Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Sweet apple cinnamon pull-apart bread, perfect for breakfast or dessert! Fluffy layers of cinnamon bread, packed with a thick cinnamon-sugar filling and apple slices.

Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

This bread is magical. Fairy godmother kind of magic, turning pumpkins into beautiful carriages. Really, over the top and completely unbelievable kind of magic. It created peace and quiet in my house. Maybe only for ten minutes, but it was a glorious ten minutes. The only noises heard were that of two children going ‘mmm mmm’ and licking their fingers clean. Too bad it was only a temporary lull in the normal noises of the day, but I’ll take whatever I can get. 

Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

This definitely takes a bit of work and planning but it’s completely worth it. Remember those magical qualities. I prepped the dough the night before and whipped this up in the morning. The hardest part is in the layering and slicing but since it’s going to turn out in funky beautiful layers anyway, those layers don’t need to be anywhere near perfect. This is the kind of bread that is meant to have character. It’s meant to have pieces of bread and apples scattered about and not necessarily in a neat little row.

Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner or snack… or maybe all of the above. And just maybe with a scoop of ice cream. Fluffy layers of cinnamon bread packed with a thick cinnamon-sugar filling and apple slices. You need this in your life.

Yield: 1 loaf

Cook Time: 45-55 minutes

Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Fluffy layers of cinnamon bread, packed with a thick cinnamon-sugar filling and apple slices.

Ingredients:

Dough ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 - 3 1/2C all purpose flour
  • 1/4C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pkg or 2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast (instant)
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/3C lukewarm milk
  • 1/4C lukewarm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Filling ingredients:

  • 1/2C brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2C apples

Directions:

In a stand mixer or large bowl, combine dry dough ingredients. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine remaining wet dough ingredients. With the mixer on low, begin slowly pouring in the liquid mixture. Increase the speed to medium until dough has come together in a soft ball. Add additional flour as needed, a spoonful at a time until it is no longer sticky.

Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and allow to double in size, roughly one hour. If preparing ahead, chill dough overnight. Cooler, firmer dough will roll out easier. Allow dough to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes prior to rolling.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly grease pan, if preferred.

Prepare filling; combine first 4 ingredients. Peel, core and slice apples very thin. Roll out dough, on a lightly floured surface, into a 12 x 20" rectangle. Cover with cinnamon filling. Top off with apple slices.

Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Cut dough into 6 sections, roughly 3 x 12". Carefully lay sections on top of each other, this will be messy and dough may stretch (it's okay!). Cut dough into 6 stacks. Turn stacks on their sides and tightly pack into prepared loaf pan. Allow to rise for additional 30-60 minutes or until roughly doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. When dough has doubled in size, bake for 45-55 minutes. After 30 minutes, cover with foil and continue baking. When bread is golden brown, remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Store bread in an airtight container.

Notes: The dough can be made ahead and left to chill overnight in the refrigerator. Allow dough to sit for 30 minutes prior to rolling.

Slightly adapted from: King Arthur Flour