Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

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Lo and behold, I hit upon "it".  What is "it", you ask?  Well, apparently the smell of Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread baking in the oven is what "it" takes to lure my youngest son out of his bedroom.

He put down the X-box controller and emerged from his hibernation...in search of what smelled so good.  He told me "It smells like Christmas!  What are you baking?"  He knows I only make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.  Yes, the labor intensive cinnamon rolls that are worth the effort comes but once a year at our house.  However, if you want to get the SMELL and the TASTE of cinnamon rolls ANY day of the week, then you MUST try this recipe.  

It's another "cheater" recipe.  Or as Sandra Lee would say, "Semi-Homemade" because it involves frozen bread dough.  

Here you go.

Begin with 1 loaf of frozen bread dough, 1/3 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.  
Spray or grease your bread loaf pan.  

Let your bread sit out a bit.  You want it partially thawed, but partially frozen, too.  (Hhmmm, what is she talking about?)  Well, when you can safely cut it into 24 thin slices without losing a finger or two, then you'll know it's thawed enough.  

Ok, melt your butter in a saucepan on low.  Don't burn it.  You'll remember I don't use my microwave except for popcorn or occasionally reheating leftovers.  If you want to use your microwave, go for it.  Then you can email me and I'll tell you a tip on cleaning splatters of butter off of the inside of your microwave.  

In a small bowl, stir together your cinnamon and sugar.  

If you haven't already, cut your bread into four equal pieces.  Then cut each piece into 6 slices.  Now, dip each piece in butter first, coating both sides, and then the cinnamon-sugar, again coating both sides.  Place in pan.  You will do this with all 24 pieces of bread.  Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non stick spray and let rise.  

Once assembled in the pan and completely risen your loaf should look like this.
Now, (this is hours later) you are ready to bake your bread.  Place your loaf in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for about 20 minutes.  More depending on your oven.  Remove from pan and let cool for a few minutes.  

While it's cooling, prepare your glaze.   You will need 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 Tablespoons of milk, 2 Tablespoons of butter and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.  Melt the butter and then mix in the remaining ingredients until thoroughly smooth.  

Turn your bread onto your serving dish, drizzle your glaze on it, and then grab a slice for yourself* before your family comes wandering in to devour it.  Your finished product should look like this.
*I should have told you days ago that I'm a "pusher", not a "user".  I make these delicious creations and force others to consume the calories.  Others, like YOU.  I'm luring you into the habit, the sweet tooth habit, don't tell your dentist about me.  

Hope you enjoy this bit of Christmas morning on any day of the week recipe!  

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread
by The Hardscrabble Home

Bread Ingredients -
1 loaf of frozen bread dough
1/3 cup of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Glaze Ingredients -
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 T. milk
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan.  Let your bread thaw enough that you can safely cut it into 24 equal thin slices.  Melt your butter.  Mix cinnamon with the sugar in a small bowl.  Dip each slice into butter, then cinnamon-sugar, coating both sides with each.  Re-assemble in your pan.  Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non stick spray.  Let rise.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Cool for about five minutes and then place on serving plate.

Melt butter for glaze, mix in milk, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Drizzle over your bread and serve.  Keep leftovers* in an airtight container.  (*AS IF there will be any leftovers, hahaha).


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