Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Weather: 52, blue skies and sunshine. New spots of yellow in the trees.
What I’m listening to:
my 4-year-old daughter “playing” the piano

I am once again attempting to ease us from summer into fall with apples – the food language of back-to-school and orchards-a-plenty. This time it’s caramel apples. And cinnamon. And brown sugar. And yeasty, warm bread.

Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread

I’ve had this type of pull-apart bread in my mental catalog of recipes I planned to try for quite a while. When I first saw the classic cinnamon sugar version circulating its way around the blogosphere (probably on Pinterest, I can’t quite remember now), I was easily drawn in by this new twist on monkey bread – pull-apart slices. Brilliant. It looks like you put tons of work into every blessed cinnamon-sugary slice, but it’s not half as complicated as it may seem.

Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread

I started with the basic recipe – a rectangle of risen, rolled out dough topped with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Then I strayed and added diced Golden Delicious apples. Oh yes. Use a pizza cutter and slice it into long strips.

Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread

Stack the strips on top of each other. Nothing about this needs to be neat or perfect. Cut the stack into 4-5 inch long portions (about the height of a standard loaf pan).

Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread

Stand the stacks up in the loaf pan. Cover and let rise again. Bake.

Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread

It comes out of the oven looking like this golden brown cinnamon-dusted wonder. Let it cool for a bit, then remove it from the pan and pour a warm caramel glaze over the whole loaf. Mercy.

Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread

Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread

Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread

Eat. Enjoy every beautiful bite of caramel apple yumminess.

More recipes like this:

-Lemon-Scented Pull-Apart Coffee Cake from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

-Peach, Cinnamon, & Brown Butter Pull Apart Bread  from Craving Chronicles

-Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread from Joy the Baker

Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Caramel Apple Pull Apart Bread

Bread recipe adapted from The Craving Chronicles; Glaze recipe from Food.com

Ingredients

    For the Dough:
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2-1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (plus 1/4 cup or more, if needed)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • For the filling:
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large tart apple, peeled, cored, and diced (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith recommended)
  • For the Caramel Glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. To the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine warm water and yeast.
  2. In a microwave-safe dish, heat milk and butter together until butter is just melted, but not too hot. Add vanilla.
  3. Add flour, sugar, and salt on top of water/yeast mixture in mixing bowl. Turn mixer on low, add eggs, and stream in milk/butter/ mixture gradually until a soft dough forms. Add flour by the tablespoon until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Turn mixer up to medium speed and knead 3 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place 90 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the filling. Set aside. Prepare your apples and melt butter just before the dough is done rising. Grease a standard 9x5 loaf pan.
  5. Turn risen dough out onto a floured work surface and roll out into a large rectangle (roughly 12x24 inches, but it doesn't need to be perfect). Dough will be rather thin.
  6. Brush dough with melted butter. Sprinkle the entire surface with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  7. Using a pizza wheel, cut dough into equal-sized, long strips. Sprinkle the first strip with 1/6th of the diced apples. Lay the next strip on top of the first strip. Sprinkle with apples and cover with another strip. Repeat until all the strips are stacked on top of each other.
  8. Cut the stacked strips into 4-6 equal stacks of squares (about 4-5 inches in size). Stack the squares vertically into prepared loaf pan. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise 30-45 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 350. Bake the bread on the middle rack of oven 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through (check center for doughiness). If the bread gets too brown on top before it is done cooking in the center, cover loosely with foil for the remainder of cooking time.
  10. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by adding the butter, brown sugar and milk to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
  11. Turn loaf out onto a rack with parchment paper underneath it. Drizzle the loaf with the warm caramel glaze.
  12. Best enjoyed the same day it is baked.
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50 comments
Sefirothe
Sefirothe

I decided to try this recipe today because my husband loves anything with cinnamon and apples and so do I.

When using my mixer to get the dough going tho, I had to add probably 1/2 to 3/4 cup more flour to get a good dough ball to form. Even still there was some dough at the very bottom that refused to release from the sides/bottom of the bowl. This is only about my third bread try and one of the others was a no knead recipe so I'm not sure if this is normal or if I'm doing something wrong?

Kristah
Kristah

Have you tried freezing this bread? I want to start baking my holiday gifts and thought I'd try this one!

Blondies Breads
Blondies Breads

I made this at Christmas, and I believe it's one of the BEST recipes EVER!  My nephew just got home from Afghanistan the week I made this.  Big tough Marine hugged me for about 10 minutes after I fed it to him.  Fabulous recipe....Thank you so much.  I am making another batch tomorrow....can't wait!

ellaumbrellla
ellaumbrellla

Just made this!:) it deffnitly wasnt as pretty, but it tasted AMAZING!

timba
timba

Yummy yummy lol looks AWESOME you had me at caramal apple going to make this when i get yeast :')

rmcleve
rmcleve

I *LOVE* this idea! Holy crud! Very clever and tempting. Will be making closer to apple season.

