Don't you love the smell of fresh cinnamon bread baking in your kitchen? It's one of those aromas that means something good is coming out of the oven, like this easy recipe for homemade Cinnamon Bread Pull Apart loaf.
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This homemade bread is fun to make and fun to eat. Everyone loves the soft, yeasty cinnamon-coated bread with a sweet icing drizzle. It's like eating a cinnamon roll, but you get these nice cinnamon coated slices instead.
This bread is similar to cinnamon monkey pull-parts but much faster and easier to make. I know you are wondering how in the world do you get all those slices of bread in the pan. It's easier than you think. You need to roll the dough cut it into strips, and stack it in a bread pan. So easy.
Another great thing about this bread is you don't have to wait for it to cool before slicing it; you can simply pull apart the sweet buttery pillows while warm. It's heavenly, and we have been known to devour a whole loaf in one sitting.
We love Cinnamon
We all agree cinnamon is such a wonderful spice to add to all kinds of food; it's what makes these easy Cinnamon Crescent Rolls so tasty or these tender Cinnamon Madeleines. Don't forget to add a dash of cinnamon to savory dishes like this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples.
Cinnamon Bread Pull Apart Ingredients
This bread recipe doesn't take any fancy ingredients, just the stuff that makes homemade bread so delicious.
- Whole Milk
- Eggs - large
- White Sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Butter - unsalted
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla extract
The three components
Dough - this is the best dough to work with; it's soft, rises beautifully and rolls out easily. Plus, it tastes amazing with the melted butter and egg for richness.
Filling - Melted butter covers the rolled-out bread dough and is topped with a cinnamon sugar mixture, so every slice of this bread is covered in amazing flavors.
Icing - a simple powdered sugar icing is drizzled over the top for that extra sweetness we all love.
Let's Make Pull Apart Bread
Step 1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan, pour it into the stand mixer bowl and add the yeast. Let the yeast dissolve and become foamy.
Step 2. Add the egg, melted butter, sugar, and salt to the bowl and beat with the dough hook until combined.
Step 3. Add half of the flour and mix on medium-low speed, then add the remaining flour and mix until combined. This will take about four minutes.
Step 4. The dough will be smooth, elastic and somewhat sticky.
Step 5. Place the dough in an oiled bowl covered with plastic wrap and a clean towel for the first rise. Find a warm place to put the bowl and let it double in size for about one hour. The dough will be somewhat soft.
Step 6. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface until it forms a 20 x 12 rectangle.
Step 7. Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Step 8. Cut the dough into five 12" x 4" strips and stack them on top of each other. You now have one long strip. Cut the strip into six stacks that are about 4" x 2" and have five layers of dough.
Step 9. Place the stacked dough pieces in a greased loaf pan to create one long loaf. Cover and let the dough rise for 45 minutes.
Step 10. Bake the bread at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes until it's golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes, and turn the bread out of the pan onto a cooling rack.
Step 11. Make the icing by mixing the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Set your bread on a serving platter then drizzle the icing over the top of the bread. I bet your kitchen smells really good right now!
See those little pillows of fluffy bread covered in cinnamon sugar? Go ahead and start pulling them apart to enjoy your creation. This bread looks and tastes amazing.
Useful tips for this recipe
- You don't have to make this cinnamon loaf from scratch; instead, use frozen bread dough.
- Many of you don't have a stand mixer, and since the bread is soft, you can make this with a heavy-duty hand mixer or by hand using a large mixing bowl and a good wooden spoon.
Make ahead instructions
This bread has become a cherished tradition in our home, especially on Christmas morning and other special occasions.
It's particularly convenient for those busy days when there isn't enough time to complete the entire bread-making process in one go. Simply mix the dough, allow it to rise for an hour, gently punch it down, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it overnight.
The next day, roll out the dough, generously spread the irresistible cinnamon sugar filling, and proceed to bake this delectable treat.
Bake These Bread Recipes
- Made with all the great warming spices, this Apple Cider Oatmeal Bread is easy to make and bakes up moist and deliciously spiced.
- This Nutmeg and Pecan Braided Bread recipe is flavored with a creamy nutmeg butter filling and swirls of toasted pecans.
- Bake this Iron-Skillet Cornbread that is full of cheese and veggies and is perfect with soups and salads.
- Spread the dough with apple butter instead of the melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- In the fall, spread the dough with pumpkin puree and sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, and cloves.
- Try a savory bread by spreading garlic butter on the slices and sprinkling with parmesan cheese.
- For citrus lovers, add orange zest to the melted butter, then sprinkle with orange-scented sugar.
Pull Apart Bread FAQ's
No, this is a soft dough, and using the bread hook with the stand mixer will knead the dough. You do not have to turn this out and hand-knead it.
It can be, but don't ice it. Bake the bread and let it cool, then wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in a plastic bag. When ready to eat, take the bread out of the wrappings and let it thaw. Once thawed, wrap it in foil again and place it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes to warm up. Add the frosting once it's cooled.
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Making the dough ~
Making the mixture for topping the dough ~
- Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it is hot but not scalding.
- Pour the milk into a stand mixing bowl and add the yeast. Stir until dissolved and let stand for 5 minutes until the mixture gets foamy.
- Add the egg, melted butter, sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture and mix until combined.
- Add half of the flour and mix with a dough hook for 3 minutes to combine.
- Add in the remaining flour and mix until the flour is combined.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place into an oiled bowl. This is a soft dough and it will not have a smooth finish on it.
- Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for an hour or until doubled in size. You can refrigerate the dough overnight or up to 2 days in a covered bowl.
Making the stacks and strips
- Butter a 9"x5" bread pan.
- Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 20"x12" rectangle.
- With a pastry brush, spread the melted butter over the top of the dough, then sprinkle with ½ cup of sugar and cinnamon.
- With a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough longwise into five 12"x4" strips. Stack the strips on top of each other.
- Cut the long strip into 4"x2" stacks.
- Place the stacks in the bread pan, cut side down, cover the pan with a towel, and let rise about 45 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake the bread for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then turn it out onto a serving plate. If the bread is stuck, run a knife around the sides to loosen it.
- Mix the glaze ingredients until smooth and drizzle over the cooled bread.
- Store any leftover bread in an airtight container for up to three days.
First published: February 21, 2017. Last updated: Oct. 28, 2023, with new images and better clarity.
Baking bread has always been something I love to do, but it does take time to create the perfect loaf. You have to make the dough, let the dough rise, punch it down and form it, then let it rise again. But seriously, bread baking really is simple; it's just being patient while the bread rises. It's a process. Think about it: while the bread is rising, you can do stuff like yoga, maybe a load of laundry, play a game with your kids, or have a hot cup of coffee. However, when you end up with a golden brown, yeasty loaf of warm bread that will make your family think you are a baking goddess, baking bread is worth it.
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