This sweet, soft bread is layered together with butter and cinnamon sugar, then topped with a thick vanilla icing - like any cinnamon bread should be.
I guess it is true what they say about March - March comes in like a lion and hopefully will go out like a lamb.
I think it is safe to say that the cold weather has definitely made herself known this season and is not eager to rest just yet. One thing in particular I will miss is turning the oven on and baking goodies; such as this pull apart bread. Since once summer arrives in all her glory the oven will be given a rest and the bbq will be front and center. At this very moment however I am reminiscing of the fireflies on a summer evening; though those evenings will not lack a dessert, I am forming a list of "no-bake" summer treats and checking it twice!
What started out as cinnamon rolls, turned into a pull apart bread when my imagination began to work overtime.
I confess I ate more than I should have...but I regret nothing.
It was a wonderful way to kick off the weekend. If you follow along on Instagram you probably saw our breakfast table...
I suggest eating this bread warm, so be sure to heat it before serving. I also suggest some jam and maple syrup.Print
Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Quick Bread
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 1/2 cups plain flour
- 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Proof your yeast by dissolving it in a cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes, until the top is frothy and bubbling.
- Preheat oven to the lowest setting, mine is 170 degrees F. Once the oven has reached 170 degrees turn it off.
- In the meantime, in the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, mix together flour, cocoa powder, egg, vanilla, melted butter and salt. Then add the activated yeast. Turn the dough over to a well floured surface. Knead gently a few times then transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover and place the dough in the warmed oven until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
- Once the dough has risen, turn over onto a flour surface and roll it out to about 1/4-inch thick. Mix together sugar and cinnamon, then melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Brush the entire dough with melted butter and sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough into rectangles. Carefully stack the rectangles on top of one another, then slice again into squares. Here is a visual tutorial.
- Carefully place each stack of dough squares into a greased loaf pan. With the remaining melted butter and cinnamon sugar, just brush the top of the entire loaf to finish it up. Cover and let the dough puff up a bit for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and bake your bread for about 30-35 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Now make your drizzle.
- If the icing looks too thick for your liking you can add an extra teaspoon of milk to thin it out to your desired consistency. Drizzle liberally over the entire loaf and allow the drizzle to set before serving - if you can 😉
Note: Prep Time does not include Inactive Prep Time.
- Serving Size: 1
Enjoy with Love,
Tammy & Catherine
Lisa @ Cooking with Curls says
Oh wow, that bread looks amazing!! What a wonderful breakfast, perfect for this long, cold winter.
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says
I am SO ready for the 'lamb' part of March 😉 Bring on the warmer weather! I love the looks of this bread, although I'm sure I would pull more off...and more...and more...it looks dangerously delicious!
Allie | Baking a Moment says
This bread is everything! I want to come to your house for breakfast!
Nicole Neverman says
This cinnamon bread looks and sounds divine! I bet it's a lot of fun to make, too 🙂
Dottie Sauchelli-Balin says
Dear Tammy and Catherine...
Such a lovely breakfast table and I am sure a very tasty and inviting Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread...It looks so yummy and a beautiful presentation. I could use a piece right now with my cup of tea...but I bet it is all gone..Thanks for sharing...Have a blessed Wednesday!
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How yum! Wish I could have a few slices with my morning tea!
Yvonne [Tried and Tasty] says
I just got home from dinner and I am stuffed to the max, but MAN this looks like it would make a perfect dessert! Yum!
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says
Lovely and delicious. I need to get over my bread phobia and make this.
This bread looks irresistibly good!
Esther B says
Il semble très gourmand ce Pull Apart Bread:)
Vanessa Morgan says
Oh wow. That looks delicious. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
My doughter loves it....it's delicious!
So perfect for a lazy Saturday morning!
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm says
Wow this would be perfect on the Easter Brunch table. My mouth is watering.
Patty Haxton Anderson says
Incredible recipe and I love your writing!
kitchen flavours says
Such lovely pull-apart bread! I love eating cinnamon bread. A lovely treat indeed with a cup of warm tea! Thanks for sharing!
Good Afternoon Catherine and Tammy, Oh my word your cinnamon pull apart bread looks absolutely fabulous. Whilst, here in England, we do not tend to eat a sweet bread for breakfast, I would certainly enjoy it with a cup of tea in the afternoon.
..... and I have to say, your photographs are tantalizing.
Best Wishes to you,
heather @french press says
this loaf would be incredibly dangerous to have around - I could easily eat it all by myself
wow, that looks fabulous!!!
Comedy Plus says
Oh this looks and sounds fabulous. Fabulous.
