Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread

It’s frrriiidddaaaayyy woooo hooooo!!
… every week I yap on and on about how I can’t wait for the weekend, it’s going to be delicious, it involves sleep … and coffee … and pancakes .. and PJS – yaddy-yadda-yadda.
This week is no different, boy am I glad it’s Friday and I feeeel gooooooood!
*cue james brown – dancing shoes and all.
I hope that song is in your head all day – you’re welcome :) .
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Does anyone else automatically think of the movie It takes Two when they hear that song?!? Remember when the Olsen twins were so little and cute?!? – who am I kidding, I still love those style mavens!!
It seems like pull-apart-bread is the new cool cat on the block. Everyone is doing it, and you should too. Because, even though it’s bread and I’m scared of anything requiring time to rise … this number is pretty easy and it smells like you walked into Bath and Body works … expect more delicious … and edible.
Funny story while perusing ( you think that says pursuing, don’t you – I seriously did spell check/ thesaurus check six times just to make sure I was spelling what I wanted to say … side note, inside of my note … I’m a terrible speller and I am so thankful for spell check – wooo, ggggoo computers and things). Back to my story while perusing out there on the line ( the internship, watch it .. SO FUNNY!!) I saw a million recipes for pull-apart-bread … and then I thought, I’m going to put apples between each layer and it will taste like apple pie.
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Turns out, a lot of other genius people had the same idea. I almost didn’t make this bread – but then I did… and I ate it … a lot of it … and it made my home smell all nice and fall and cinnamony.
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Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread
Dough
2 3/4 cup + 2 additional TBSP
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp fresh nutmeg
½ Tsp ground clove
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Filling
3 Large Apples ( I didn’t peel mine, because I wanted that rustic look
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup Tubino sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp. butter, melted

Glaze
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 Tablespoons milk

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Directions
In a large mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, yeast and salt. Set aside.
Over low heat and in a small pan, melt the butter and milk. Once the butter is remove from heat and add the water and vanilla. Allow to cool.
Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Whisk together the eggs and add to the batter.
Add ¾ cups of flour and mix well.
Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Allow to rise for 50 minutes. Once the dough has doubled its size, knead in 2 tablespoons of flour.
Cover the dough again for 5-10 minutes.
Great time, to work on the filling. In a medium bowl, combine sliced apples, lemon juice, granulated sugar and sea salt.
In a small bowl mix together the turbino sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 oc, and prepare your bread pan.
Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the melted butter on the dough and add the sugar mixture.
Even spread your filling across the dough. Each slice of apple will act as a guide to the size of your square.
Using a shape knife, cut the dough into approximately equal sized strips — they don’t have to be the exact same – don’t worry. Then cut the strips into approximately equal sized squares.
Stack the squares on top of each other. Place them in a prepared bread pan.
Allow the dough to rise and additional 15 minuets in the bread pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until outside of bread is golden brown.

While the bread bakes, make your glaze.

Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and 2 Tablespoon of milk until smooth. Add more milk to thin, if desired.

Remove bread from oven, allow to cool 20 minutes and drizzle with prepared glaze.

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I feel like you should do this, then sit with it … pull it a part and have a Vince Vaughn movie marathon. If you invite me over, I’ll bring wine – promise.
And I’ll laugh obnoxiously at really immature jokes – promise.

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread

Hola my fine-looking friends in magical internet world, how you doin’ ??

Did you have a good weekend?

Are you as sad as I am that Friday night takes sooo long to get here, and Monday morning arrives lickity split?!?

Do you do anything special to add a little glitter to your Mondays?

An extra large coffee?

A doughnut?

An extra snazzy outfit?

Special shoes?

Special work arrangements?

Sweet notes in lunch boxes?

Are you a little weirded out that I’m questioning the bejeebers out of you???

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I made you bread.

With lots of butter on it, and it’s equally crunchy while being soft and pillow like.

And it’s easy.

And cinnamony.

And like Mama LTSL says, bread fixes everything.

Also,I ate it on a unicorn plate!!

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Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Loaf

5 1/2 cups Flour

2 Tbsp Quick Rising Yeast

1 Tbsp Honey

1/4 Cup Warm Water

2 Tsp Sea Salt

1/4 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder

2 1/4 Cups Warm Whole Milk

1/2 Raisins

1 Tbsp Coarse Cornmeal ( for dusting your loaf pan)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare 2  standard bread loaf pans ( each 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches) by either buttering or spraying with nonstick spray. Dust each pan with coarse cornmeal. Set aside until ready to bake.

In a large bowl, combine yeast, honey and warm water. Stir and set aside to sit for 10 minuets ( you want the mixture to get all nice and bubbly).

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In an other large bowl, sift together Flour, Sea Salt, Baking Powder, Cinnamon.

To your yeast mixture, add milk and 1 cup of the mixed dry ingredients. Mix until well combined ( it’s going to be sticky … not to worry).

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Once combined, add the rest of the dry ingredients. Last add raisins.

Separate bread down in two even halves – filling each prepared pan.

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Bake 45 minutes, until golden brown

Allow to cool and then slice and eat on your coolest mary-go-round unicorn plate … or any other plate that fancifies your monday.

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Seriously, slather some butta on a slice and chomp away!!

xo