This is not just a recipe for cinnamon pecan pull apart bread.
This is a recipe for a day in your pajamas. For movies in bed and extra long puppy snuggles. For popping your third plate of cinnamon pecan pull apart bread in the microwave for lunch, because why not? No matter how many recipes for monkey bread or pull apart bread I try, none of them come with the side of happiness like this one. Because I was raised on this recipe… along with copious amounts of edible brownie batter and cookie dough. 🙂
Cinnamon Pecan Pull Apart Bread
Unlike many of the biscuit-variety pull apart breads, this recipe is made with frozen rolls. The best part is that it can be made ahead the night before in five minutes and left to rise in a cold oven. (no joke. five minutes.) Waking up and seeing those little dough balls popping up out of the pan with all the cinnamon sugary goodness = happiness. This cinnamon pecan pull apart bread has the usual cinnamon-sugar butter mixture. But it also has a secret weapon that guarantees a part sticky caramel, part vanilla flavor that puts it over the top. Instant vanilla pudding mix. #highfive
My mom always made this for Christmas morning. Zero work for her so that she could sit around in her pajamas with the rest of us, eating candy for appetizers and opening presents. Whenever I feel the need for that happy joy joy, I schedule a Saturday morning rendezvous with this cinnamon pecan pull apart bread.
Last Christmas, I woke up expecting to see those plump little dough balls covered in cinnamon sugar. Instead, I discovered that they had risen maybe a centimeter. ?!?!?!?! Turns out that because David is part polar bear and demands a freezing cold house for sleepy time, my morning awesomeness hadn’t risen…
Never fear! I adapted with a quick rise method that I still have to use in colder seasons. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and keep an eye on the dough for about an hour. Once the rolls have tripled in size, your magic cinnamon sugar ring of goodness is ready to go.
Oh, and don’t forget to invite me to the pajama party. K thanks? K thanks!
mikaela | wyldflour
5 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- 3 lb package of Rhodes frozen dinner rolls (36 count)
- 1 (3.5 oz) package of instant vanilla pudding
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Note: we have always made this the night before, because it makes this recipe even easier. For the quick-rise method, see the notes, below.
- Before you go to bed, prepare the bread. Sprinkle pecans in the bottom of a greased angel food cake pan, extra large bundt pan, or 9 x 13 pan. Place frozen rolls on top of the pecans, stacking them to fit. Sprinkle vanilla pudding powder over the rolls.
- Melt butter in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave. (About 45 seconds to 1 minute.) Stir in sugar and cinnamon until combined. Pour mixture over the rolls. Try to gently pour the mixture so that some of it remains on top of the rolls, though most of it will roll down into the cracks.
- Place the pan in the cold oven and leave overnight. (About 9-10 hours.)
- In the morning, remove the pan from the oven and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The rolls should have risen to triple their size and should be popping up out of the top of the pan. (If it has not, your house may have been too cold! This has happened to me before. Jump down to the notes and just follow the quick-rise instructions.) Bake pull apart bread for 30 minutes.
- Tips: If the top starts to brown too quickly, cover with tin foil. If you're afraid some of the bread might fall over the edge, place a baking sheet on the rack below the bread.
- Remove the pull apart bread from the oven. Place a platter or cookie sheet over the bread and flip, carefully, using hot pads. Lift the pan and serve!
- Store bread up to 3 days in a ziploc on the counter.
Quick-rise Method: Preheat your oven to the lowest setting it has. (Mine is 170 degrees Fahrenheit.) Turn your oven off and place the bread in the oven. Check on the bread after 30 minutes. If the oven has cooled too much, preheat it again with the bread still in the oven. Keep checking on the bread every 10 minutes, until the rolls have tripled in size. Bake according to directions.
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