Pull Apart-A-Palooza


We made pull apart bread! Yah, I've seen a lot of pull apart recipes floating around the internet so when my cousin, Lily over at NYU requested we send her baked goods I decided it was high time I try out the cinnamon pull-apart bread, and I mean once we were making the sweet version I deemed it an equally appropriate time for a savory pull apart bread too...

And so the story goes, 

I looked around foodgawker and pretty much stuck with the basic recipes from here & here

First the sweet...
Cinnamon Sugar Style
For the Dough
2 3/4 cups plus 2 tbl all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 tsp (1 envelope) active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 ounces unsalted butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Filling
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted until browned

How To
Mix 2 cups of the flour with sugar, yeast & salt in large bowl

In a separate and probably smaller bowl, whisk the eggs

Melt the butter with the milk (in pan or I'm sure you could nuke it too, just make sure it cools down a bit) then add the water & vanilla

Let the mix chill for a minute so it's not piping hot

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix a.) with a spatula or b.) in a mixer with a hook attachment

Add the eggs into the mixture and mix until they are one with the dough then add in the remaining 3/4 cup of flour

Now, you must let the dough rise. Place it in a greased bowl and cover it with plastic wrap and a towel and let it hang out in a warm spot. how about on the back of the stove? perfecto

Be patient and let it rest for an hour, then punch that sucker down. Meanwhile mix together the cinnamon, sugar & nutmeg and take your loaf pan and grease, then flour it. good job. 

Okay so just be a little more patient and let the dough sit on the counter atop some flour for just 5 more minutes. While you wait, you should probably melt some butter for brushing on the layers.

At this point the dough has to be rolled out on a floured surface. It should be a large rectangle-the directions say 12 inches tall and 20 inches long...so, I guess you should shoot for that. But just think rectangle. repeat it in your head if you must. Brush the butter all over the dough & sprinkle with the cinnamon mixture.

Now slice the dough vertically into 6 strips and carefully stack the strips on top of one another like such


Slice those strips into 6 squares and layer them into the loaf pan a little something like this


I know you're so over letting this damn dough rest, but just cover it with a kitchen towel, put it back in that warm place and let it sit for about 45 minutes....you can clean up that sugary mess while you wait and you can preheat the oven to 350.

Finally...it's time. Put the pan on the middle rack in the oven and let 'er bake for 30-35 minutes until it is deeply golden brown. Remove, let it cool and rest then pop it out. 

Try a piece AS SOON AS POSSIBLE....you've waited long enough!

Maybe after a hearty dinner or with a nice cold glass of milk?

18 comments:

  1. I love pull apart bread! Yours looks so so good!!

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  2. I was so jealoussss that you made this until I found out it was coming my way! Looks so yummmy! Hopefully tastespotting likes it too.

    xoxo
    Lily

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  3. Where is the savory one?

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  4. Yours really does look like it turned out PERFECTLY! Ive been wanting to make this for oh so long and i think you may have given me the final shove :)

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  5. Looks wonderful, but don't you have a link for a "printable version"?

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  6. sadly I haven't figured out how to do a printable version. If someone would like to show me it would be much appreciated!

    thanks everyone! procratobaker, Let me know how it goes!

    The savory one is here: http://www.ilanafreddye.com/2011/09/and-in-savory-corner.html I posted it after

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  7. I just love pull apart bread, like your profile picture too, so adorable, are you a Barista? What a fun job if you are. The photography is beautiful.

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  8. This. Looks delicious!!

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  9. thanks! I'm not a barista, though I once was. that picture was from class, at culinary school we had a class where we were servers in the fine dining restaurant so espresso was part of the job/the perks

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  10. This is just Amazingly Delicious looking Bread...
    Pull apart.... Yumm.
    Totally bookmarked.

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  11. AMAAAAZING ! Love the photography,idea, everything...

    Check out my teenage blog for cool baking recipes- http://teenage-baking.blogspot.com/
    Let me know what u think ;)

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  12. Love the pictures! They look so good! I made the same one too using Joy the Baker as a source as well =) Nice blog! Will be back for more!

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  13. Pull apart bread looks fantastic. I love Joy the Baker :)

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  14. omg.... that looks so amazing :)

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