Don’t you just 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 homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread.
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This bread is similar to cinnamon monkey pull-aparts but so much faster and easier to make. You just need to roll the dough and 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 just simply pull-apart the pillows of this bread while warm. We have been known to devour a whole loaf of bread 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 Madeleine’s. Don’t forget to add a dash of cinnamon to savory dishes like this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples.
This bread recipe doesn’t take any fancy ingredients, just the stuff that makes bread so delicious.
- Whole Milk
- Powdered Sugar
Let’s make bread
Step 1. Start by heating the milk then pour it into your stand mixer bowl with the yeast. Let the yeast dissolve and get foamy.
Step 2. Add the egg and melted butter, sugar, and salt to the bowl and beat until combined.
Step 3. Add half of the flour and mix, then add the other half and mix until combined. Place the dough in an oiled bowl covered in plastic wrap for the first rise, until doubled in size for about one hour. The dough will be somewhat soft.
Step 4. Roll the dough on a floured surface, to a 20 x 12 rectangle and brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. I like using these muslin rolling mats that I keep in my freezer, they make rolling dough so easy.
Step 5. Cut the dough into five 12″ x 4″ stripes and stack them on top of each other, then cut into 2″ long pieces with five layers of dough.
Step 6. 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 7. Bake the bread at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and turn the bread out of the pan and drizzle with the powdered sugar icing. I bet your kitchen smells really good right now!
See those little pillows of bread, you can start pulling them apart and enjoying your creation. This bread looks amazing 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 you can mix it by hand using a large bowl and a good wooden spoon.
The bread dough can be mixed and set in the refrigerator overnight and baked the next day.
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Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread
Making the dough ~
- Heat the milk in a small saucepan to 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.
- Brush the dough with the melted butter, then sprinkle with ½ cup of sugar and cinnamon.
- Cut the dough crosswise 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, and let rise about 45 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake the bread for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool for 10 minutes and turn the bread out onto a serving plate.
- Mix the glaze ingredients together and drizzle over the bread.
- Store any leftover bread in an airtight container for up to three days.
First Published: February 21, 2017… Last Updated: March 23, 2021
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 then baking bread is worth it.
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