Just a word of warning, don't make this vegan pull apart cinnamon bread if you are on a diet - it is so delicious and moreish you will eat the lot in a day! And why not, for of course like most bread, it is at it's absolute best on the day it is made, warm from the oven even!
Don't let not being an expert baker stop you from making this, it is quite foolproof, it just needs a little bit of time to rise. I make the dough the evening before I want to eat them, then I just need to do the finals bits in the morning and they will be ready for breakfast or brunch.
I must confess, I warm these slightly in the microwave too and have one with a coffee in the afternoon. See why they are always gone within a day!!
These are literally one of my favourite weekend breakfast bakes. Pull apart bread literally brings the family together over the dining table - even my teenager will get out of bed when she smells these cooking - and they do really make a delicious smell that wafts through the house so who can blame her!
My top tip with these is to make the bread dough the night before and leave it to rise overnight in the fridge. In the morning the rolling and dipping doesn't feel like a chore when it is done listening to the radio with a cuppa on hand. I find there is something peaceful and therapeutic about it.
Vegan Pull Apart Cinnamon Bread
To make the bread
- 300 g strong white bread flour
- 250 g strong wholemeal bread flour
- 1 tablespoon easy bake yeast
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 240 ml plant based milk
- 120 ml water
- 60 ml maple syrup
- 70 g dairy free butter
- 100 g caster sugar
- 2 tablespoon cinnamon
To make the icing
- 150 g icing sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon plant based milk
To make the cinnamon bread
Warm the milk until it is a warm body temperature.
Mix together the warm milk, yeast and maple syrup, stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
Mix together the bread flours and the salt and make a well in the middle.
Add the milk mixture and water and mix into a dough. If it is too sticky add more flour, and it is too dry add more water.
Knead for 5 minutes. I do this for a minute or two in a mixer with a dough hook attachment.
Place in a bowl and cover with a clean tea towel to rise. This can be for two hours in a warm spot in your house or overnight in the fridge.
When you are ready to make the bread line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. (I used a 35×25 tray which was slightly too big.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Melt the butter so it is runny but not hot.
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a separate bowl.
Roll the dough into gold ball sized balls and dip them in the butter and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar and place in the baking tray, placing the balls next to each other but not packing them in too close as they will need space to rise.
Pour over any remaining butter and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar.
Cover the baking tray with a clean tea towel and leave it in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes to an hour depending on whether the mixture has been in the fridge. If it has been in the fridge it will need a longer rising time to bring it to room temperature.
Once the dough has rested and risen, pop it in the oven and cook for 25 minutes.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool. When they are warm to touch they are ready to ice.
To make the icing
Sieve the icing sugar and mix with the vanilla extract and a splash of plant based milk and stir until you get the desired consistency for drizzling. Be careful not to add too much milk!
Drizzle the icing over the warm cinnamon bread and serve whilst warm.
This vegan pull apart cinnamon bread is really very easy to make, so sweet and tasty and perfect at just about any time of day. Luckily the children love it just as much as me and we often pack it up in a Tupperware box to take on a picnic or to enjoy with a flask of coffee or hot chocolate on a walk.
Of course this is best eaten warm, but it is great the same day when cooled and will keep for a couple more days. Just pop it in the microwave for a couple of seconds or a few minutes in the oven to warm it through, although it is still delicious at room temperature!
If you liked this recipe you might also like some of my other recipes...and you can also read more recipes like this on my vegan blog We Made This Vegan.
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