For many months I have been admiring many blogger sisters baking breads, different types and shapes which pokes me every day to try my hand on baking bread but some how delayed all this while as I didn't have the gut to try it. The steps seem to be very tedious and I thought I didn't have that much of patience to wait for it but the first step to any major decision are quite tough isn't it, OMG its just baking a bread nothing as major to a liposuction. I went through many recipes from other bloggers' post and have decided that I would choose Pull Apart Bread as my first choice as the process is quite easy and you can choose any filling of your choice to incorporate with the bread.
I love the Cinnamon Sugar and Raisin combo as its very simple and doesn't need much ingredients and they are something available in almost every kitchen. Now let us look at how to make this wonderful, soft and flavorful bread, I have chosen to follow Nags recipe from Edible Garden, thank you so much dear for the wonderful recipe. For the step by step pictorial do visit her website;
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp of sugar
2 tsp of yeast (I used Mauripan)
1/2 cup of warm milk
1 tsp of salt
25 gm of butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup of milk, at room temperature
1 cup of sugar
3 tbsp of butter (at room temperature)
1 tsp of cinnamon powder
2 tbsp of black raisins
In a bowl, mix warm milk, yeast, sugar and leave it aside for it to work its magic (this mixture will be frothy and it's ready to be used it takes approximately 5-10 minutes).
In another mixing bowl add flour, salt, butter and yeast mixture, mix all these ingredients until it comes together and add the 3/4 cup milk until a soft, slightly sticky dough is formed. Apply some oil and cover the dough with a cloth or cling wrap and set aside for 1 1/2 hour.
If you have followed the exact steps this dough will rise, punch and release the air in the dough and roll on a flat surface using a rolling pin to get a rectangle or a square. Apply some butter, sprinkle generous amount of cinnamon and sugar mixture on the flatten dough on the buttered side, add the black raisins on top of this and lightly roll using a rolling pin t slightly embed the raisins.
Cut the dough into 6 strips and stack on top the other strips filling side facing up, now further cut the strips into equal smaller squares and arrange in a well buttered loaf pan. Cut part facing down, once all arranged cover with a wet towel and let the dough rise for another hour.
Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes until its golden brown, once baked apply generous amount of milk on the bread and let it cool down completely. Now our Cinnamon Sugar & Raisins Pull Apart Bread is ready to be served.
Do try and let me know how it turned out for you!