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Apple Pull-Apart Bread Recipe

Apple Pull-Apart Bread Recipe

For a fun sweet treat that's certain to satisfy, try this recipe. Drizzled with icing, each finger-licking piece has a yummy surprise filling of apples and pecans. It's well worth the bit of extra effort. —Carolyn Gregory, Hendersonville, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4-1/2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in milk. Add 2 tablespoons butter, egg, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 2. Combine apple, pecans, cinnamon and remaining sugar; set aside. Punch dough down; divide in half. Cut each half into 16 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, pat or roll out each piece into a 2-1/2-in. circle. Place 1 teaspoon apple mixture in center of circle; pinch edges together and seal, forming a ball. Dip in remaining butter. In a greased 10-in. tube pan, place 16 balls, seam side down; sprinkle with 1/4 cup apple mixture. Layer remaining balls; sprinkle with remaining apple mixture. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over bread. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 248 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 14, 2018

"Fantastic, worth the little extra effort!"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2017

"This bread is great! I divided the dough in 4 PCs. I rolled & filled with the filling ( used an extra apple) I then draped the rolls around each other in Bundy.,pushing to make room. I cut sugar down in filling & used Some br sugar & butter drizzle over rolls with extra cinnamon.

The effect was flaky bread with a be sugar glaze on bottom when I inverted it. It wtook a lot less time. You can put in fridg to raise at this point to make in the morning. Take out & bring to room temp, making sure bread has risen. This is great treat on Christmas"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2017

"loved it! will make this again."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2017

"Would you be able to use a frozen bread dough for this? Thank You for any help!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"Yum! I made this with a few changes. Walnuts, added craisins and a little nutmeg with the cinnamon. For the glaze I just added some icing sugar to the leftover juices/sugar/spice solution. This made a delicious Sunday brunch. Just add a fresh coffee. Excellent recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"I made this for our New Year's Day breakfast, delicious...Ithe dough was lovely and the filling delicious. I also made. Extra filling as we like a lot of filing in our sweets.....will make again. Nice for family, great for company !"

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2016

"Mmmmm delicious! I also doubled the filling. Made it ahead for Christmas morning. I will put it in the freezer before my husband dives into it. I had a sample from the bottom of the pan."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2016

"Loved these. I did use my standard recipe for a sweet dough, but followed rest of recipe. I did double the apple filling as others suggested. Looked so pretty, I hated to pulled off some of the rolls to share with others. Will definitely make again, maybe tomorrow!!"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"WONDERFUL recipe. I'd give it more stars if I could. This has become a favorite within our house and with anyone we've shared it with. I don't even have to use the glaze any more."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"AMAZING! Time consuming, but definitely worth it. Thanks for the reviews ladies...definitely double up on the filling. LOVED it"

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