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Cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread


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  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • plus more as needed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2¼ tsp instant yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • For the Filling:
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg


Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 150mins
Cooking time 35mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

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. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and combine. Add the eggs and stir the mixture until the eggs are incorporated into the batter. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of flour and knead for about 3 minutes. The mixture will be a little sticky.

Step 2

Place the dough is 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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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. Roll the dough out into a 12x 2o inch rectangle. Use a pastry brush to spread melted butter across all of the dough. Sprinkle with all of the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Step 5

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. 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.

Step 6

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 180c. 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.

Step 7

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.

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