Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

  • Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread | the little epicurean

    Baseball is frustrating me right now. Over the weekend, the Dodgers were swept by the Colorado Rockies. And tonight (Monday night), I just watched the Giants beat the Dodgers. I lose my voice after game. Each pitch is stressful. Each inning leaves me expecting more. Even the dogs get riled up as Alex and I scream (and occasionally cheer) at the TV. The Dodgers only need to win ONE game against the Giants to clinch the NL West. I’m hoping Tuesday is the day.

    You know what relaxes me? Bread. Bread eating and bread making. I’ve probably said this a million times before, but bread making is one of the most relaxing activities for me. Almost as relaxing as getting a massage. Almost.

    There is something so calming about it. With breads, I know exactly how it will turn out based on the temperature, smell, and feel of the bread. It’s an outcomes I can always count on. (So unlike baseball.)

    Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread | the little epicurean

    My favorite kind of baked goods are the ones that are suitable for any time of day. Dessert for breakfast? YES, please!

    This apple cinnamon pull apart bread is a like a loaf of cinnamon rolls with tiny bits of apple surprises sprinkled throughout. It’s a soft and fluffy bread that’s meant to be shared and eaten as soon as it’s baked. Think Sunday brunch with friends or day after Thanksgiving morning.

    Instead of the usual cream cheese glaze associated with cinnamon rolls, I opted for something unexpected: honey glaze. Honey glaze tastes exactly like it sounds. It works perfectly with the tart Granny Smith apples.

    Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread | the little epicurean

    The dough is very soft and easy to work it. It’s similar to the kind of dough you’d use to make a regular cinnamon roll.

    Roll dough out to a rectangle 20 x 12 inches.

    Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread | the little epicurean

    Spread cooled melted butter all over the dough and then evenly distribute the apple cinnamon sugar mixture.

    I chopped up the apples in a fine dice. You can slice them any which way you’d like. Thinly sliced apple work great!

    Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread | the little epicurean

    Cut the dough in half lengthwise (the long end) and then cut into 5 sections vertically.

    Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread | the little epicurean

    Make two stacks using the 10 pieces of dough. Cut each stack into three parts, as soon above.

    (Yes, this gets pretty messy. Don’t worry. You can pour all the escaped apple cinnamon sugar mixture into the bread pan later.)

    Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread | the little epicurean

    Place the stacks on their sides in a bread pan. Stagger them to create movement and drama, or simply file them in rows.Cover the bread pan with plastic wrap and allow the bread to rise. Once the bread reaches the top of the pan, it’s time to pop them in the oven.

    Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread | the little epicurean

    And then you’ll have this wonderfully aromatic, warm and inviting, oh-so-delicious apple cinnamon pull apart bread. Sure, you could start snacking on this bread as is. But I need more. I need a generous heaping of honey glaze.

    Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread | the little epicurean

    Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

    Yield: 9 x 4-inch loaf pan*


    • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
    • 3/4 cup whole milk, warmed to 110 degrees F
    • 2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour

    Apple Cinnamon Filling:

    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, cooled
    • 1 large Granny Smith Apple, cored, peel and diced
    • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar, packed
    • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

    Honey Glaze:

    • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
    • 3 Tbsp honey
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 tsp whole milk, or as needed


