Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Ingredients:

1 tsp dry active yeast

2 tbsp warm water

pinch of sugar

4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/4 cup bread flour

1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 egg

for filling ~

1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

for icing ~

powdered sugar

enough milk to make a slightly runny icing

Directions:

Mix together the yeast, warm water and pinch of sugar in a glass measuring cup. Let sit for 5 minutes until foamy.

While the yeast is resting, beat together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue beating until combined. Add the milk then your yeast. Stir well.

Add the flour, nutmeg and salt to the bowl and mix so that a dough forms. If you're using a Kitchen Aid mixer and you have a dough attachment handy (the captain hook looking thing), switch to that now. Knead dough for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. You could also easily do this by hand on a lightly floured surface.

Place a clean dishcloth over your bowl with the dough in it and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours.

After 2 hours, roll out dough into a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread remaining 4 tbsp SOFT butter all over. Make sure your butter is very, very soft here! Mix together your cinnamon sugar and sprinkle this very generously over the top. By generous, I mean a really thick layer of cinnamon sugar. Go big or go home.

Slice rectangle into 5-6 thick strips. Sandwich strips together and then cut this thick layered strip into 4-5 rectangles. Place rectangles cut-side up in a greased loaf pan. Smoosh together really well (it won't fill up the whole loaf pan) then place your dishcloth back over top and let rise for 1 more hour in a warm spot.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake bread for 30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool before drizzling with icing.

Time:

~4 hrs

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