Apple and Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread for #TwelveLoaves

I was so looking forward to making this. The theme for this months #TwelveLoaves is apples and pears.  As I don’t really make much bread I was very tempted to make an apple loaf which of course would really be cake but I’ve done that on this blog  before and that would kind of defeat the purpose in my taking part in #twelveloaves, I’m enjoying the challenge of leaving my comfort zone and making more bread and using the dreaded yeast! What is it about yeast that can put me off making a recipe? I looked around and the recipe that most appealed was for pull apart bread, I saw it on pinterest and all over the internet. I looked at quite a few versions and it seemed the most popular recipe was from King Arthur Flour. I decided to try it out, as I’m not a very experienced bread maker I thought I would stick to the recipe as it is.

Play the cartoon wa-wa-wa music when something goes wrong, because that’s what happened. The recipe was a fail for me! Maybe I used the wrong yeast, maybe I was just unlucky. I wasn’t going to bother posting this but just because I write a food blog doesn’t mean I don’t have kitchen fails so I thought I’d share!

The apple filling was delicious and made the house smell so good. The problem was that the dough just wouldn’t rise, I left it in a warm place for the required hour, then for another hour in a different warm place. It rose a little so I thought Id give it a go. It was a fiddly mess to make, the filling was quite runny (I did leave the clear gel out as I didn’t have any/ really know what it was!) and that made the layers heavy and difficult to stack. I managed though and it all fit into the loaf tin very nicely, although the recipe says it will double in size and my tin was already full to the brim so I wondered what would happen. Well of course I needn’t have worried as predictably my loaf hardly rose at all! I put it in the oven anyway and it seemed to cook in the right amount of time. It smelled good and even looked good. But when it came to taking it out of the tin it felt quite solid and heavy. Then when I tried to pull it apart to take a picture I realised my doubts were correct, the bread needed more sinking in of the finger nails and tugging firmly to break apart the layers! No pulling apart at the “gentlest of touches” as the recipe suggests! I used the instant yeast out of a can as that’s what I had rather than using the instant yeast sachets, I think that is possibly where I went wrong. I was careful that the water and milk were neither too warm or cold but I find that the canned yeast is just too fussy and I’ve had problems with it before. The overall look of the loaf was good and I good see I wasnt far off but it was heavy, too heavy, you could have broken a window with that loaf if so inclined! I guess it wasn’t the end of the world, it did cook through and it was kind of edible it was just so disappointingly heavy that it really wasnt worth the calories.

So there you have it, I am probably #TwelveLoaves first failure! But I’m not giving up, I may well try this recipe again as it looks so good and I hate getting things wrong! If you have used this recipe or a similar recipe and have had success please let me know!

To see the more successful bakes of November’s # TwelveLoaves visit Barb’s blog Creative Culinary or Lora’s blog Cake Duchess

For the recipe for the Apple and Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread see here


  1. #1 by Wendy Read (@Sunchowder) on November 29, 2012 - 05:00

    I love that you posted your fail! We all have them Jayne 🙂 I am not sure they sell yeast in a can here. I use the dry sachets myself. The King Arthur recipes are usually wonderful. I have never made a pull apart bread–so wish I had a chance to try this. Maybe come January!

    • #2 by Jayne on December 4, 2012 - 12:28

      Im sticking with the sachets from now on!

  2. #3 by Lora @cakeduchess on November 30, 2012 - 02:56

    I’m so happy you posted this, Jayne. I was just looking at a Christmas bread post from last year. It was a fail and I did bake it again with a different recipe and it turned out much better. I’m still not sure what happened. I know it happens to all of. I bet the filling was so delicious and I did make a couple of pull-apart breads (one savory/one sweet). Now I’m intrigued to try it with apples! good for you to go out of your comfort zone.

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