Apple Pie Pull-Apart Loaf

This pull-apart loaf tastes just like apple pie, but you won't need a fork to eat it. Layers of homemade bread dough and tender cooked apples make this dessert perfect for fall, and drizzles of creamy icing on top seal the deal.

Apple Pie Pull-Apart Loaf
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Rise Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Cool Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 1 ½ cup finely chopped, peeled apples

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon apple pie spice

  • 1 recipe Creamy Icing

Creamy Icing

  • 2 ounce cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. In a small saucepan heat the milk just until warm (105°F to 115°F). In a large bowl combine warm milk and yeast; stir until yeast is dissolved. Let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Add egg, 1/4 cup melted butter, the granulated sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture. Beat with mixer on medium until combined. Add half the flour; beat on low 30 seconds, scraping bowl as needed. Beat 3 minutes on medium. Stir in remaining flour. Shape dough into a ball (dough will not be smooth). Place dough in a greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (45 to 60 minutes).

  3. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 20x12-inch rectangle. Brush with 1/4 cup melted butter. Sprinkle with apples, brown sugar, and apple pie spice. Cut rectangle in half lengthwise to make two 20x6-inch strips. Cut each strip crosswise into five 6x4-inch strips. Carefully make 2 stacks of 5 strips each. Cut each stack into 4x2-inch pieces. Loosely stagger pieces in pan, cut sides up. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (40 to 45 minutes).

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake about 45 minutes or until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted near the center registers 200°F. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Drizzle with Creamy Icing. Cool 20 minutes more.

Creamy Icing

  1. Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat in enough milk to make a glaze of drizzling consistency.

To Make Ahead

Prepare as directed through Step 2, except do not let dough rise. Cover bowl and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Let dough stand at room temperature 30 minutes before continuing with Step 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
13g Fat
63g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0.9mg 4%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 133mg 3%
Folate, total 89.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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