Friday, August 19, 2011

Blueberry Pull Apart Bread


  A couple of weeks ago I had to go to a family reunion. Of course, we were all supposed to bring one of our favorites, but like a typical food blogger I don't have one favorite. I wanted to make something that would be ok to sit out for a while and something that would be easy to serve. I remembered this pull apart bread that was amazing! When I went to start on it, I realized I didn't have butterscotch chips! This is rare, because I always have butterscotch chips. I was not discouraged. I figured if I could make babka with fruit in it, pull apart bread would work too!
     This turned out so good. When I pulled it from the oven I considered drizzling on a powdered sugar glaze, but I'm glad I didn't. It was just sweet enough without putting you into a coma. The blueberries and cinnamon sugar filling really complimented each other. Think blueberries and cinnamon rolls...
     As an aside, I apologize for the picture. I didn't get to take the best picture because I was rushing to get this done to take to the reunion...in a disposable loaf pan. That is why the picture is a close up of the bread!




for the dough:
2-3/4 c flour (take away 2T + 2.25 tsp if using whole wheat)
(Add 1 tsp wheat gluten/cup whole wheat flour)
1/4 c brown sugar
2-1/4 tsp salt
2-1/4 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c butter
1/3 c milk
1/4 c cold water
2 eggs, room temp
for the filling:
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
8 oz. blueberries
1/4 c butter, melted
  • Mix 2 cups flour with brown sugar, yeast, and salt. 
  • Warm milk and butter until butter melts. Add cold water. Let stand for 2 minutes.
  • Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix at medium speed for about a minute.
  • Add the eggs and remaining flour, and mix  for another minute. 
  • Cover the dough with a wet towel, and rise until doubled. (1 hour?)
  • For the filling, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 
  • Knead dough a couple times. Add a little flour if it's too sticky.
  • Roll dough into a 12x20 rectangle.
  • Spread about 2 tablespoons of the melted butter evenly over dough. Add the sugar mixture and sprinkle the blueberries on top of that. Make sure to spread out the bits so they cover the entire surface of the dough.
  • Cut the dough into 6 equal short strips. Make two stacks of dough with 3 strips in each stack. Then cut each stack into 6 equal parts. (Now you should have 12 stacks of 3)
  • Layer the dough squares in a greased (I used parchment paper too) loaf pan, like a flip book. 
  • Let the dough rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Pour the rest of the melted butter over the top of your loaf. 
  • Place on a rack in the middle of the oven, and bake for 30-40 minutes. Watch for the bread to turn slightly golden, then cover loosely with foil. This will allow the center to cook, but prevent the top from getting too dark.
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8 comments:

  1. This sounds so delicious. I will need to remember this recipe for the next get together I'm invited to. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. YUMMY...that does look so good and you are sharing the recipe too! Thank you. I may just have to give it a try.
    have a great day
    Judi

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  3. What a fun bread. I love blueberries, I bet this was a hit. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Looks great! I'll have to give this one a try!

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  5. This looks awesome! Pull apart breads are so delicious!

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  6. This is awesome...I bet it tasted awesome.

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  7. Great blog! Stopping by from the blog hop! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me too! Thanks!
    -Jilly
    http://thenummylittleblog.blogspot.com/

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  8. What a fantastic idea! Our whole family loves cinnamon-sugar pull-apart bread...so next time I bake some, I'm throwing some fruit in!

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