Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

I decided to make this for Christmas breakfast for my family. It was a bit time consuming, but super tasty! It made 2 loaf pans and I knew that we wouldn't eat all that, so I brought the rest over to my mom's house where we were spending Christmas day... It was really good when it was warm and still good when it was cold later! :) Definitely a sweet redo treat!

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
(recipe found on pinterest via jamiecooksitup.net)

1 cup hot milk
3/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
5-6 cups flour

1/2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar

2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Heat cup of milk in the microwave for 1 minute. Carefully place the 4 tablespoons of butter into the hot milk. Let it sit until the butter starts to melt. In mixing bowl place 2 cups flour, salt, sugar and eggs. Let it mix just long enough for the egg to get a bit mixed in. Pour in hot water. Add the milk/butter mixture. Mix for 30 seconds. Add yeast and mix until combined. With the mixer on low, begin to add the rest of the flour. Add the flour until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Once you have the right amount of flour, mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. Cut the dough into two equal parts. Shape each half into a round ball and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Letting the dough rest will make it easier to roll out. Roll each ball of dough out into a large rectangle. Spread 4 tablespoons softened butter over the top of each rectangle. Sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup brown sugar over the butter. Using your loaf pan for a guide, cut the rectangle into three long strips the width of your pan. Cut each strip into 6 or 7 pieces.

Stack the pieces on top of each other. Carefully set them into the loaf pans. Place them into a 170 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the dough has risen up and over the top of the pans (about 1-2 inches). Turn your oven temperature to 350 degrees, leaving the pans in the oven to rise a bit more as the temperature increases. Once the oven reaches 350 degrees bake the loaves for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the loaves are cooked through. While your loaves are baking make the glaze. Into a small mixing bowl place glaze ingredients and whisk all together with a fork until smooth. When the loaves are done baking take them out of the oven and let rest for about 10 minutes. Then remove the bread from the pans to a serving plate and drizzle the glaze over the tops and between a few of the layers while the loaves are still warm.

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