Orange Pull Apart Bread

taken from Sweet As Sugar Cookies

Makes 1 loaf (8 inch loaf pan)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Rise time: 1 1/2 hours

Cook time: 30 minutes

Cost: $1.55

(milk: .05, butter: .30, sugar: .05, eggs: .20, flour: .25, orange: .30, butter: .30, sugar: .10)

1/3 C milk

1/4 C butter

1/4 C water

1/4 C sugar

2 1/4 tsp yeast

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 3/4 C all-purpose flour


1/2 C sugar

1/4 C butter, melted

3 Tbsp grated orange zest (or about that from one orange)

Heat milk and butter until butter is melty (I do this in the microwave). Add cool water, so that the mixture is warm to the touch, but not hot (about 110 degrees). Add yeast and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix it all up into a gloppy yeasty mess.

To this, add 1 C of flour and mix. Then add another cup of flour and mix. It should be about ready to turn out to knead. (If not, add another 1/4-1/2 C flour). Turn it out to knead adding remaining flour as it gets sticky. I actually ended up adding another 1/4 C flour by the time all was said and done (for a total of 3 C). Your dough should be soft, but not sticky. This is a dough richer in fat, so it will have a more oily feel than a regular bread dough. When it's ready, you should be able to put your hand in, have it leave and imprint, and pull off without sticking.

Shape it into a nice and put it in your bowl to rise.

 Give it an hour or until it's doubled in size.

Then punch it down and roll it out into a rectangle that is about 12 x 20 inches. Do yourself a favor and put a good dusting of flour on the counter before you roll it out. (You're dough will be about 1/4 inch in thickness.) 

Now, melt your butter and drizzle it on. Then spread it with your hand so it covers the entire surface area. 

Mix your sugar and orange zest until it's gorgeous and fragrant.


Then spread that on your dough. 

Cut the dough short-ways into 5 strips. So you're going to have 5 12x4 inch strips. If you get mixed up and do it the opposite way as I've done below, that will be fine too, although it won't go into your pan as neatly. 

Then you're going to stack your strips on top of each other. They'll kind of stretch when you pick them up. That's okay.


Then you'll cut this long stack into 6 even-ish pieces (so 6 rectangles that are 2 inches wide). 


Then you'll stack them cut-side up in a well-greased loaf pan. 

Cover this and let the loaf rise until it's all squishy and coming up to the top or even a bit above the top of the pan.

Then bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. 

The top will get a little crusty and you'll worry you might be cooking it too long, but don't worry, that's just caramel-y sugar forming on top. 

Let cool, remove from pan, and--yup--tear it apart. 

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