Green Apple Pull Apart Bread {Using Rhodes Frozen Bread}

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Green Apple Pull Apart Bread chipped pieces of apple between layers of slightly sweet cinnamon dough.  Fun to make and worth all the effort.

By now, I think almost everyone knows about Pull Apart Bread on Pinterest.  I don't think I have opened up my Pinterest and run through my follower's pins without someone pinning a recipe for pull apart bread in a loaf pan.

I decided I needed to find out what all the fuss was about, so I made my own spin on it, Green Apple Pull Apart Bread.  I decided to follow with the ingredients I use in my Apple Cinnamon Rolls.  

Now I clearly see why some people are saying you need to call the law when people make this.  Ha! Ha! You have not lived until you make some of this amazing pull apart bread.  

Hope you get to make some real soon.  


Green Apple Pull Apart Bread 
Printable Recipe
  • 1 loaf frozen Rhodes White Bread, thawed out but still cool to the touch
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted (divided)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 2 green Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and grated
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoon half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together and grated apple (see note); set aside.  Butter a loaf pan.  Any loaf pan will work (my loaf pan is a 9 x5); set aside.

On a well floured surface, roll thawed bread dough in a 12x16 inch rectangle.

Smear 1/2 cup melted butter evenly over prepared dough all the way to the edge of the dough.

Sprinkle cinnamon apple mixture evenly on top of the butter all the way to the edge of the dough.

There have been some comments on the difficulty to understand the instructions:  I am going to rewrite them for better clarity.
1.  Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut 8 strips from the rectangle 2" wide starting at the long end,  You will end up with about 8 strips 2" wide.

2.  Using a spatula to lift dough strips if the dough is too sticky;  take one strip and lay on top of another, and then another strip and lay on top of the two strips and another one on top of the three.  Now you have 4 strips stacked all together.  You do this two times.  Now you have 2 stacks of 4 layers of strips = 8 individual layers.  Don't try to stack too many at one time they will not cut evenly.  Only stack 4 strips together at a time.  

3.  Remember the strips are 12 inches long and 2 inches wide.  Now cut the layered (4 strips) into squares about 2 inches wide (my loaf pan is about 5 inches wide).  They need to be smaller than the loaf pan to have room to rise. Now you will have 6 squares stacks of 4 layers (that are 2 inch squares) = 24 individual (2 inch) layers

Now to load or place them in the loaf pan follow from here:
1. Grease the loaf pan with butter.

2. Pick up a stack of 4 layers (2 inch squares) and lay them sideways in the loaf pan with the layers showing on top.  Continue until all the stacks of 4 layers are in the loaf pan.  You should see 24 layers across the top.

The dough will rise and expand (This is why they need to be smaller than the loaf pan).  When I got all of the stacks in the loaf pan I had 24 layers across the pan, but if for some reason you have more layers than 24 do not try to cram a lot in the loaf pan and crowd the layers.  This will cause them not to cook right if you have.  28 layers are the most you need to have in the loaf pan.

Cover the loaf pan with a towel and let rise until almost doubled.  Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown or until the center dough is done.  If dough begins to brown too much, place aluminum foil over the dough.  Be sure and not take it out too soon.  It will not come out of the pan successfully if the dough is not cooked all the way through.

Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes on a cooling rack.  While cooling prepare the glaze.

Mix in a bowl, using the reserved 1/4 cup melted butter, add powdered sugar, vanilla and half and half.  Using a wire whisk, cream thoroughly.

After bread is cooled slightly, drizzle with glaze.  Serve warm.

Note: You may substitute red apples for the green.  If apples are juicy, strain in colander. 

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This recipe first published August 2014.  Updated September 2016.
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  1. I have been looking for something like this for some time! I printed the recipe out and will try it next week when I pick apples at the store! Thanks for sharing

  2. Oh, yum, this looks divine! I'm in the mood for fall, and apples and cinnamon are perfect for that! Thanks for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned and tweeted! :)

  3. This sounds tasty! We love Granny Smith apples and pull apart bread, so this is a great combo. I'll definitely give it a try. :-)

  4. must have some! looks so mouthwateringly delish I am about to drown!!

  5. Sign me up for some of this! Amazing, simply amazing! Pinned :-) to try this yumminess! Saying hello from Monday Funday!

  6. Love how simple this is and how delicious is looks! I love the addition of the apples.

    Passing by from Melt in Your Mouth Mondays.

  7. Pull apart bread sounds pretty easy to make. I bet the green apple addition is tasty! Thanks for sharing at #theWeekendSocial. Pinned. Also, I've followed/liked you on your platforms. Hope to see you again Thursday 9:00 PM EST.

  8. YOWZA! I'll be right over! ;-} Your photos are gloriously inviting. What a special dish. Pinning! Thanks a million for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come back soon.

  9. I just want to face plant right into that gorgeous looking glaze on top. Yum!

  10. This looks incredible! Found you at the Weekend Retreat...

    1. Thank you Carisa….and thank you for stopping by!!

  11. I have been hearing about this too, but didn't know what it was.

  12. Anonymous8/30/2014

    I love apple baked goods and this looks absolutely delicious. This has been featured as one of my favourites over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Stop by, grab a button and link up again with us this week. Have a great day!

  13. I really would like to make this recipe. All your recipes remind me of home. Is your loaf pan 2" wide? Mine are 4" and 5". If you cut each(of 2) strip layer into 3 stacks (12" divided by 3 equals 4" width of pan) for a total of 6 stacks that wouldn't make a square but a rectangle. this makes it hard to understand. Or am I still mixed up on how to cut it.

    1. Sorry for the confusion...I needed to say my loaf pan is a 9x5 loaf pan. You start out with 12" by 18" rectangle of dough. At the 18" length cut 8 (2" strips) across. This will make 8 (2" wide) strips. Now make two stack of 4 each out of the 2" x 12" strips. There will be 4 (12" long x 2" wide) strips in each stack. Now cut the 12"x2" strip stacks into 6 square stacks by cutting the stack 2" across. They will be 2"x 2" squares. After you cut both stacks (12 (2" x2") in each stack) you will have 24 (2"x2") squares. Then start standing them up across the loaf pan. I hope this helps. Thank you for stopping by...and welcome to CWK!

  14. Yum! This looks amazing. I would like to invite you to link up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party. Check us out

  15. I'm going to have to make this happen very soon, it looks amazing!

  16. Cannot wait to give this bread a try, love everything about it!!!

  17. Ok now my mouth is watering! Green apples are my FAV!!!!!!!

  18. So simple but yet so delicious! I can already imagine how great my house is going to smell when I make this.

  19. I love yummy bread recipes! This looks so good!

  20. This looks SOOOO good! Major yumminess!

  21. Congratulations on the feature at Foodie Friday. Your pull apart bread looks fabulous.

  22. Decided to give it a try this morning. My apples were really juicy, I suggest straining the apples before mixing with sugar and cinnamon and putting a sheet pan covered in foil underneath, if you encounter this because I ended up with overflow and an oven fire. Despite all that it came out ok. I cut cinnamon to 1/8 of a cup and I still thought it was too much. Despite all that it was good, my husband ate it all but if I make it again I’ll add pecans and raisins.

  23. My apple cinnamon mix was very juicy even after draining.There is juice in the corners of the pan. Dont know if this site is checked,but how long now do I bake it?Should I now drain the loaf pan? Its really messy


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