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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread + Weekly Menu

This is the perfect recipe to post on this most uneventful day. Today is the first day in a long, long time that I have NOTHING I “have” to do. What a beautiful thing…

While the weather isn’t fabulous, it could be worse. I was just happy to sleep in, and wake-up to Mr. Prevention at my side. Of course, he continued to catch another 2+ hours of beauty rest while I got up and got busy on this recipe. Happy to do so, I should add.

I saw this Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread 2 weeks ago and I’ve been chomping at the bit, literally, to make it ever since. This is the perfect breakfast treat…on occasion. While I can’t sing the praises of its nutritional composition, that is quickly forgotten as it melts in your mouth.

Plan ahead as this isn’t a quick treat. But I assure you, it is well worth the wait. Mr. Prevention enjoyed the cinnamon and sugar scent wafting its way up to the bedroom. He reported directly to the kitchen, inquiring what I was up to. What can I say? The man loves his carbs. But then again, who doesn’t? 😉


Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread from Joy the Baker, adapted from Hungry Girl por vida, as seen on Annie’s Eats

For the dough:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs

For the filling:
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg


To make the dough, combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook. Combine the butter and milk in a small saucepan and heat just until the butter is melted. Set aside and let cool briefly, until the mixture registers 115-125 F, or until a thin film starts to form on the mixture. Add the milk mixture, water, vanilla and eggs to the mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until a cohesive ball of dough forms. Continue to knead until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour as needed 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough clears the sides of the bowl and is tacky but not sticky. Knead about 3-5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat, and cover. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. (After the dough has doubled, it can be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before proceeding.)

While the dough rises, melt the butter. Set aside. Combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl and mix well.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and gently deflate. Roll into a ball, cover with a clean towel and let rest for 5 minutes. Roll the dough out into an approximately 12 x 20-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the butter and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the dough in an even layer.

Lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and dust with flour. Slice the dough vertically into 6 even strips. Stack the strips on top of each other and again cut again into 6 equal slices, to make little squares. Stack all the squares on top of each other and set into the prepared loaf pan. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place, 30-45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Transfer the loaf to the oven and bake 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let rest in the pan 20-30 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen and carefully turn the loaf out, transferring to a serving plate. Serve warm. Yield: one 9 x 5″ loaf (about 8 servings of 4 to 5 tear-away pieces each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 410 calories; 13.6 g. fat; 84 mg. cholesterol; 252 mg. sodium; 65.6 g. carbohydrate; 1.7 g. fiber; 6.9 g. protein

Result: Heavenly, obviously 🙂 It’s hard to stop — make it for a group, or one hungry, hungry husband! 😀 Enjoy!


Yesterday was weigh-in. I attended a new meeting and sadly, their scale was not reflective of my own. While I was expecting a small loss (0.2 lbs), their scale read +0.8 lbs. That’s okay, though…no biggie. I’m feeling motivated! However, last night was an indulgent order of Chimichangas and beer tasting and this morning started off with this sinful Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread! Calories all accounted for!

Workout-wise, yesterday was 45 arduous mintutes on the elliptical followed by a mile cool-down walk on the treadmill. I also walked Lily twice yesterday. Today will be a run…probably 5 miles or so. 🙂

Weekly Menu: May 1st – 5th

Question: What’s your favorite sinful breakfast?

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  1. May 1, 2011 / 12:35 pm

    Sundays with nothing on the agenda are so nice! Glad you get to slow down a bit! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your breakfast looks wonderful!!! My favorite indulgent breakfast is a savory omelet with hash brown potatoes.

  2. May 1, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    It’s like monkey bread, but cooler! I just really love pancakes- I sort of go above and beyond with them- so they’re more like a dessert than anything else…

    • Nicole
      May 1, 2011 / 10:04 pm

      I need to research Monkey Bread. I know my mom has made it for her work a few times and all she ever says is how unhealthy it is ๐Ÿ™‚ So, basically, it’s got to be similar to this recipe!

  3. May 1, 2011 / 1:24 pm

    This looks soooo good! I love breads that pull apart…they’re so addicting though because I just want to keep pulling! Cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing definitely top my sinful breakfast list.

    • Nicole
      May 1, 2011 / 10:03 pm

      Cream cheese frosting makes everything better ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. May 1, 2011 / 2:52 pm

    That .8 will be GONE in a flash Nicole!!! My favorite sinful breakfast – french toast stuffed with cream cheese and fruit….with lots of maple syrup. We had it at a B&B once….and I’ll never forget it. I’m sure it was a week’s worth of points in one meal!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great rest of the day!!

    • Nicole
      May 1, 2011 / 10:02 pm

      Thanks, Roz! I hope so! I’ve never had/made stuffed French Toast. I tend to have a fondness for all things involving cream cheese ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. May 1, 2011 / 4:50 pm

    That bread sounds amazing. It would be the perfect breakfast for a day like today. Far better than the half assed oatmeal I made. Trying to find food in my parents kitchen is painfully difficult.

    • Nicole
      May 1, 2011 / 10:02 pm

      Aw ๐Ÿ™ I hope Lexie is doing well!

  6. May 1, 2011 / 5:46 pm

    That pull apart bread looks so fun and easy to EAT haha!

    Peach and Gorgonzola Chicken Pizza! That sounds like such a good combo!

    Oh goodness, I miss big elaborate sinful breakfasts like eggs florentine with home fries or a big stack of pancakes with real maple syrup! Italy doesn’t really do exciting breakfasts…

    • Nicole
      May 1, 2011 / 10:01 pm

      Now that I’m thinking of it, you’re right. Italy needs to work on making breakfast sinfully delicious like the French ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. May 1, 2011 / 6:23 pm

    Mmm this looks delicious! There’s just something about warm bread with cinnamon sugar that makes for a perfect breakfast. It sounds just like a churro ๐Ÿ˜€ My favorite guilty breakfast would be a big stack of chocolate chip pancakes or french toast ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Nicole
      May 1, 2011 / 10:01 pm

      It was exactly like a churro! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole
      May 2, 2011 / 1:08 pm

      Yes! You very much so do need to make this. If you’re less than impressed, I’ll be in Canada in no time to help out.

  8. May 2, 2011 / 9:29 am

    I’ve had this bookmarked since I saw it on Joy the Baker! It looks just as amazing today as it did then! I really want it, but need to wait until I have plenty of people to help me eat it!

    • Nicole
      May 2, 2011 / 1:08 pm

      I strongly recommend that plan. My fingers were in the leftovers this morning. So good reheated in the microwave. Though, I probably shouldn’t have shared that, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Liz
    May 2, 2011 / 9:36 am

    I saw this on Annie’s Eats last month and immediately book marked it. Looks delicious! I was drooling over the shrimp cobb salad on the cover of Cooking Light – all of my favorites in one salad! I hope it turns out as good as it looks!

    • Nicole
      May 2, 2011 / 1:07 pm

      I hope so, too!

      This pull-apart bread is seriously amazing…I fell in love all over again this morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. May 3, 2011 / 8:11 am

    Ahhh I saw this glorious recipe a few weeks ago too–looks heavenly & I bet it sure does smell amazing when it’s baking. The taste can’t be bad either ๐Ÿ˜‰

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