Apple Pull-Apart Bread using Canned Apples

This apple pull-apart bread recipe is a cinnamon (and apple) lover’s delight. A smell good, taste good recipe made from homemade dough, melted butter, brown sugar, and home canned apples makes cooking from the pantry extremely easy. 

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Dessert needs to be appointed the main meal of the day. Especially one which is homemade. And delicious. And healthy. Hellooo, this apple pull-apart bread does contain apples and cinnamon. Oh, and brown sugar, homemade butter, a farm fresh egg, and organic flour. So, yeah, let’s make dessert the main meal.  At least for today, anyway. 

Cooking from the Pantry

A good apple bread recipe contains apples, and most will reach for fresh apples as an ingredient. However, I’m not most people. This recipe is made with home canned apples which happen to have been preserved in the earlier part of September. 

Regardless, the outcome is delicious and worth making throughout the winter and spring months. 

Best Baking Apples

The following varieties of apples are excellent for both, baking and canning. These varieties will hold their shape well and are excellent in flavor. 

  • Jonagold
  • Honey Crisp
  • Braeburn
  • Pink Lady
  • Granny Smith
  • Tompkins King 

Canning apples is a great way to preserve the apple harvest. This method allows for the canned apples to be used in various cooking and baking recipes, much like this apple cinnamon bread recipe. 

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Apple Pull-Apart Bread – Ingredients

The Bread:

  • 3/4 cup warm Milk (around 115 F)
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt

apple cinnamon bread

The Filling:

  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 quart jar Home Canned Apples (or 1 large fresh apple, diced)
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon

The Glaze

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Milk
Apple Pull-Apart Bread – Equipment
  • Small Glass Mixing Bowl
  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer
  • Medium Glass Mixing Bowl
  • Pastry Mat
  • Silicon Mixing Spatulas
  •  Cast Iron Bread Pan or 9 x 5-inch metal Bread Pan
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminum Foil

apple cinnamon bread

Apple Pull-Apart Bread – Instructions
The Bread
  1. Gently stir the milk and yeast. Cover the mixture and allow to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat eggs and sugar. Add the melted butter and the yeast mixture, beat to combine. 
  3. Add half of the flour and mix for 30 seconds, scraping down the sides and the bottom of the bowl. Continue to mix for an additional 3 minutes. 
  4. Add the remaining flour, continue to knead to form a dough ball.
  5. Transfer the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise at room temperature until it doubles in size.

apple cinnamon bread

The Filling
  1. As the dough is rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Once the dough has risen, flour a pastry mat and roll out the dough into a 20 x 12-inch rectangle. 
  3. Butter the 9 x 5-inch Cast Iron bread pan. A metal bread pan will work too.
  4. Strain the home canned apples very well, then cut the apple wedges (or slices) into small diced pieces, set aside. 
  5. In a small mixing bowl combine brown sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
  6. Melt 3 tbsp of butter, brush the dough with melted butter. Next, sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mixture onto the buttered dough. Evenly spread the diced apples on top.
  7. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut six pieces the long way (20 x 2 inch). Once cut, stack the pieces on top of each other, then cut the stack into 6 strips.
  8. Stack the pieces, cut side up, into the bread pan. Cover once again with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
  9. Bake the apple pull-apart bread for 35 minutes, covering the top with foil for the last 10 minutes. 
  10. Allow the bread to cool for 15 minutes. Once slightly cooled transfer the bread to a baker’s rack to finish cooling.

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The Glaze
  1. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and milk. Hand whisk until fully blended, add additional milk to create the desired consistency if needed. 
  2. Prior to serving, drizzle the apple pull-apart bread with the glaze.

Note

Fresh apples can be used in place of home canned apples. Simply peel the skin, remove the core and slice apples into small pieces. Keep in mind, if using home canned apples to strain them very well. If not, the apple bread will take longer to bake due to the dough being extremely moist from the juices. 

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Printable Recipe Card – Apple Pull-Apart Bread Recipe

To make things easier, enjoy this printable recipe card for your convenience! PS. An amazing cocktail sipper that partners well with this dessert item a good homemade apple pie moonshine or a spiced apple shrub. Both are outstanding in their own right. 

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Apple Pull-Apart Bread

This apple pull-apart bread recipe is a cinnamon (and apple) lover's delight. A smell good, taste good recipe made from homemade dough, melted butter, brown sugar, and home canned apples makes cooking from the pantry extremely easy. 

This apple pull-apart bread recipe is a cinnamon (and apple) lover's delight. A smell good, taste good recipe made from homemade dough, melted butter, brown sugar, and home canned apples makes cooking from the pantry extremely easy. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pull-apart bread

Equipment

  • Small Glass Mixing Bowl
  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer
  • Medium Glass Mixing Bowl
  • Bread Pan, 9 x 5
  • Silicon Mixing Spatulas
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Knife or Pizza Cutter

Ingredients

The Bread

  • 3/4 cup warm Milk, around 115 F
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt

The Filling

  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 quart jar Home Canned Apples or 1 large fresh apple, diced
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon

The Glaze

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Milk

Instructions

The Bread

  • Gently stir the milk and yeast. Cover the mixture and allow to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes until the mixture becomes foamy.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer beat eggs and sugar. Add the melted butter and the yeast mixture, beat to combine.
  • Add half of the flour and mix for 1 minute, scraping down the sides and the bottom of the bowl. Continue to mix for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining flour, continue to knead to form a dough ball.
  • Transfer the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise at room temperature until it doubles in size.
  • As the dough is rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once the dough has risen, flour a pastry mat and roll out the dough into a 20 x 12-inch rectangle.
  • Butter the Cast Iron bread pan. A metal bread pan will work too.
  • Strain home canned apples well, then cut the apple wedges (or slices) into small diced pieces, set aside. 
  • In a small mixing bowl combine brown sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
  • Melt 3 tbsp of butter, brush the dough with melted butter. Next, sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mixture onto the buttered dough. Evenly spread the diced apples on top.
  • Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut six pieces the long way (20 x 2 inch). Once cut, stack the pieces on top of each other, then cut the stack into 6 strips.
  • Stack the pieces, cut side up, into the bread pan. Cover once again with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Bake the apple pull-apart bread for 35 to 45 minutes, covering the top with foil for the last 10 minutes. 
  • Allow the bread to cool for 15 minutes. Once slightly cooled transfer the bread to a baker's rack to finish cooling.

The Glaze

  • In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and milk. Hand whisk until fully blended, add additional milk to create the desired consistency if needed.
  • Once cooled, and prior to serving, drizzle the apple pull-apart bread with the glaze.

Notes

Fresh apples can be used in place of home canned apples. Simply peel the skin, remove the core and slice apples into small pieces. Keep in mind, make sure to strain the home canned apples well. If not, the apple bread will take longer to bake then what is mentioned here. 

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