This loaf of bread has been on my radar for the longest time but i never had the chance to go about baking it until Imp came over for lunch one fine day – otherwise, i think this bread will still be on my to-bake-list! Lol!
I am usually pretty gung-ho and will always attempt new bakes on the day guests arrive but for this bread, it wasn’t the case. From the look of the bread, it was a little intimidating. I wasn’t sure if my first attempt will nail it down so yes, i actually did a test bake prior to the lunch date. Heh! And boy, was i glad or what!
During my test bake, i coated the apples with sugar before i layered them up in the bread dough. Guess what happened after that?
My bread dough was unbelievably wet! The sugar coating became syrup-like. AIYO!
Thankfully, the loaf was still beautiful albeit a tad wet but the point is, it was harder to handle so i mentally noted to never coat apples with sugar again in the future for all my bread baking adventures.
Pull Apart Apple Cinnamon Bread
For the filling
1 green apple, skinned, cubed
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
26g unsalted butter
For the dough
60g unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup lukewarm milk
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2 large eggs
385g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1. Whisk together the butter, milk, water, eggs, and vanilla extract.
2. In the bowl mixer, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast, then add the wet ingredients. Using the dough hook attachment mix and knead, until the dough is smooth. The dough will be quite soft. If it seems too dry add a little water, if it seems too sticky add just a little flour, up to a 1/4 cup.
3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
4. Grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
5. Gently deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly greased surface.* Roll the dough into a 12″ x 20″ rectangle.
6. Stir the vanilla into the melted butter. Spread the butter mixture over the entire top on the dough, Use a pastry brush to get the butter even spread over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top, using your hand to spread it evenly over the butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly over the dough. Add the apples, on top of the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on the nuts, if using.
7. Cut the dough crosswise into six 3 1/2″ x 12″ strips. Stack the strips on top of one another. Cut the stack into six pieces, about 2″ x 3 1/2″ each. This part is a little messy but it doesn’t have to be perfect.
8. Turn the pieces on edge, and place them in the loaf pan one in front of the other from one end of the pan to the other, squeezing them in tight. I sprinkled any nuts or apples that had fallen off over the top of the dough after I put it into the pan.
9. Cover the pan and allow the loaf to rise for 30 to 60 minutes, until it’s almost doubled in size. While the loaf is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
10. Bake the loaf for 45 to 55 minutes in the center of the oven, tenting it with foil after 30 minutes. Remove the loaf from the oven, and transfer it to a rack to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before turning it out of the pan to cool completely.
11. While still slightly warm, spoon the glaze over the top of the bread.
The first time i baked it, i almost wiped out the entire loaf!!
It’s crazy. It’s friggin crazy good! If not for the little self-control left in me, i would have finished the whole loaf. AIYO!
This loaf of bread is truly irresistible. I mean, look at the little hand that couldn’t wait (above). Despite repetitive warnings to make Beep stay away, he bravely stole-pulled a piece as i clicked away knowing well the music he’d face there after. Lol!
Imp loved it! :)