Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread

What if I told you that you could make this without actually making the dough itself? It's true! Frozen bread dough for the win! 


cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread: thin layers of buttery, cinnamon-sugar goodness bake up into a masterpiece that's a cinch to make. It really is completely gorgeous! 


frozen bread dough

You'll start with a piece of frozen bread dough that you'll divide into pieces. 


Roll each piece into a circle, or circle-ish, brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Don't you love cinnamon-sugar? It's one of those flavors that takes me right back to childhood. The good part of childhood, not the getting made fun of because of curly hair childhood. 

Stack into a tower of dough. Once finished, place in a loaf pan to rise. 




It's ok if the pieces don't entirely fill the pan at first. They will as they rise. 



Bake. Serve warm. Sigh. Go back for more. Plan to never be without frozen bread dough ever again. 



Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread


1 loaf frozen white bread dough, thawed

1/4 cup salted butter, melted

cinnamon-sugar* 


*If you don't have cinnamon-sugar on hand, make it by stirring together 3/4 cup granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons cinnamon. 


Grease an 8x4" loaf pan. Divide thawed dough into 8 equal pieces, then cut each of those into three pieces. 


Roll each piece of bread (use a bit of flour if sticky) into about a 3" rough circle/oval. No need to be precise. Brush the tops with melted butter. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar. 


Repeat, stacking the bread into a "tower" of sorts. Once finished, place the stack into the prepared loaf pan. Cover with a greased piece of plastic wrap and let rise for about 1.5 hours. Don't worry if your stack doesn't cover the entire loaf pan at first – it will as it rises. 


Preheat oven to 350. Bake 35-45 minutes, tenting with foil after about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then run a knife along the edges and remove. Let cool for another 5 minutes before pulling apart the layers. 


I first developed this recipe for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends in a post all about frozen bread dough.

cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread


You need it. Make it ASAP. 


4 comments

  1. how thawed should the bread be? Like should we allow it to proof to its fullness?

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    1. I use the refrigerator method indicated on the package...Coat a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place frozen dough in pan, and cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray to keep it from sticking to dough while rising. Place frozen dough in your refrigerator 6 to 12 hours before using. Dough will not rise, but will be thawed and ready to use.

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