As much as I enjoy baking, I’ve always shied away from baking yeast breads. I think it all stems from a few efforts I made years ago that didn’t go as well as I would have liked. So earlier this year, I added “bake more with yeast!” to my baking to-do list. True, it’s December so I’m just squeezing it in this year. But I did it!
The best way to overcome any fear of yeast baking you may have is just to dive in and get baking! This pull apart bread from Fleischmann’s® Yeast is a great place to start if you’re not experienced with baking yeast breads. It’s really simple to make, and the flavor is amazing.
I don’t often include step-by-step photos in my posts here on BoB. But, these in-process photos will hopefully help any of you who are a little timid when it comes to baking with yeast.
As you can see, you only need a handful of ingredients to get started making the bread. We’ll get to the filling later, but we’ll start first with the bread itself. Mixing the dough is really simple and quick. Use a sturdy electric mixer to get it throughly mixed. Then add flour until the dough forms a ball.
After the dough is mixed (above left), then place it on a lightly floured surface. Now it’s kneading time. Flatten the dough and fold it toward you. Use the heels of your hands to push the dough away with a rolling motion. Then rotate the dough 90 degrees and repeat. Continue the process until the dough is smooth and springs back if you press it with your fingers (above right). If your dough is too sticky, you can add a bit more flour and work it into the dough.
Then, cover it with a towel for 10 minutes while you make the filling.
The filling is where you can get a bit creative. The original recipe uses a simple cinnamon-sugar for big flavor. I do love cinnamon, so I kept that aspect. But, I opted to add a bit of brown butter and pecans for even more flavor!
Sprinkle some of the pecans in the bottom of the pan to get started. Then, divide dough into 36 portions and roll each into a ball. Dip each in brown butter, roll in cinnamon-sugar, and layer in the pan. As you layer, sprinkle more pecans between the layers. Then, combine any remaining brown butter and cinnamon-sugar, and pour it over the bread.
Once all the little dough balls are in the pan (above left), it’s time to let it rise. Just cover it with a towel and put it in a warm place. After about 45 minutes, the dough should double in size (above right).
Then it’s oven time. Bake it for about 25 minutes, then let it cool for about 5 minutes before you invert it onto a plate for serving. Then just watch it disappear!
Quinn and I made a batch of this pull-apart bread on a lazy Saturday morning and enjoyed it throughout the weekend. I plan to revisit this recipe again during the holidays for a special treat.
And for more tips for successful yeast baking, visit Fleischmann’s Education Center.
Fleischmann’s Yeast, you won’t be afraid to find your creativity in the kitchen or even get your apron a little dirty. Baking with yeast this holiday season can be as easy as pre-heating the oven. To find out more, visit foodnetwork.com/holidaybaking.
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