Apple Pull Apart Bread is filled with bits of apple, a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar all wrapped around a sweet yeast dough. In other words, delicious!
I've made a few different types of apple bread in the past. I've made Apple Babka, Apple Fritters, Cranberry Apple Bread, Apple Quick Bread and Baked Apple Cider Donuts! I love apples and cinnamon together. It's just such a great combination.
What is pull apart bread?
Pull apart bread is bread that is made in layers and is easy to pull apart. No knife needed to cut apart a slice. Monkey bread is a type of pull apart bread. Monkey bread is traditionally made with balls of dough. This pull apart bread is made with flat layers of dough.
I've tried a couple of different ways to layer this bread. I come up with two different methods. My first method is to place the layers all in one even row. This creates a nice uniform looking bread.
My second method is stacking four layers together and then randomly placing the stacks in the pan for the second method. It creates a fun rustic looking bread. Both are equally delicious - choice is all yours!
What type of apples are best to use?
You want to use a firm apple that won't fall apart when baking. I've used Fuji and Braeburn. Other good apples to use include Granny Smith and Gala. Usually if it's a crisp apple, it's great for baking.
Do I grate or chop the apples?
I've chopped the apples because I like biting into bits of apple. Grating the apple would also work in this recipe.
To make the layers
- Roll out your dough into a rectangle.
- Brush on butter and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar.
- Sprinkle chopped apples on top
- Cut dough into small pieces using a pizza cutter
- Stack dough
- Place dough in a bread pan with the ends facing up
- Layers can be placed in a straight row or in a random pattern
To place the layers in a bread pan, first stack four pieces together, turn layers on their side and then place in pan.
Some of the filling will fall off, but just scoop up any apple bits and add to the top after you've placed the dough in the pan. You can place the layers all in a straight row, or add each stack of four in a random placement.
Do I need to add a glaze?
You can add a glaze if you'd like. I've made it both ways. The glaze gives it a nice finished look and adds a bit of extra sweetness, but this bread is just as delicious without a glaze.
If you are looking for other great bread recipes to try, you might want to check out apricot cinnamon rolls and raspberry sweet rolls.
Another great pull apart bread you might want to try is my Garlic Pull Apart Bread.
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Apple Pull Apart Bread
- 1 large apple (about 1 cup chopped)
- ¼ cup butter (melted)
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- Use a stand mixer with a dough attachment.
- Add milk to bowl. Sprinkle on yeast and sugar and stir lightly. Let sit for 5 minutes until mixture is bubbly.1 ½ cups whole milk, 1 package yeast, 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- Stir in melted butter, salt, eggs and 2 cups of flour.½ cup butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 eggs, 5 ½ - 6 cups flour
- Continue adding flour with the mixer running on low speed until dough begins to come together and forms a ball. You might not need to add the last ½ cups of flour.
- Knead dough in stand mixer at low speed for 10 minutes.
- Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit until dough has doubled in size, approximately 60 minutes.
- When dough has doubled, punch down dough lightly to deflate dough.
- Place dough on counter and roll out into a rectangle - approximately 18" x 12" You can make larger if desired. The larger the rectangle, the thinner the layers.
- Brush dough with butter. Sprinkle with sugar and ground cinnamon. Sprinkling apples evenly over dough.¼ cup butter, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 large apple
- Use a pizza cutter or a knife to cut dough into smaller 3" x 4" pieces.
- Gently pick up squares and place in stacks of four. Place each stack with the end sides up in a greased bread pan. Stacks can be placed in a straight line or each stack of four can be place in a random order.
- Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.
- Allow bread to cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan.
- Continue cooling on a baking rack.
- Cover with glaze if desired.
- Mix powdered sugar and milk together in a bowl until smooth.¼ cup powdered sugar, 1 Tablespoon milk
- Pour glaze over top of bread allowing glaze to flow down the sides.
- You want to use a firm apple that won't fall apart when baking. I've used Fuji and Braeburn. Other good apples to use include Granny Smith and Gala. Usually if it's a crisp apple, it's great for baking.
- The glaze gives it a nice finished look and adds a bit of extra sweetness, but this bread is just as delicious without a glaze.
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Tried making it with gluten free 1:1 all purpose flour. Turned out terrible. Never rose, cracked and crumbly, and didn't fluff when baking. Any suggestions?
I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. I don't have much experience using gluten free flour. Make certain your yeast is still active. And here is a quote from King Arthur baking "Gluten-free baking with yeast can be trickier than other recipes, due to the unique role that gluten plays in breads, pizzas, and other yeasted baked goods. As a result, it's best not to try to make an existing yeast bread recipe gluten-free"