Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup

 
Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking

Easter Pull Apart Bread – a delicious Easter treat!

Aaaah, there’s nothing better than homemade bread, hot out of the oven… except maybe homemade hot cross buns hot out of the oven!! But if you really can’t be bothered with making buns and piping all those crosses onto them, try this recipe instead for an Easter treat… It’s so easy and delicious, and one recipe makes two loaves of pull apart bread – one to keep, one to share! (Or maybe one for morning tea, one for afternoon tea – it’s very addictive!) 

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First you need to make a batch of hot cross bun dough and rise it in a warm place until nearly doubled in size. (I roll it up in my Thermomix silicon bread mat and let it rise in there.)  Your dough should be nice and soft, even slightly sticky – if it’s too dry you’ll end up with tough bread! 

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking 

While your dough is rising, make up a batch of honey-cinnamon butter in the Thermomix and set aside. Prepare two bread tins by lining with baking paper.

Once your dough is risen, punch it down on the bread mat, and spread it out flat with the heels of your hands into a large rectangle. The thickness is up to you – I like it about 1 centimetre thick. (You can use a rolling pin if you like, but I find it’s quicker to use my hands, and doesn’t stick like it does to a rolling pin.)

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking

Next, spread on some of the honey-cinnamon butter, then cut it into four strips, using the spatula so you don’t cut your silicon mat!

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking

(Like this…)

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking 

Stack the four strips on top of each other, and cut them into six pieces (cut in half, then in two lots of thirds)… 

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking 

 Place three of the stacks into each lined bread tin, cut sides facing up…

 

Using your spatula or fingers, fan the pieces of dough apart…

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking 

…so it looks like this.

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking

Rise again until nearly doubled, then place in cold oven and turn it on to 180 degrees C and let the bread rise and bake for about 30 – 40 minutes, or until golden brown, and browned underneath. (Pull it apart slightly in the centre to check that it’s done.)

Now for the syrup. 

Juice the orange that you used the zest from for the dough. Measure 50g of the juice into the Thermomix bowl, add 50g Rapadura and 1 tsp cinnamon, and cook at Varoma temp for 2 minutes, speed 2. 

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking

Drizzle the hot syrup over the pull apart breads. 

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking

Enjoy it while it’s warm! 

Or wrap some up for later… it won’t last long!

Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup - Quirky Cooking

Variation: You can make a glaze to go over the top instead of the orange-cinnamon syrup – just use 50g finely ground Rapadura (or raw sugar) and 50g rice-almond milk, whizz it up, and drizzle it over.

25 thoughts on “Easter Pull Apart Bread with Orange-Cinnamon Syrup

  1. Karen Heath says:

    Made these today, and they are absolutely delicious! Your instructions were so easy to follow, especially with the step-by-step photos. The whole house smelled wonderful while they were cooking. Thanks so much for yet another fab recipe Jo!

  2. Cherie says:

    Just finished making it and it is AMAZING!!! And so easy. I cheated with the honey butter, I melted butter honey and cinnamon in a pan and brushed that on instead. (I didn’t have cream in the fridge)

  3. Jo Whitton says:

    That’s great Cherie! I seem to make it a little differently each time – there’s so many variations you could do… I made it into monkey bread today, and that was delicious too!!

  4. Kate says:

    yum yum you’ve done it again. Delish!! Might venture into a savoury option next time. Olive and feta pull apart would be great picnic fare…
    Today’s bread story – I said to 5yo daughter, I am the little red hen can you help me make the bread ? “sorry I’m too busy” remember in the story who gets to eat the bread ? She thought for a while then said “well I’m one of the little chickens” !!

  5. Jo Whitton says:

    Oh, that is so cute!! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Yes, it’s great to do this with savoury breads too – even just with garlic and herb butter. Yum!

  6. Kylie says:

    I made a gluten free version of this today. First I made dough from my favourite GF bread mix (FG Roberts Cottage Loaf – because even the non GF-ers can’t tell the difference), then added the fruit as per your recipe and continued from there.
    It was fantastic!! The best Easter bread/buns/anything I’ve had in a very long time. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Can’t wait to try a savoury version of a pull apart now.

  7. Suzi says:

    I made this today – it was great! I’m a fan of the old cinnamon scroll that self syrups.. so I put 50g rapadura, 50g butter and 1tsp cinnamon in sp2, 2 min at 80C.
    Then poured it over the tin of bread before baking.

    When I pulled it out, I tipped it upside down and have the gooey sticky cinnamon syrup on top. So good!
    Off to have another bit 🙂

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  10. Wendy says:

    I am definitely going to make this! I currently live in the US and cannot find rapadura anywhere so I am going to sub coconut sugar…..will I need to use the same amount??

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