a pastry brush to spread melted butter across all of the dough. Sprinkle with all of the sugar and cinnamon mixture. (It might seem like a lot of sugar. Just go for it).
  • Slice the dough vertically, into six equal-sized strips. Stack the strips on top of one another and slice the stack into six equal slices once again. You’ll have six stacks of six squares. Layer the dough squares in the loaf pan like a flip-book. Place a kitchen towel over the loaf pan and allow in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
  • Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Place loaf in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is very golden brown. The top may be lightly browned, but the center may still be raw. A nice, dark, golden brown will ensure that the center is cooked as well.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the bread and invert onto a clean board. Place a cake stand or cake plate on top of the upside down loaf, and carefully invert so it’s right side up. Serve warm with coffee or tea.

Sending to Susan for YeastSpotting

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  1. Oh, I feel like I can smell that cinnamon through my computer!

  2. Flavour of cinnamom...can get it here...looks perfectly baked

  3. Pull apart bread is too tempting ..I love cinnamon flavour so much.Perfect baked !

  4. This looks luscious fav flavour!!! i have made it once.. but in that recipe i rolled the strips into rounds and arranged them on a cookie tray slightly touching each other, before baking...

  5. This looks so gud the flavours

  6. Prefectly baked bread, love cinnamon flavour in bakes,delicious.

  7. Absolutely delicious and tempting. Lately I have fallen in love with cinnamon and sure would love this too much :)

  8. I'd love to have this bread Swapna! I'm a big fan of Cinnabon stuff...Your loaf looks great!

  9. Looks just fab!!
    would love to grab them off d screen..:)

  10. Interesting recipe.. looks really good and perfect.. thanks for sharing !!
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  11. Well done. Its on my to-do list everysince I saw it at Joy's. It seems a lot of people are enamoured by the look of this bread.. and oh oh oh the cinnamon smell. Delicious.

  12. Wow looks gorgeous,love the flavor..perfectly done

  13. Too tempting and a great pic ....Nice combo

  14. Looks really good! So tempting! I loved the colour of the bread :)

  15. This is beautiful and obviously baked with love! I've been wanting to bake something like this for a long time, can't wait to try it!

  16. wow...bread looks perfect and tempting..loved the texture

  17. This has been in my todo list for a long time and you are only encouraging me to move my lazy butt and do it. Love Love Love the pictures - the awesome piece is almost having a conversation with me through these pictures. Super!

  18. Ah so droolo-fying! Loved the look n recipe, can feel the aroma of sugary-cinnamony bread ...want it! Shall try it soon dear..tks for posting!!

  19. Ohh wow, that looks too tempting....just like all your other recipes! And I love cinnamon flavor, ah!

  20. This is my type of dessert!! I absolutely love cinnamon!! I love how this bread pulls apart! You did such a fabulous job here, my mouth is watering haha!

  21. Your bread looks delicious and such beautiful pictures! Yum!

  22. this pull-apart bread looks gorgeous!

  23. I made this last night… was so easy and so great.
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