Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Once upon a time, I met some really great friends when we lived in Alabama. One of those great friends, Becky, is a fabulous baker. Seriously. She was always baking something delightful. On one of these occasions, she whipped up some yummy cinnamon pull-apart bread! It basically melted in my mouth and I ate way too much of it. {Trust me though, it was worth it.} Now, I’ve lived happily ever after, obsessing over it since. The end.

But not really the end, because what’s a story like that going to do if you don’t get to taste this scrumptious creation yourself?? No worries, I’ve got your back. Thank you, Joy The Baker, for sharing this recipe with us!


  • 2-1/4 tsp. (1 envelope) active dry yeast
  • 3 Tbsp. warm water {As warm as you can get it out of the tap, without boiling it.}
  •  3 cups bread flour, separated {Or all-purpose flour is fine, too.}
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast and water; Let sit until foamy. {About 5 minutes}
  2. In a medium bowl combine yeast, 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt; Set aside.
  3. In another small bowl {don’t hate}, whisk together eggs and set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter until butter is just melted. 
  5. Remove mixture from heat and add water and vanilla; Let cool to 115-125 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and combine well. 
  7. Add the eggs and mix until fully incorporated. {If you’re like me, you’ll ask your husband or someone to mix it for you because it seems to take forever to come together. Keep pushing on. It’ll happen, I promise.}
  8. Add the remaining cup of flour and mix well. {The dough will be super sticky, but this is exactly how it’s supposed to be.}
  9. Place the dough in a large greased bowl and let rise in a warm place, until doubled in size.
  10. While the dough is rising, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl.
  11. Melt your butter and set aside.
  12. Grease a 9x5x3 inch bread pan and set aside.
  13. Deflate the dough and knead until smooth. {You may need to add an extra Tablespoon or two of flour.} Let rest on the counter for 5 minutes.
  14. On a lightly floured surface, roll your dough until it is 12×20 inches wide/long.
  15. Use a pastry brush to spread butter evenly over the dough.
  16. Cover completely with sugar. {Yep, you heard me. Completely. Go big or go home, folks.}
  17. Vertically slice the dough into six equal parts and stack those slices on top of each other. {You may need to refer to Joy’s blog for this part. She does a really great job at showing exactly what you’re doing.}
  18. Slice those stacked slices into six more equal parts, leaving you with six stacks of six squares.
  19. Layer the dough slices into the bread pan like a flip book.
  20. Let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size. {Keep an eye on it. I left mine alone and when I came back it was literally moving and falling out of the pan. Creepy.}
  21. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  22. Bake on center rack for 26-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  23. Remove from oven and run a butter knife around the edges; Let rest for 20 minutes.
  24. Tip pan upside down onto a clean surface. 
  25. Pull apart pieces and enjoy while it’s warm!
I know this may seem like a lot of work, but it’s really not that hard. The ending result is so, so worth it and you can’t help but love it! Enjoy, my friends.
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  1. says

    If I thought the Peaches and Cream Overnight French Toast was a winner, then this is just out of the park. It’s the perfect time of year for cinnamon sugar dishes… This might just have to make an appearance on our Sunday dinner table. (Newest follower!)

  2. says

    wow, yum!!! I just made a pumpkin version of pull apart bread for the first time. Will be doing it again for sure. Will have to try your version. I came over from Catch a Glimpse.

  3. says

    Quick question: Step 2 says to combine yeast (and other ingredients) in a medium bowl…is this the yeast and water mixture that you just made in step 1? Just making sure! I can easily screw up a recipe lol

  4. says

    Quick question: Just wanted to clarify. In step 2, it says to combine the yeast with other ingredients in a medium bowl. Is this the yeast and water mixture from step 1? I can easily screw up a recipe…just wanted to check. lol


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