Apple Walnut Pull Apart Loaf

Pull apart  breads   come in all   flavors  ,  ready  for   breakfast ,  lunch,   dinner  or  any time  in between .   These  are  meant  to be  shared , no  slicing required ..  Apple  walnut  Pull Apart loaf is lightly sweet –  perfect  for laid back  breakfast  or  to take  along on a picnic.. Honestly this is one  bread  that  tastes heavenly when warm ,  don’t  bother  with  cooling  racks  and  such ..  Perfect  for  those  laid  back Sunday mornings   with just a   mug  of  coffee  or .. pretty much  any drink that  you  fancy …

With  pre-made   dough  it is  quite  easy to  put  together  pull  apart  breads .   But  homemade   dough   is   so much better  ,   not  only is  it  fresh   but   much  healthier  as  well .  It is  hard  to   tell that   this   dough  uses  over 50 %   whole  wheat    and is  lean  as  well .
The  first  step is  to  make  the bread  dough .  Take  the  egg out  of  the  fridge   and  let  it   come  to  room  temperature . Warm   1/4  cup water or milk   to 100- 110 °F  or  just   warm to touch .  Add 1 tablespoon sugar   and  2  teaspoons  of   active  dry  yeast    and   stir gently .  Let it sit   undisturbed   for  5  to  10 minutes .  At  the  end  of  this  period  the  yeast  would  been  activated  and   there  will be  bubbles   forming  as in the  picture . The  tiny  dots  you see are  the  yeast  that  did  not  get  mixed  in ,  I am  not   worried  about  this  as  there is   enough  activity  going  on  already ..
Take  the  dry ingredients – flours,  salt the   remaining  2  tablespoons of   sugar  – in a  large  bowl .  Mix  it   together  and  make a  well in the  middle .  Pour    the  activated  yeast  in this  well   followed  by the  egg .  Use a   fork  to    break the    egg  and  mix  it   with the   yeast  water .  Coarsely  grate  one  firm apple   , about  1  cup ,  and  add  this  to  well along with  1/4 C  water .   Using  hands (or  a  stand  mixer  set on low ).   mix  everything  together  adding  the  remaining  liquid  couple   tablespoons  at  a  time .
Gently knead  the   dough  for  10 minutes  ,  form into a  ball and  place in  a well oiled  bowl .  Cover  with a wet   kitchen  towel or  plastic  wrap  and  let it   rise  in a  warm place  till  doubled ,  about 1  hour .
Once  the   dough has   doubled , use  your  hand  to punch  it   down  and   turn  it  out  to a  lightly floured   kneading  surface .  With  a  rolling pin  roll out  the   dough  into a  10 inch by 12 inch rectangle. Brush  the   dough   with  the  melted  butter  .  Sprinkle   the   cinnamon sugar  on  top   followed by the  chopped  walnuts .  Using  a  pizza  wheel  or a  sharp knife  cut the  dough  into  8   rectangles .    Fold  each  rectangle  over    so that  the   stuffing   sandwiched  . Brush the   top side  with butter .
Brush the  inside  of  a 9X 5 inch bread  pan  with  melted  butter  and  stack the  rectangles  side  by side   with the  open  ends  facing  up .   Sprinkle  the   top   with   with left over   walnuts ,  cinnamon sugar  and   butter .
Cover  with a plastic  wrap and  let  rise  till  doubled   in a   warm place – about  45  minutes .The  bread  will be  peeking  out   from the   top of  the  loaf  pan  by now.

About 10  minutes  before  baking  preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C)  .  Bake the  loaf  for  30 to 40  minutes  or  till done .  Cool  the  bread in the  pan  for a  few  minutes  . Transfer  to  a  wire   rack  and  cool  for  30 minutes or  till  warm  to  touch , before   serving .

Notes :

  • To get  a better  oven  spring  try the  following  method . About  10 minutes  before  baking  place a  sheet pan  in the  lower  rack   and preheat the  oven to 400°F (200 °C) .  To bake   place  the  loaf pan  in the  middle  rack  and place a  few  ice cubes  in the  sheet pan .  Close  the  oven  door  and   reduce  heat  to  375 °F (190°C)  and  bake  for   10 minutes .   Reduce  the  heat  to 350 °F (175 °C)  and  bake  for   20 to  25  more  minutes  until   done .
  • If  there is  brown  sugar  sprinkled  on top,   you might   want  to  cove  the   top of  the  bread   with  an aluminium  foil  to prevent  over  browning   during  the   last  10 minutes or  so of  baking .
  • This  recipe  can be  made   without  using  the   egg ,   I would   recommend    substituting    the  egg  with  2 tablespoons of  butter / oil  and   and  adding  few  extra  tablespoons  of  liquid  during   kneading .
  • To make a  vegan  version   follow  the  egg  substitution  above   and  replace   milk with   water / almond  milk .
  • This   recipe makes a  lightly  sweet  loaf . Increase  the   sugar to  your  taste .  For  added  sweetness  finish  with a  simple glaze  .
Enjoy !!!
Apple Walnut Pull Apart Loaf

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 Loaf

Apple Walnut Pull Apart Loaf


For the dough
All Purpose Flour - 1 C
Whole Wheat Flour - 1 1/2 C
Water / Milk - 1/2 C to 3/4 C
Egg - 1 (Large)
Yeast - 2 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Apple - 1 C grated (Any firm kind)
For Filling
Walnuts - 1/2 C , chopped
Brown Sugar - 1/4 C
Cinnamon - 1/2 Tsp
Melted butter - 3 Tbsp (unsalted)
For Glaze (optional)
Confectioner's sugar - 1 C
Water/Milk - 2 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 1/4 tsp


Make the dough :

Activate the yeast in 1/4 C lukewarm water / milk mixed with 1 tbsp sugar .

Mix the flours , sugar and salt in a large bowl . Coarsely grate the apple .Make a well at the center of the flour mix , and add the yeast mixture , followed by the egg , grated apples and 1/4 C water /milk. Knead to form a soft dough adding the remaining liquid , one tablespoon at a time . Once the comes together in a ball knead gently for about 8 to 10 minutes .

Oil a medium bowl and transfer the dough ball into it .Turn the dough so that all sides are evenly coated in oil . Cover with a wet kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place till doubled - about 1 hour .

Prepare the filling :

Chop the walnuts coarsely . Melt 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter . Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon well .

Assemble :

Coat th insides of a 9 X 5 loaf pan with butter. Punch down the dough .Lightly flour a kneading surface . Roll out the dough into 10 X 12 rectangle . Brush the dough with melted butter .

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar followed by chopped walnuts on top. Cut the dough into two 5X 12 rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 4 equal pieces. Fold each piece along the middle and brush the tops with butter . Arrange the pieces side by side in the loaf pan with the ends facing up . If there is any leftover filling , sprinkle it on the top .Cover with a plastic wrap and let rise on a warm place till almost doubled , about 30 to 45 minutes .

Bake :

Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until done (Refer to notes). Cool in the pan for 5 minutes . Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely .

Glaze :

Whisk together powdered sugar , milk and vanilla for glaze . Drizzle over the cooled bread .

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