Apple Pull-Apart Bread

filed under: Bread · Breakfast · Dessert on June 5, 2020

Apple Pull-Apart Bread is an ooey-gooey homemade bread that is filled with spiced apples and topped with a sweet glaze. Try my Apple Fritter Monkey Bread for a similar recipe using store-bought biscuits. For a fried apple treat, give my Apple Fritters a try!

Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Pull-apart bread goes by many names, like monkey bread, bubble loaf, sticky bread, and few more. But, whatever you call this bread, it’s so delicious! It is meant to be shareable, but once you ‘pull apart’😉 your own piece, it will be hard not to eat the entire loaf yourself!

You may see a lot of pull-apart bread made in a bundt cake pan, but I made this Apple Pull-Apart Bread in a loaf pan. You can really use any pan you have on hand, just be sure to watch the bake time to make sure the center is completely cooked. 

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Apple Pull Apart Bread with One Piece Laying Down to Show Inside Texture

Apple Pull-Apart Bread Recipe

There are three important parts to this recipe–the apple filling, the bread dough, and the glaze.

Apple Filling Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Granny Smith apples
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon

Bread Dough Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • Instant yeast
  • Unsalted butter
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs

Glaze Ingredients

  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Water

Pan of Just Baked Apple Pull Apart Bread

Apple Filling

The first thing you will want to do for this recipe is peel, core, and dice your apples. For this recipe, dice the apples on the smaller side.  In a bowl, combine the chopped apples with the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, making sure to coat each apple piece. Set this aside while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.

I used Granny Smith apples for the recipe because they remain firm when baking. They won’t turn to mush and they tend to retain their shape when baked. A few other options you could try would be Honeycrisp apples, Braeburn, or Pink Lady apples.

Side View of Apple Pull Apart Bread with Glaze Dripping Down Sides

Pull-Apart Bread Dough

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast using the dough hook attachment. With the mixer on low, slowly add the butter, milk, water, vanilla, and then eggs. Turn the mixer on medium-low and knead until the dough is soft and smooth (about 2 minutes). If it seems too dry add a little water, if it seems too sticky add just a little flour, up to a 1/4 cup. Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise for about an hour.

Rolling Out and Filling the Dough

After the dough has had time to rise to double its size, it’s time to roll it out. Gently deflate the dough and place it on a floured work surface. Roll the dough out to about a 12×20-inch rectangle.

Spreading Apple Filling Over Dough for Apple Pull Apart Bread

Spread the apple filling over the entire top of the dough, making sure to get it all the way to the edges.

Cutting and Assembling the Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Cut the dough into strips with a long knife. Make sure you have a knife that is long and sharp as well as wide enough that you could use it to move the long pieces of dough over to the stack.

After you cut all the strips, start stacking them on top of one another. This was indeed a messy process, but with all the cinnamon and sugar making my kitchen smell great, I knew it would be worth the mess. Then, after all the strips are stacked, cut 3-4 inch sections out of the stack.

Finally, start setting the sections into the pan making sure that the dough is upright, or stacking horizontally, not vertically. Grab all the leftover pieces and throw them on top of the bread before baking! Cover the loaf with a clean towel and let it rise again for 30-60 minutes. (I know…more waiting, but it will be worth it!)

After the hour, bake the bread for 45-55 minutes, tenting it with aluminum foil after the first 30 minutes. You will know the bread is done if a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs on it, but no batter.

One Piece of Apple Pull Apart Bread Laying Flat on White Surface

Making the Glaze

To make the glaze, simply combine the confectioners’ sugar and 3 teaspoons of water. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until a pourable consistency is reached. Pour the glaze over the cooled bread.

Can I Make Apple Pull-Apart Bread ahead of Time?

Yes! You can make this the night before. Well, some of it! Right after you make the dough you can place it in the fridge overnight. Just remove it and allow it to come to room temperature in the morning, then continue the recipe as directed.

Piece of Apple Pull Apart Bread on White Surface

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Apple Pull-Apart Bread
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
cool
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
 

Apple Pull-Apart Bread is an ooey-gooey homemade bread that is filled with spiced apples and topped with a sweet glaze.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Pull-Apart Bread, Zucchini Pull-Apart Bread
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 439 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
Ingredients
Filling
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Dough
  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3-5 teaspoons water
Instructions
FILLING
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the apples, melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to combine, set aside.

