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Apple Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread

A simple enriched dough is stuffed with apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. It's basically a fall party in your mouth. Enjoy! xo
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breakfasst Rolls
Servings: 6 Servings


For the Dough

  • 2/3 cup (5 oz or 150 g) warm whole milk (warmed to 105-110F; 41-43C)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (7 g) instant yeast
  • 2 ¼ cups (270 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons (24 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons (57 g) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 4 pieces

For the Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups (148 g) finely chopped apple (about 1 large apple, cored)
  • ½ cup (110 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon (6 g) ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.5 g) sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter, melted

For the Icing

  • 2 ounces (60 g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (21 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.5 g) sea salt


For the Dough

  • n the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment add the warm milk and yeast. Stir well to combine and let sit for about 10 minutes until you see that the yeast is foaming at the top of the liquid. Add in the flour, egg and sugar and run the machine on low until the mixture comes together and a ball has formed, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the salt and 1 piece of butter and run the machine on low until combined. Add in the remaining pieces of butter, one piece at a time, not adding the next until the prior is completely mixed in. The dough may seem sticky, that's ok. If the butter isn't super soft it will resist incorporated into the dough. If this happens, stop the mixer, press the butter into the dough and then continue running it on low until it is completely incorporated into the dough.
  • Once the last of the butter is combined, turn the mixer up to medium and knead for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. It should not be sticking to the sides of the bowl, just the very bottom of the bowl. Lightly grease a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough in there, turning to coat the top. Cover loosely with a clean damp towel and set in a warm, draft free spot (not in direct sunlight) for 90 minutes or until double in size.
  • Once doubled in size, turn the dough out onto a clean surface. Use a small amount of flour underneath the dough if it's a touch sticky. Stretch and roll the dough into a 13x9 inch (33x23 cm) rectangle; the dough should be between 1/4- to 1/2-inches thick (.6 to 1.25 cm). Use a 4-inch (10 cm) round cutter and cut 6 circles out of the dough. Cover loosely with a damp towel while you prep the apples.

For the Filling

  • For the apples, in a medium bowl combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and sea salt tossing well to combine. Prepare a 9x5 inch (23 x 13 cm) pan by greasing it well and lining with parchment paper letting the excess hang over the sides (you'll use these to pull the baked bread out of the pan).
  • Brush each dough round with the melted butter and evenly distribute the apples between the six rounds. Fold one side of the dough onto itself (like a taco) and place open side up (like the photos) into the pan; repeat with the remaining dough rounds. Sprinkle any leftover apples in the pan and brush any leftover butter over the tops of the dough. Cover with a damp towel and let sit for 45 minutes. The dough should puff up during this time.
  • Preheat your oven to 350F (177 C), remove the damp towel and bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes or until lightly bronzed and cooked through. If using, an instant read thermometer it should read 190F (88 C) when pressed into the bread. Set on a cooling rack and after 10 minutes, use the parchment overhang to lift the loaf out of the pan and set on the rack to finish cooling (don't clean the bread pan yet).

For the Glaze

  • For the glaze, whisk together the cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, butter, powdered sugar and salt until smooth and well blended. Place the loaf back in the pan and pour the glaze over the top. Let sit until for about 20 minutes (if you can wait). Serve warm or at room temp, your call! Also, use two forks to separate the bread into slices. Thank you for making this Apple Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread!! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so that I can see your pretty loaves!!! xo
Thanks for baking with me! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your beautiful treats! xo