Pull-apart bread is the web's new culinary star. This yummy bread (or cake) is a great holiday desert to share with friends and family, or a quick breakfast snack.
This is the classic recipe for pull-apart bread, based on cinnamon and raisins, but this bread can be made chocolatey, nutty or savory (by incorporating cheese or herbs, for example) - however you like it!
Pull Apart Bread (8-10 Servings)
• 1 cup milk
• 1/4 cup canola oil
• 1/4 cup of white or brown sugar (and a tablespoon or more so on the side)
• 1 1/8 tsp. of dry yeast
• 2 1/4 cups flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
• 1/4 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. baking soda
• 1 tsp. of salt
• 3/4 cup melted butter (about 96 grams)
• 1 1/2 tbsp. of ground cinnamon
• A handful of raisins
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F.
2. Pour the milk into a small pot. Stir occasionally and slowly add the canola oil. Then, while still stirring, add the sugar in gradually.
3. Heat the pot on a medium to low heat until the mixture is hot, but not boiling. Once hot, remove the pot from the stove and let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
4. While the milk-oil-sugar mixture is still slightly warm, add in the dry yeast. Before completing this step, it is best to move the warm mixture to a larger mixing bowl.
5. Add two cups of flour and stir until all of the ingredients are well-mixed together. Then, cover the bowl with plastic or a moist towel and leave the dough to rise for about an hour.
6. Once the dough has risen, add in the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, the baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
7. Lay the dough out on a floured surface and roll out the dough until it has a rectangular shape. Spread the melted butter on the dough. Save a bit of the butter to grease the baking dish and add on top of the bread later.
8. In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon with a bit of sugar and any other spices you might want to add to the bread (nutmeg also tastes great). At this point, you should also add the raisins (cheese and herbs if you're making a savory version).
9. Then, roll out the dough into a rectangular shape, and cut into six strips (horizontally, along the long side). Stack these strips and then make six cuts into smaller squares.
10. Place these squares into a rectangular baking dish that has been lined with some of the melted butter.
11. Cover the baking dish one more time with a towel to allow the dough to rise for another 30 minutes.
12. Then, add a bit of melted butter and extra sugar to the top of the dough. Place the dish into the heated oven for about 30 minutes until the top turns golden brown.