Full disclosure: This is my sister Cari's recipe...but, I am thinking that: Try Craig Allen's Sister's Pull Apart Bread... isn't as catchy a title. Right?

This Pull Apart bread is a family Mother's Day Brunch tradition.

It's (relatively) easy to make...and really YUMMY!

"Ripped" from my sister's recipe book! (Craig Allen photo).
"Ripped" from my sister's recipe book! (Craig Allen photo).


1 T active dry yeast

1/2 C lukewarm water

3/4 C lukewarm milk

1/2 C sugar

1/2 C soft butter

1&1/2 t salt

2 eggs

4-5 C all-purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water, in a large mixing bowl.

Add milk,sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and 3 C flour.

Beat til smooth.

Add additional flour til a soft dough is formed.


Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.

Place dough in a buttered bowl, turning the dough to butter the top. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 90 minutes (or until dough is double in size).

Punch down dough, and shape into balls (about 30).


1 & 1/2 C sugar

2 t cinnamon

2 t ground coriander

1/2 t ground cloves

1/2 t ground allspice

1/2 t ground cardamom

1/2-3/4 C melted butter


Combine the sugar and all the spices in a small bowl.

Remember the 30 dough balls that you had set aside?

Roll each dough ball in the dish of melted butter...and then roll in the bowl with the sugar mixture.

Arrange the butter/sugared dough balls in a well-greased 9 or 10 inch tube pan (bundt pan). OR (2) 8-10 inch bread loaf pans.

Sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over the top of the dough balls.

Let rise for about an hour, or until doubled in size.

Bake 350/35-40 minutes.

Let the Pull Apart Bread cool for about 15 minutes, before turning it out.

This recipe makes one ring (as seen above) or two loaves!

Once cooled a bit...pull it apart...

YUM! (Craig Allen photo).
YUM! (Craig Allen photo).

...and ENJOY!

May this sugary, delightful dessert bread become a much-cherished family recipe in your home!

YUP...it's "Mom-Approved."


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