Pull-Apart Apple Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

An amazing Apple Bread Recipe. Soft pull-apart bread loaded with a butter spread, apples, cinnamon and a tasty glaze that you'll want to bake over and over again. 

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: Apple Bread, pull apart bread
Calories: 465 kcal
Servings: 10 servings


Bread Dough Ingredients:

Apple Filling Ingredients:

Glaze Ingredients:



  1. Cover bread pan with parchment paper, butter sides or spray with baking spray. Preheat oven to 350°F at step 15.

How to Make the Apple Bread:

  1. In a small saucepan, add butter, milk, water and sugar. Stirring frequently, cook until milk becomes warm and butter melts; (If milk gets too hot, let it cool until just warm to the touch)

  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour and create well in the center. Into the well, add 2 beaten eggs and warm milk mixture. Stir a few times for the eggs and milk to combine. 

  3. Sprinkle yeast over milk. Cover bowl and allow the yeast to activate and become foamy, about 5 minutes.

  4. Fold the flour over the milk mixture and mix until dough is soft and pliable. The dough should not stick to the hands or bowl. Add more flour 1 Tbsp at a time as needed until dough is no longer sticking to the bowl. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and allow it to rise at room temperature 1 hour.

  5. Transfer dough to a generously floured work surface. Lightly sprinkle top of dough with flour and use a rolling pin to roll it into an 18”x20” rectangle.

  6. In a small bowl, beat the butter and vanilla. Spread the butter evenly over the rolled dough. Spread grated or diced apples evenly over the top. Combine the cinnamon and sugar, sprinkle evenly over the dough.

  7. Cut the dough into 5 long uniform strips. Cut the strips into equal-sized squares. Stack dough and transfer to the bread pan, loosely stacking the squares on their sides. Cover pan with a towel or plastic wrap, rise 30 minutes. Bake uncovered at 350˚F for 25-30 minutes until bread loaf is golden in color then remove from pan and transfer to a rack to cool. 

How to Make the Sweet Bread Glaze:

  1. In a saucepan, on med/high heat, combine butter, sugar and vanilla. Bring to a light boil. Add heavy whipping cream, stir to combine and remove from heat. Set aside to cool.

  2. Once completely cooled, add the powdered sugar. Set glaze aside to thicken then drizzle or spread over the cooled apple bread.