Cinnamon Pull Aparts

These Cinnamon Pull Aparts are soft, tender, infused with cinnamon, and they are perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or dessert. I’m not a big fan of breads recipes that take hours to make, so don’t worry, this one comes in at around 1 hour total. This recipe DEFINITELY needs to go on your must-make/must-eat list…like right now!

cinnamon pull aparts

What are Pull Aparts?

Pull aparts are generally muffins, loafs of bread, or rolls that pull apart in sections to eat. The process of making cinnamon pull apart bread or muffins includes weighing and rolling small balls of dough that are then combined in 2-5 parts in a muffin tin. This same concept can be applied on a bigger scale by using a bundt pan to make Monkey Bread for a large group.

With covid-19 being around, however, these pull aparts are a great idea that are really just individual Monkey bread muffins. They are individual, so it’s easy for guests to take one without touching the rest of the cinnamon pull aparts. They are extra flavorful too because each pull apart gets more glaze and icing than they would in a bundt pan.

cinnamon pull aparts

Homemade Dough Vs. Canned Biscuits

It’s true that traditional monkey bread is made with canned biscuits or frozen roll dough. At Baker Street Society, however, we like to take things one step further to really up the game. Making homemade dough is really easy, it only adds about 10 minutes of time to the overall prep and bake time, and the result is so satisfying. Are you with me still?

Cinnamon pull aparts made with canned biscuits are delicious, and for many it is a reminder of childhood. But honestly, this recipe with homemade dough knocks them out of the park.

So if you are trying to decide whether to use canned biscuits or homemade dough, give the homemade version a try! You won’t regret it. But if you insist on using canned biscuits, you can use 2 cans in place of the dough in this recipe.

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How to Make Cinnamon Pull Aparts

  • Combine all dry ingredients and egg yolk in mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  • Heat milk and water in microwave for one minute or until super hot. Not boiling, but very hot.
  • Turn mixer onto medium speed and pour liquid into mixer. If dough seems dry, add a little more water until dough seems just slightly sticky.
  • Mix dough on medium-high speed for 5 minutes.
  • Turn dough out onto a cutting board and weigh dough on a scale. The dough should weigh roughly 20 ounces. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts, approx. 1.66 ounces each.
  • Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray and assemble cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
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  • Take one of the 12 balls, and cut the ball into 4 roughly equal parts. Roll each piece into a ball or leave rough cut and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place the 4 pieces in one muffin cup. Repeat with remaining 11 dough rounds.
  • Cover muffin pan once all of the muffins are in the pan and preheat over to 350 degrees. Let rolls raise for 15 minutes
  • Bring cinnamon, sugars, and butter to a boil. Pour over pull-aparts once the 15 minutes is up, and place in oven. Bake for 12 minutes, turn, and bake for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Flip over onto a cool rack so pull aparts are upside down and let them sit for 10 minutes so the glaze drips all the way through the bread.
  • Mix icing and drizzle over buns once cool. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
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Cinnamon Pull Aparts

monkey bread
  • Author: Camille
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert & Breakfast

Ingredients

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Pull Apart Bread

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water

Cinnamon Glaze

  • 6 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Icing Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Milk to thin icing

Instructions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients and egg yolk in mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  2. Heat milk and water in microwave for one minute or until very hot. It doesn’t need to boil, but it should be very hot to the touch.
  3. Turn mixer onto medium speed and pour liquid into mixer. If dough still seems dry, add a little more water until dough seems just slightly sticky.
  4. Mix dough on medium-high speed for 5 minutes.
  5. Turn dough out onto a cutting board and weigh dough on a scale. The dough should weigh roughly 20 ounces. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts, approx. 1.66 ounces each.
  6. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray and combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon in a bowl.
  7. Take one of the 12 dough balls, and cut the ball into 4 equal parts. Roll each piece into a ball or leave rough cut and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place the 4 pieces of sugar coated dough in one muffin cup. Repeat with remaining 11 dough rounds in remaining muffin slots.
  8. Cover muffins and preheat over to 350 degrees. Let rolls raise for 15 minutes.
  9. Pour remaining cinnamon sugar mixture into a medium pot along with brown sugar and butter for the glaze. Bring to a boil and pour over pull-aparts once they are done raising. Bake for 12-16 minutes, turning at the 12 minute mark so they brown evenly. 
  10. Flip muffin pan over onto a cool rack so pull aparts are upside down and remove pan. Let them sit for 10 minutes so the glaze drips all the way through the bread.
  11. Whisk icing ingredients, adding a little milk at a time until the consistency is thin enough to drizzle.  Drizzle icing over tops of buns once cool. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Notes

This is a Baker Street Society original recipe. Inspired by my grandma’s monkey bread recipe.

Keywords: cinnamon pull aparts, monkey bread, monkey bread muffins, cinnamon muffins with icing

 

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