Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Final Product
This is a recipe that I am planning to do with my boyfriend sometime this week, hopefully before Christmas!

Dough Ingredients:
2  3/4 cup     all-purpose flour
                  (set aside 1Tbsp extra)
1/4 cup         granulated sugar
2  1/4 cup      instant dry yeast
1/2 tsp.         salt
2                large eggs, room temperature
2 ounces       unsalted butter
1/3 cup         milk
1/4 cup         water
1 tsp.            pure vanilla extract

Filling Ingredients
1 cup            granulated sugar
2 tsp.           ground cinnamon
2 ounces       unsalted butter

Start With the Dough:
1.   In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and
2.   In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs.
3.   Melt the butter with milk either in microwave or saucepan.
4.   Add the water and vanilla extract to the milk-butter mixture and stir a
5.   Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula.
6.   Add the eggs and stir the mixture until the eggs are incorporated into
     the batter.
7.   Add the remaining 3/4 cup flour and stir with spatula for about 2
8.   Knead the dough into a nice ball, about 10 minutes.
9.   Grease a clean bowl and place the dough ball inside. Cover with plastic
     wrap and place in a warm space and allow the dough to rise until
     doubled in size, about 1 hour.
10.  Deflate the risen dough and knead about 1 Tbsp of flour into the dough.
11.  Place the dough onto a lightly floured work surface.
12.  Roll the dough out until it's about 12 inches tall and 20 inches wide.

Then Start the Filling:
13.  Melt butter in microwave or saucepan.
14.  Mix the sugar with cinnamon.
15.  Use a pastry brush to spread melted butter across all of the dough.
16.  Sprinkle dough with cinnamon mixture.
17.  Slice the dough vertically, into 6 equal-sized strips.
18.  Stack the strips on top of one another and slice the stack into 6 equal
     slices once again.
19.  Grease and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
20.  Layer the dough squares in the loaf pan.
21.  Place a kitchen towel over the loaf pan and allow dough to rest in a
     warm place for 30-45 minutes.
22.  Bake in the oven at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until the tops are dark
     golden brown.
23.  Remove from oven and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes.

When I actually get to try this recipe, I will post my own pictures of the process, and insert some comments, as well as rate the process and how it turned out!

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