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 with One Piece Laying Down to Show Inside Texture

Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Pull-apart bread goes by many names, like monkey bread, bubble loaf, sticky bread, and a 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!

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Pan of Just Baked Apple Pull Apart Bread

What Kind of Apples are Best?

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

Can I use a Different Pan?

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. 

Spreading Apple Filling Over Dough for Apple Pull Apart 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.

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

How to Freeze

Prepare and bake the bread as instructed, but leave off the glaze. Let the loaf cool completely in the pan; then wrap it tightly in aluminum foil. (Do not use plastic wrap here; it could trap in condensation and make the loaf soggy.) Place the loaf in a freezer bag or storage container and freeze for 2-3 weeks. Be sure to label and date the packaging.

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.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • ½ cup (100 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Dough

  • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoons instant yeast
  • ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • cup (82 g) whole milk, warmed (about 110°F)
  • ¼ cup (62.5 g) water, warmed (about 110°F)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

Glaze

  • 1 cup (125 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 3-5 teaspoons water

Instructions

FILLING

  • In a medium bowl, combine the apples, brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon. Stir to combine, set aside.

DOUGH

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, mix together the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add butter, milk, water, eggs, and vanilla. 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 ¼ cup.
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Spray a 12 x 4½-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. (You can also use two 8×5-inch pan or smaller; you will just need to equally divide the dough between the pans.)
  • Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll the dough into a 12×20-inch rectangle.
  • Spread the apple filling over the entire top on the dough.
  • Cut the dough crosswise into 6, 3½x12-inch strips.
  • Stack the strips on top of one another.
  • Cut the stack into 6 pieces, about 2×3½-inches each.
  • 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.
  • Cover the pan and allow the loaf to rise for 30-60 minutes, or until almost doubled in size. While the loaf is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 45-55 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 15-20 minutes before turning it out of the pan to cool completely.
  • While the bread is cooling, prepare the glaze.

Glaze

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

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Reader Comments

    1. 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!

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

  2. 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.

    1. Hi, Joann! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried making this in a bread machine, so I can’t say how it would turn out.

  3. Would love to know how to make this bread in a bundt pan. Some of the comments indicate it was tried & was successful.

  4. To anyone having trouble seeing the video – turn off your ad blocker. I had my ad blocker on and couldn’t see the videos. Once I turned it off and refreshed, it was displayed as described in the comments – once within the post, and again inside the recipe card.

    I hope this helps! I haven’t made it yet so I’m not rating the recipe but it looks amazing and I plan to make it!

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