CourtneyM
CourtneyM

About how many calories per serving is this bread?

mattpg89
mattpg89

Quick question, I want to make this for thanksgiving dinner but the kitchen is going to be so packed on Thursday. Do you think if I do all the steps before baking on wednesday, and then throw it in the oven during dinner thursday it will turn out alright or can dough not sit in the fridge for 30 hours or so and stay risen?

Miri
Miri

How lucky I was to find this recipe ! I just baked it today and it is so yummy!  Amazing!!!!!

 

Alysha
Alysha

This bread is amazing! I'm making it again this weekend to give to my guest as they leave at the end of the evening! Also, I'd love to have the smell of this amazingly delicious bread baking in my oven every day! Thanks for sharing! <3 it!

Melisa
Melisa

today was the first fall like day here in austin (and by "fall" i mean rainy and in the high 70s) and i made this and it was pure perfection!! thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!

Kim
Kim

making this tomorrow! Yummm! Thanks for posting!

Lisa V
Lisa V

This was absolutely heavenly!!!!! WOW!

heather
heather

I have this in the oven now and my whole house smells amazing. Making this for a reunion and it looks exactly like the pic from oven view. We can't wait to dig in.

vicki
vicki

I'm so excited to try this. I grew up with my mom making monkey bread for us! I can't wait to try this updated version to share with her!

Sarah
Sarah

Making this right now! Thank you!!!

Joye
Joye

I just made this... Ummm...azing!!! Seriously so yummy! I used a bundt pan which helped with even cooking

lemonsugar
lemonsugar

Oh wow. Wow. WOW. Making this. Soon. :) Thanks for sharing with us at Share-It Saturday! :) Come back soon!!

edita sg
edita sg

i dont like yythis one because it tastes like mcdonald fast food and i dont want to become fat or to get obesity

Diane Diepstra Johnson
Diane Diepstra Johnson

Even though it is still 100 degrees here this looks wonderful! Maybe I can turn the air way down & pretend winter is on its way. I will definitely try this.

Laura Dembowski
Laura Dembowski

I've always wanted to try making monkey or pull apart bread and this just looks fantastic. I can't wait to give it a try :)

Tammy McChesney
Tammy McChesney

I agree with Allison above! This is way too tempting for me to ignore as I probably should.

Kristine
Kristine

oh my goodness. yours is the first apple recipe I've pinned/printed this season. Cannot wait to try it when I get my fresh fall apples!!!

Nina Greer
Nina Greer

This looks great! I have all the ingredients to make this I just might do that later tonight

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

It's quite normal for the amount of flour to vary in bread recipes, which is why you'll see recipes call for adding flour until a certain texture of dough is achieved. All flours are different, so when making bread, it's really more about consistency and elasticity than it is about quantity. For this recipe, you want the dough to be soft and pliable, but not sticky. Sounds as if you're right on track. I hope the bread turns out deliciously for you!

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

 @CourtneyM My apologies, I honestly couldn't say. The bread is delicious... my best advice if counting calories is to enjoy this in small portions. :) 

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

 @mattpg89 I think it'll be fine, but I'm not positive because I haven't tried it. A few thoughts: cover it loosely with plastic wrap in the fridge (it'll probably continue to rise). Since it'll be cold when you put it in the oven, it'll probably require more baking time to get completely done in the center. You may need to cover the top with foil toward the end of baking to prevent it from getting too brown while you bake it longer. 

Let me know how it turns out. I hope it's a big hit! Happy Thanksgiving!

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

 @Awanthi You're very welcome! I'm so pleased that you adore the Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread! Thanks so much. :)

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Alysha, thank you for your very sweet comment! I hope your guests love the bread. I like your idea about having this smell in your home everyday! Me too. :)

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

That is great news! "Pure perfection" is a very high compliment and I do not take it for granted. Thanks so much, Melisa! :)

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Hi Joye! You bless my socks off. And thanks for the great tip about the bundt pan. :)

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Thanks Erin! Glad you popped over. Excited to hear you might try the bread. :)

Alysha
Alysha

I just had to tell you that your bread was a hit! No one could wait to pull it out of the oven as soon as the smell started traveling thru the house. Even my picky 4yr old and my brothers picky 4yr old couldn't control themselves from asking when it was going to be done! When everyone left all I had left from the "dessert platter" was 2 pieces on one end. I snuck and saved it for my son since he actually liked something besides chocolate. Besides the fact this is super easy to make it was perfect for our cold rainy fall evening! Thank you!

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