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King cake pull-apart bread

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A new twist on this Mardi Gras classic

Who doesn't love a big slice of king cake on Fat Tuesday? Take all of those flavors you love in the cake and turn them into a breakfast pull-apart bread too! Cake for breakfast, sign us up!

King cake pull apart bread

This pull-apart bread is filled with a gooey, cinnamon cream cheese filling, so each bite has a sweet, soft and almost doughy taste and texture. To keep the tradition alive, hide a little plastic baby right in the center for good luck!

King cake pull-apart bread recipe

Bread recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Yields 1 loaf

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4-1/2 cups flour (bread or all-purpose)

For the center: 

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • About 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • About 2 tablespoons cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cream
  • Yellow, green and purple sprinkles

Directions:

1

Heat milk, sugar & oil

Heat milk, sugar & oil

In a large stockpot, heat the milk, white sugar and oil, stirring the mixture to combine. You want the mixture to be hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat and let cool to about 110 degrees F.

2

Add yeast & flour and stir

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Once hot, turn it off. Add the yeast and 4 cups of flour to the milk mixture.

Add yeast & flour and stir

Add yeast & flour and stir

Stir to combine.

Add yeast & flour and stir

Place a lid over the dough and let rise for at least an hour in the warm oven.

Add yeast & flour and stir

3

Mix in baking powder, soda & flour

Once risen (dough should be doubled in size), add the baking soda, baking powder and last 1/2 cup flour.

Mix in baking powder, soda & flour

Mix in baking powder, soda & flour

Mix in baking powder, soda & flour

Stir with a spoon to combine.

4

Roll dough & cover with filling

With heavily floured hands, place dough onto a floured surface. Knead about 6 times to make dough smooth and elastic. Using a floured rolling pin, roll it out to about 1/4- to 1/3-inch thickness.

Roll dough & cover with filling

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Add additional milk if the glaze is too thick. Spread glaze all over the dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Roll dough & cover with filling

5

Cut into slices & stack

Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into 6 or 7 even length strips.

Cut into slices & stack

Then carefully stack the strips on top of each other (they may slip a bit from the glaze). While holding the strips in place, cut them vertically into 6 slices.

Cut into slices & stack

Cut into slices & stack

Place the stacks sideways into a heavily greased loaf pan.

Cut into slices & stack

6

Let rise again

Cover the bread with greased plastic wrap or foil and let rise again in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Cut into slices & stack

7

Bake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the foil or wrap from the bread. Bake bread for about 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and center is cooked (insert a toothpick into the middle to ensure it's not doughy).

Cut into slices & stack

Let cool.

8

Ice & decorate

Make the icing by beating the sugar, butter, cream and vanilla together. When loaf is cooled, drizzle glaze all over the top of the bread.

Ice & decorate

Sprinkle the cake in thirds (with one side purple, one side yellow and the middle green).

sprinkles

King cake pull apart bread

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