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Apple Dumpling Pull-Apart Bread

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 1-1/2 hr.

Makes

12 servings

I converted a basic sweet dough into this incredible apple-filled pull-apart loaf. The results are anything but basic. It takes time, but I guarantee it's worth it. You can choose one of the sauces, but using both is twice as tasty.—Gina Nistico, Milwaukee, WI
Apple Dumpling Pull-Apart Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 pounds medium Honeycrisp apples, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • DOUGH:
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • CIDER SAUCE & GLAZE:
  • 4 cups apple cider, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter. Add next 6 ingredients; stir to combine. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until apples have softened and released their juices, 10-12 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer apples to a 15x10-in. rimmed baking pan; spread into a single layer. Add cider to Dutch oven and bring to a boil; cook, stirring, until juices thicken and reduce to 1/2 cup, 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla extract. Pour over apple slices; cool completely. (Filling can be made 24 hours in advance and refrigerated.)
  2. For dough, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sugar, oil, salt and 1-1/4 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth, 2-3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  3. 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.
  4. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into an 18x12-in. rectangle; spread apple mixture to within 1/2 in. of edges. Cut into twenty-four 3x3-in. squares. Make 4 stacks of 6 squares each; place stacks on edge in a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°.
  5. Bake until well browned, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. For cider sauce, bring 3-1/2 cups cider and brown sugar to a boil. Cook, stirring, until sauce is reduced to 1 cup, about 25 minutes. For glaze, beat confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and enough remaining apple cider to reach desired consistency.
  6. Add remaining butter and vanilla to cider sauce. Cook and stir until sauce is thickened. Cool slightly. Drizzle sauce and glaze over bread.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 544 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 633mg sodium, 88g carbohydrate (54g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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