DOUGH
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.

  2. With the mixer on low, slowly add butter, milk, water, vanilla, and then eggs. Turn the mixer on medium-low and knead until the dough is soft and smooth (about 2 minutes). If it seems too dry add a little water, if it seems too sticky add just a little flour, up to a 1/4 cup.

  3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan. (You can also use a longer/larger pan if needed, but the bread will simply not be as compact)

  5. Gently deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  6. Roll the dough into a 12" x 20" rectangle.
  7. Spread the apple filling over the entire top on the dough.

  8. Cut the dough crosswise into six 3 1/2" x 12" strips.

  9. Stack the strips on top of one another.

  10. Cut the stack into six pieces, about 2" x 3 1/2" each.

  11. Turn the pieces on edge, and place them in the loaf pan one in front of the other from one end of the pan to the other, squeezing them in tight. I sprinkled any pieces of apple that had fallen off over the top of the dough after I put it into the pan.

  12. Cover the pan and allow the loaf to rise for 30 to 60 minutes until it's almost doubled in size. While the loaf is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  13. Bake the loaf for 45 to 55 minutes in the center of the oven, tenting it with foil after 30 minutes. Remove the loaf from the oven, and transfer it to a rack to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before turning it out of the pan to cool completely.

  14. As the bread is cooling, make the glaze.

Glaze
  1. Make the glaze by combining the confectioners' sugar and 3 teaspoons of water. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until a pourable consistency is reached. Pour the glaze over the cooled bread.

Recipe Video

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Comments

  • Johanna says:

    Could I use Mango instead of Apples. We have so many mangoes this year. We want to try different recipes to use up the mangoes.

  • Lani Sahnow says:

    Would love to try this bread! How can I make this without eggs? Have an egg allergy, need a substitute please

  • Albertina Geller says:

    We all loved the bread! The taste was so rich that it did not last even a day between the 3 of us. Thanks a lot for sharing 🙂

  • Marlaina Zimmerman says:

    Love all your recipes

  • Johnnie Lowell says:

    I was hoping for a shortcut for the dough like usually done when making monkey bread using premade biscuits.

  • Janine Gallagher says:

    Every post from you makes my mouth water, just looking at it! Thank you!
    Janine gallagher

  • Ashley says:

    Could I use Gluten Free Flour for this recipe? I use Bobs Red Mill for all my recipes and they come out fine but I’ve never tried to make bread with it.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Ashley! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You can substitute gluten-free flour for all-purpose flour at a 1:1 ratio. However, we have not replicated that in this recipe, so we can’t say how it would turn out. Let us know! Have a great day!

  • Butch says:

    I wish there was a video, I’d love to make this but can’t quite picture the slices and how you actually stack them

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      There is a video! Just scroll up. 🙂

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    I could not find the video. I looked 3 times. I think I would not put my apple filling on until I had started stacking my dough. Looks like it would be easier to do it one at a time after it was on top of the other one.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Sorry. I have added the video into the blog post in a second location (right in the recipe card) should you have had trouble seeing it in the post. It really is easier to add all the fillings and then cut, as you will see should you be able to view the video now.

  • Yvonne Van Tassel says:

    This looks amazing! I am going to try it for sure.

  • Cynthia Jensen says:

    I only have regular yeast. How can I adjust the recipe?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Cynthia! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. If you have active dry yeast, you will need 1 1/4 packages of it (compared to one package of the instant yeast used in the recipe). This is about 2 4/5 teaspoons. In addition, you will need to let it activate in water, so I suggest activating it in some of the water that is already included in the recipe. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Barbara Brown says:

    Looks delicious! Have a apple bread recipe I use religiously and make for different people; but I am definitely going to try this one.

  • Mary Kay McEnery says:

    I made this today. My apples had so much liquid. Not thinking, I dumped the apple mixture on the dkugh and juice went everywhere. Most of it ran into the counter. Doesn’t look like that happened in the video. The bread is good but wonder if it would of been better with the juice.

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