Cinnamon pull apart bread
Another amazing one I saw on Pinterest. It looked so amazing I just had to try it. And besides, we love cinnamon rolls around here, I could just imagine it would be a hit! I just didn’t think I would eat over half the loaf by myself. Oops. Shhh! Don’t tell. I told M I shared with D….and that some gremlins ate some. Needless to say, they were utterly delicious. They will be added to my list of regulars I make for special occasions and such! Now, there are a good number of steps involved with these but they are totally worth it! The blog I found it on and followed was Chocolate Therapy. She found it on Top With Cinnamon and it was inspired by Joy the Baker’s Cinnamon-Sugar Pull apart bread. What a great trail! I love when recipes make the rounds! Go check out all the blogs – they all have amazing stuff!! Try this one out and enjoy!! 🙂 Have fun with the process.
What you need:
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp dried active yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the filling
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup butter, melted
For the Glaze
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, place the cornstarch, sugar, yeast, salt and 2 cups of flour.
Heat the milk and butter together in a small saucepan until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat and add the water. Let this cool for about a minute, then add the vanilla, and pour all the liquid into the bowl with the flour. Stir this all together until all the dry ingredients are moistened.
Start the mixer on a low speed as you add the eggs one at a time until they’re just incorporated. Stop the mixer and add 1/2 cup more flour to the bowl. Mix again at low speed for about half a minute. Add 2 more tbsp of flour and mix in on medium speed until you get a smooth, slightly sticky dough (about 45 seconds).
On a work surface sprinkled with 2 tbsp of flour, knead the dough until it’s not sticky (about 1 minute). Place the dough in a large, oiled bowl and cover it with cling film. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place until it’s doubled in size which should take about an hour.
While the dough rises, make the filling by combining the dark brown sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch in a small bowl.
Once the dough is ready, lightly flour your work surface and gently tip the dough onto it, sprinkling a little more flour on top of the dough. Roll the dough out into roughly a 40 x 40 cm square, then brush about 2/3 of the butter over the entire surface of the dough.
Sprinkle 3/4 of the filling mixture evenly on top of the butter on the dough, then roll the dough tightly into a log.
Place the log horizontally on your work surface. Take a piece of thread and place it vertically on your work surface. With the thread still vertical, place log on top of the middle of the thread. Move the thread to the left or right, so it is still under the dough, and is 1 cm in from the end of the log. Take the ends of the thread and hold them above the log. Cross them over each other once and pull them away from each other until the thread has cut through the dough completely. Chocolate Therapy says you are basically tying a knot over the dough and pulling it tight until it cuts through. Then you tie another knot…and another. Repeat until you’ve cut all the dough into 1 cm thick slices.
On a piece of baking paper, use a rolling pin to flatten each slice to 3-4 mm thick. You could flatten them all at once too! Brush the top of each flattened slice with a little of the remaining melted butter, and sprinkle on about 3/4 tsp of filling mixture. Place them on top of each other so you have 4-5 stacks each containing about 5 slices.
Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place your stacks of dough into the greased loaf pan, cover loosely with clingfilm, and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes (preheat the oven for a few minutes, turn it off, and then put the bowl in there with the door cracked).
Bake the bread for 25-35 minutes when it should be golden brown on top. Let it cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Meanwhile make the glaze by stirring the vanilla then the hot water, a little at a time into the powdered sugar in a small bowl until you get a slightly runny icing.
Run a butter knife around the edge of the pan and gently tip the loaf out onto the wire rack. Put the bread the right way round again and then brush with the glaze.