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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, tasty recipe made from homemade dough, melted butter, brown sugar, and fresh or home canned apples makes cooking from the pantry extremely easy. 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Cooking and Cooling Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple bread recipe, apple cinnamon pull apart bread, apple pull-apart bread, canned apples
Servings: 10
Cost: $8


  • 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


The Bread

  • 3/4 cup warm milk around 115 degrees F
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt

The Filling

  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 quart 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


The Bread

  • Gently stir the milk and yeast. Cover the mixture and allow it to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • 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 30 seconds, 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.

The Filling

  • As the dough is rising, preheat the 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 9 x 5-inch Cast Iron bread pan. A metal bread pan will also work.
  • Strain the home canned apples very 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) and stack on top of each other. 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 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.
  • Prior to serving, drizzle the apple pull-apart bread with the glaze.


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.