    1. Place yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar. Stir to combine. Let stand for 5-7 minutes until yeast has activated and mixture is foamy.
    2. Add remaining sugar, egg, melted butter, and salt to yeast mixture. Whisk together. Attach dough hook to stand mixer. Add half of flour and mix on low speed. Scrape bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing. Add in remaining flour and continue to mix on low speed until dough comes together. Increase speed to medium and knead until dough forms into a ball. If dough is too wet, add 1-2 tablespoons of flour.
    3. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and cover with kitchen towel. Allow to rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 50-60 minutes.
    4. Lightly grease bread pan. Place dough a floured working surface. Roll dough to a rectangle 20 x 12-inches. Spread 1/4 cup melted butter over dough.
    5. Toss together apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Evenly distribute apple mixture over dough.
    6. Cut rectangle in half lengthwise (the long way). Cut each half into 5 strips vertically. Make two stakes using the 10 strips of dough. Cut each stack into three parts.
    7. Place the stacks on their sides in the prepared bread pan. Stagger stacks, or simply file them in rows. Pour any apple cinnamon sugar mixture that may have escaped into the bread pan.
    8. Cover bread pan with plastic wrap. Allow bread to rise until it reaches the top of the bread pan.
    9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 50-55 minutes until top of the bread is golden brown and internal temperature registers at least 200 degrees F on a kitchen thermometer. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Gently unmold from pan and allow to cool slightly on wire rack.
    10. To make honey glaze: Beat together butter and honey until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add milk 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired thickness is achieved.  Immediately drizzle over apple cinnamon pull apart bread.

    * or 9 x 5-inch loaf pan

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen

    This bread is gorgeous Maryanne! And I LOVE the honey glaze. You’re exactly right, there is something relaxing about enjoying a nice home baked piece of bread with a nice hot cup of tea! Nothing better!

    Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous)

    this looks like such an amazing loaf! and don’t worry, the giants will probably “let” the dodgers get it this year (it is an odd year, after all) (;

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks! lol, sigh. I lived up in NorCal during an odd year. It was so hard being a Dodgers fan living in the Bay! haha

    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    AHHHH! This is so beautiful and I need to make it now! I am so swamped this week but this bread may be my birthday cake! On another note, I am happy I dropped baseball so many years ago because I am sure I would be as frustrated as you right now :)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks so much Kacey! haha that’s how I feel about basketball. I stopped watching a couple years ago because it was toying with my emotions too much.

    Annie @Maebells

    I LOVED baseball! (Go Braves!) Until the Braves traded Martin Prado and broke my heart. I think I get to invested in the players, I hate when someone I love gets traded :) This bread is a sure fire cure for a broken heart though!! :)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Sigh. I hear ya! I’m always afraid when rosters change. But YES, bread to the rescue! :)

    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    Oh my goodness, this is perfection! The texture looks absolutely marvelous and I just want to take a big bite and then keep eating…and eating! :)

    Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

    This is GOOD, Maryanne! I am drooling in front of my computer now. The bread looks really soft and fluffy. I’m going apple picking this weekend, so next week, I can use some apples to make this bread! Nommmm….

    I’m not a baseball fan, but I’m an Angeleno! GO DODGERS!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks! Have fun apple picking this weekend! Looking forward to seeing it on Snapchat ;)

    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

    You have done it again! I’m going to live vicariously through your baking. TOO BEAUTIFUL!

    Maris (In Good Taste)

    YUM! This looks so delicious and I bet it would be perfect with a cup of coffee!

    Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    Man oh man, I would go to town on that bread!!!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery

    I love how thick the slices are! I’ve always done thinner pull aparts, but this thickness got me craving some carbs!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks Sarah! The thicker slices end up softer and fluffier! :)

    Claudia | The Brick Kitchen

    SO with you there -desserts for breakfast all the way! This bread looks totally gorgeous – love the way you can tear off a slice (or 3..or 5…) and it is all so warm,, sticky and cinnamony, and yours looks especially tall and beautiful! Pull apart bread is something I definitely need to try :)


    Wow! I found this cake on Foodgawker, I love it!!!! It is definitely on my “to do” list.


    I just made this bread and it is so good. It was easy to make and came out looking beautiful. And the glaze was really great. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I will definitely make this again.

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Hi Karrie! That’s wonderful to hear! I’m glad you liked it :)


    Just finished making this and followed the recipe exactly (except I used red apples instead of green). The glaze for me was translucent instead of white like pictured, but it’s absolutely delicious! Super moist and doughey. Definitely a perfect brunch bread to go with coffee. I’d make it again exactly the same way. Thanks for the recipe!

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