Cinnamon Pullapart Bread

Before you all get too excited, I have to say right off the bat that this is delicious stuff, but don’t get it confused with cinnamon rolls, or else you will be disappointed.  This is definitely bread, and it’s not very sweet despite what looks to be a lot of cinnamon sugar spread all over the dough.  Because I had some cream cheese that needed to be used up, I couldn’t help but top this off with some cream cheese frosting, but it’s good enough to eat on its own, pulling the little slices off one by one.  This would also be great for french toast or bread pudding (I’ll post the recipe later this week).  Here’s how to make the cinnamon pullapart bread:

Yield: One standard loaf pan of cinnamon bread

Dough Ingredients:
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup sugar
2.25 tsp instant quick rise yeast
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs
15 oz all purpose flour (3 cups)

Filling Ingredients:
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2.5 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
pinch of salt

Heat the milk and butter together until the butter melts in a saucepan or the microwave.  Add the cold water, then let the mixture cool to 115 degrees F on an instant read thermometer.  Pour the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer, and add the sugar, yeast, vanilla, and eggs.  Use the paddle attachment to combine, at medium speed.  Slowly add in the flour.  Change to the dough hook, then knead in the stand mixer for 5-8 minutes, until the dough is smooth.

Grease a large bowl with butter or oil, and transfer the dough to the greased bowl.  Cover and let rise until doubled, about an hour and a half.  In the meantime, prepare the filling by mixing together the brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and salt.

Remove the dough and use your hands to redistribute the yeast and move the dough around.  Try not to deflate it too much.

Lightly flour your countertop, and roll the dough out into a 12×20 inch rectangle.  Spread the filling all over the rectangle:
Cut the dough into 5 12×4 strips, then stack them up on top of each other:
Then cut into four equal pieces:
Stack these pieces up on top of each other as well.

Grease a standard loaf pan with butter, and place the pieces into the loaf pan.  It will look like there aren’t enough:

But after an hour (cover it with plastic wrap) it will puff up like this:

And if you want to do three hours, it will REALLY puff up:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake the dough for 30 minutes (you can check to make sure it’s done by peeking in with a fork).  Top with icing if desired, and enjoy!

Click here for the printable recipe.

Adapted from the Wednesday Blogger, but I’ve seen this recipe floating around the blogosphere for quite some time!

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19 Responses to Cinnamon Pullapart Bread

  1. Oh my! This looks so good. I think the icing on top is what does it for me.

  2. Spatula, that looks absolutely wonderful – I love the method, it works so well!

  3. This looks better than rolls to me. Those are often too sweet for my tastes. This looks great.

  4. Caroline says:

    Officially drooling. This bread looks amazing, Joanne!! This is the perfect dessert for me. Oh, and that cream cheese frosting….stop that! 😉

  5. Wow… this is so pretty the way it’s made in slices like that. If it isn’t sweet does that make it lower in calories too… my fingers are crossed 😉

  6. This is heavenly-what sold me was that super dark cinnamon and then the dripping cream cheese icing. Definitely beats a cinnamon roll hands down! Yum-great post!

  7. wow and wow, first the cinnamon bread and then the cheese frosting!

  8. Ann says:

    Stunning! I’ve seen this on Stumble Upon – it got over 1.5 million hits…..who knew?! I LOVE my cinnamon rolls more “bready” so this is right up my alley. Sadly, I’m now allergic to cinnamon…dang it!

  9. anne says:

    Looks really delicious ! Love the step by step photos ! & your photos are always drool-worthy ;D

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  11. Nydia says:

    Joanne, this bread looks terrific, I love cinnamon, and this is something else I have to try.

  12. This looks quite delicious! It reminds me of many pieces of cinnamon toast cooked together! I love the way you put folded them many times over!

  13. andi says:

    Just running around blog land and see that you posted this bread from my blog. Thank you so much, you did a beautiful job. I had done this post with the secret recipe club. Nice to meet you hugs, andi

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  15. Kristina says:

    okay, it may not be a cinnamon roll, but it IS the tastiest looking version I have seen of these pull apart wonders! looks and sounds perfect!

  16. What a loaf of awesomeness. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I’d love it if you’d come by and link your bread up.

  17. Great recipe! Love it to bits!

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