My first autumnal bake of the season is this sticky and smelling of cinnamon and orange zest Pumpkin & Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread! If you've never made bread like this before and are little apprehensive, fret not as I shall guide you step by step (with photos) so that you can make and enjoy it in no time!
This bread is one of the tastiest and stickiest yeasty creations I've had an ultimate pleasure of eating. It's really not that difficult to make at all and the pleasure of pulling apart lovely, still warm slices only to reveal yet another fluffy pillow of cinnamon goodness is a pure pleasure. If you love laid back weekend mornings when you take your time over whatever your brekkie/brunch of choice is that day, this loaf would be perfect addition to one of these.
Few helpful tips
I must admit, because of the amount of cinnamon used in this recipe the flavour of pumpkin itself is slightly diminished. However, its presence in the dough allowed me to reduce the amount of milk used and also introduce a little bit of pumpkin goodness!
For all my pumpkin bakes on the blog I use my own pumpkin puree. If you'd like to find out how to make it, check out this Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree post. One thing to bare in mind is that the consistency of homemade puree tends to be more watery than that of the kind you can buy in a tin. If you use tinned puree for this recipe you might want to add a little bit more milk as you knead your dough but only if it appears too dry so do not increase the amount of milk at the start.
When using homemade puree, on the other hand, due to its higher water content you might have to add a bit more flour as you knead your dough to get the right consistency. One word of warning though, try and add as little as possible as too much flour will make for tougher loaf. It's good to knead the dough for a while before adding more flour too early as on many occasions it's not kneading the dough enough what's responsible for stickiness rather then need for more flour. In my case (using my homemade puree), I had to add 2 extra tablespoons of flour plus a sprinkle on my worktop too.
This scrummy loaf is best eaten on the day you bake it, still slightly warm although I find it as delicious the day after. Sometimes on a second day I pop a slice in a microwave for a few seconds to freshen it up a bit which does the trick (please don't judge 😉 ).
If you are feeling really indulgent you could drizzle your loaf with a little icing but personally I find it's perfect as is with a mandatory cup of milky coffee for me or hot chocolate for the little ones who love this loaf too.
If you are into the autumnal flavours and like baking with pumpkin try these Pumpkin & Cinnamon Muffins with Plum Jam or Pumpkin Banana Bread (Vegan). Alternatively, these Easy Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes would make another fantastic weekend breakfast! These Crunchy Pumpkin Cookies would make perfect weekend bake with your kids - get those cookie cutters ready!
Quick step by step guide to Pumpkin & Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
Pumpkin & Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
- 350 g strong bread flour
- 7 g packet of dried/fast acting yeast
- 60 g vanilla sugar or caster sugar see notes below
- 50 g unsalted butter (melted and cooled slightly)
- 50 ml warm milk see notes below
- 150 g pumpkin puree see notes below
- zest of ½ or 1 orange as per your preference
- 1 large egg
- pinch of salt
Cinnamon butter filling
- 70 g unsalted butter
- 100 g light brown sugar
- 2 tsp (heaped) ground cinnamon
Loaf tin (25 x 12 cm) greased and lined with baking paper (no lining required if using silicone loaf tin)
- Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature or as stated above.
- In a large bowl or in a bowl of your standing mixer (if using) mix flour and dried yeast. Follow with the remaining ingredients and start kneading.This dough has quite sticky consistency and depending on the flour you are using and also your pumpkin puree you might need a little bit more flour (I've added additional 2 Tbsp + some on the working surface) to get the dough which was quite silky and easy to work with.
- Once finished kneading make your dough into a ball and put in a large, lightly oiled bowl. Cover and leave it in warm place for 45 min - 1hr until doubled in size.
- When your dough is looking ready prepare your cinnamon butter filling. In a small saucepan melt your butter, add sugar and cinnamon and mix until well combined.
- Put your proved dough onto lightly floured surface and stretch it or roll gently to the shape of rectangle (roughly 45 x 30cm). Spread butter mixture evenly all over the dough and slice into 4 equal size strips (lengthwise). Pile the strips on top of one another and cut into 6 equal pieces.
- Place your 6 pieces "standing up" snuggly in your loaf tin and leave it covered for second proving (approx. 30 min). Bake in 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 oven for approx 40 min. If you don't want your loaf to be too brown simply cover it with aluminium foil during first 20 min of baking. Once baked let it cool slightly in a tin before turning out and enjoy whilst still warm!
- Nutritional information is approximate, per loaf and meant as a guideline only.
- If you don't have vanilla sugar you can add 1 tsp of vanilla paste or extract or seeds scraped out from half vanilla pod. Check out this post for details on how to make your own vanilla sugar.
- If using tinned pumpkin puree you might have to add a bit more milk as you knead the dough. Please take care and do it gradually and only if needed and not at the start.
- If using homemade pumpkin puree which has got slightly more watery consistency, you might knead to add a little bit more flour. Again, do it gradually and only if needed.
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