Monday, May 21, 2012

Cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread.

(Sorry I was so distracted making this I forgot to take pictures of the whole process!)

Now let me just tell you I WAY over nutmegged this thing but it was still completely heavenly. My oven thanked me afterwards, it won't last long and you definitely will want to burn your mouth eating lots of it as soon as it comes out of the oven! What makes this so special is browning the butter first, the flavor packs a serious punch. The entire thing is just like a gooey center of a cinnamon roll! And who can resist that, really? I adapted and slightly changed this recipe from Joy the baker and BOY am I glad I did. There's always a ton of recipes I cannot wait to try and this came up on my list recently and I was totally stoked to start baking, as always.


2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar (the grade of sugar isn't really important here.)
2 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter
1/3 cup milk
1/4 & 2 tsp water
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs


6 tbsp butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon


You're gunna wanna start with getting allllll your ingredients out, that's always important. I can't stress enough how many times I've gotten half way through a recipe and needed to go to the store!
So combine your flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in your mixing bowl, if you don't have a dough hook don't worry I rarely use mine anyways.
Then combine your butter and milk in your saucepan on the stove, get that heated up but only until the butter is melted then take it off! Let it cool for a minute or so, then go ahead and add that to your dough mixture above and then add the eggs, vanilla and water to the bowl too.
Mix or knead just until it comes together in a doughy like form, and keep kneading it until you have an elasticy dough, add flour if you need too sometimes it's not enough. Your dough shouldn't be sticky, if it's sticky you need to knead more flour in but only add a little at a time!
(about 3-6 minutes of kneading.)
Oil a bowl large enough for the dough and place your dough in there and turn it once to make sure it's coated with dough.
Let it rise for about an hour or until it's doubled in volume.

While your dough is rising brown the butter in a small saucepan but be careful not to overcook it. Then in a small, small bowl add together your cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg.
Transfer your dough to a lightly floured surface, roll it into a ball and let it rest for about five minutes then roll your dough out into a flat rectangle, as much as you can get it too. Mine was very elasticy and made a sort of small square but it works don't worry.
Brush the dough with the butter with a pastry brush or just lightly pour some on and spread it out! It works just as well, then sprinkle heavily with your sugar mixture. (I added a little brown sugar at this point and it was SO good.) And you need to use ALL of the mixture, it seems like a lot but its not. Then take a pizza cutter or very sharp knife and cut it into rectangles, should be about six.
Then stack them all on top of one another and cut them into six more while there still stacked.
Then stack all of them together in an oiled loaf pan, they might lean to the side and not stand up all the way but they will rise A LOT so it's okay.

Oven at 350 degrees F.
28-34 minutes in the oven, make sure the tops get sort of dark brown so the inside will be all done, and let it sit for fifteen minutes in the pan once its done. Prepare yourself for that step, its an irresistable smell. Once you've tortured yourself waiting run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn it upside down on a large plate, flip it over and it's ready to be eaten!

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