Have a terrific day you two. ♥♥♥
peter @feedyoursoultoo says
My daughter would love this! Me too!
Big Daddy Dave says
Tammy and Catherine, Heck...I'd be really happy if I could just have a couple of warm slices of this cinnamon pull-apart bread with some top notch butter! Looks great! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave
Ginny Hartzler says
It looks so wonderful!I would fill up on it with a drink till I got sick! We are just getting over having eight inches...still snow on the ground. Now six more inches tonight!!! It had better go out like a lamb!!
This is so yummy Catherine! I love cinnamon in bread it has a unique beautiful flavour. Nice presentation too. Hope all is well with you.
Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake says
I just can't. Stop. Staring. At this bread. I've been dying for a good cinnamon roll, but this sounds way better. I see Saturday morning breakfast! So lovely!
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
Oh my, this pull apart bread looks positively yummy!
That is one heaveny looking Cinnamon Bread you "guys." Dangerous as a pull apart because I would be tugging and tugging until it was all gone. Perhaps we could warm up Mother Nature a bit by sharing some with her. It seems to me she is lacking in cinnamon warmth these days:)
Thank you so much for sharing, Catherine and Tammy, the breakfast table looks so inviting and the bread, divine...
That is one of my favorite of all breads - and the icing. Why do I love sweet things so much? And do you 'make up or discover' these recipes on your own?
And happy birthday a day early!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can see why you overindulged! I would, too! What a scrumptious loaf!!!
Holly @Spend With Pennies says
This looks heavenly! I can't wait to make this for my daughters.
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
This looks amazing! I love the photos 🙂
Bread looks fantastic...Love your neat presentation!
Kim @ Wildflower Four says
This is the best looking cinnamon bread I've ever seen! I plan to make it for Easter breakfast (when I can eat sugar & grains again - I gave them up for Lent). Thanks for the recipe!
This looks so amazing!! Definitely pinning this for the next time we have overnight company!!
Renee's Kitchen Adventures says
This looks absolutely wonderful Catherine! I'm so ready for the winter weather to restreat, but if I could enjoy a slice of this bread, it would make it more tolerable, for sure!
Amanda Batcher says
WOW!! That looks like the perfect breakfast 😀 Thank you for linking up to Friday Favorites 😀 Have a great weekend!
All that's Jas says
The bread looks so inviting and I admire your photo styling! Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things, please visit us again next week!
This looks fabulously delicious. I can only imagine the wonderful cinnamon chocolatey taste these rolls must have. Thanks so much for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
Rattlebridge Farm--Foodie Friday & Everything Else says
Wow--I need this right now! 🙂
These pics are amazing. i will share them on my blog here: http://ozlemarioglu.blogcu.com/
Amy @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes says
I wish I wasn't terrified of yeast! This would be the first thing I'd make! Thanks for linking up at Best of the Weekend!
Katherines Corner says
Two big yums up ( thumbs up) for this wonderful breakfast treat. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.Watch for your feature on Monday xo
Miz Helen says
Your Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread would sure be a special breakfast treat. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
Made From Pinterest says
This is such an awesome idea! Just looking at this makes me hungry! I am going to go and make this as soon as possible! Thanks so much for posting this keep up the good work! Yum!
That bread looks gorgeous, really must try it sometime. Bet it was lovely for breakfast
Amanda Batcher says
Hey there! Stopping by to let you know that I'm featuring this recipe on the Friday Favorites Link Party tonight at 9pm... congratulations! Can't wait to see what you link up this week 😀
Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas says
Cinnamon bread is my all time favourite sweetbread, this looks so good. I'd eat more than I should if this was in front of me. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!
This looks delicious! I love anything with cinnamon and this sweet bread sounds like a perfect option!
Carrie|Carrie's Experimental Kitchen says
I think this would be a definite hit in my house; especially for Christmas morning instead of cinnamon rolls. Thanks for sharing.
My family would be ecstatic to wake up to this gorgeous bread any morning!!
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
I can't think of anything that's more comforting and delicious than a warm slice of cinnamon iced bread. Would love a slice right now with some tea!
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life says
Your cinnamon pull apart bread looks mouthwatering good! I wish I could just reach through the screen for a slice!
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
Gorgeous loaf. Perfect with brunch or afternoon tea. That icing!!!! XO
BRIANA JUTTNER says
How much cinnamon?? It is not included in the recipe.
Living the Gourmet says
Dear Briana, I apologize for the oversight! It's 1 teaspoon cinnamon for the filling 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the recipe!!