A soft and delicious sticky bun-like bread flavored with orange zest and tart cranberries. With endless strips, it’s hard to know when to stop eating!

Cranberry Orange Pull Apart Bread | Broma Bakery

Let’s just jump into it. Cranberry Orange Pull Apart Bread.

Sorry, I need a moment.

OK I’m ready. Can you smell those gorgeous zests of orange on that loaf? Or see cranberries popping out of every little cranny? How about the bread? Can you tell how ridiculously soft it is and that it absolutely melts in your mouth? CAN YOU?

I can, I did, and I ate about 1/3 of the loaf in one day. And you know what? I have no regrets. 

For those of you who haven’t ever had a pull apart bread, I will explain: a pull apart bread is made of tons of strips of dough all rubbed with sugar, tucked nicely together, and baked in a loaf pan. As the picture below shows, you rip off a piece and eat it just like that.

Cranberry Orange Pull Apart Bread | Broma Bakery

It’s the perfect weekend breakfast bread. How happy would your roommate/girl-/boyfriend/spouse/kids be to wake up to this? The answer is so happy. There’s a whole psychology to food that requires the eater’s interaction, and this bread delivers on the interaction front. You peel off a piece and get so excited you end up peeling off another and another and another.

Onto flavor. There is orange zest in the filling and in the glaze, so that gorgeous sweet citrus is in every bite. The cranberries add a welcomed zing. And the dough? Well, let’s just say this is my only sweet dough recipe moving forward.

Cranberry Orange Pull Apart Bread | Broma Bakery

In other news, I did a photoshoot last week! They’re mostly pictures of me eating cupcakes. I ate so much cupcake. I kept posing for a shot and felt it had to be authentic so I halfway bit into it, then found myself thinking whoops, it’s gotta go somewhere now.

I leave you with these. Hope you all have great Wednesdays!

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Cranberry Orange Pull Apart Bread

Cranberry Orange Pull Apart Bread | Broma Bakery
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large loaf 1x
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Ingredients

For the bread

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant active yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the filling

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • zest of 1 1/2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • zest of 1/2 orange
  • 23 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, microwave the milk and sugar for 45 seconds, until it is warm but not hot. Add in yeast and stir. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. The mixture should foam, signaling that the yeast is active. Then, stir in melted butter, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt.
  2. Pour mixture into a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly add the flour 1 cup at a time. Let the dough knead for 5 minutes. Dough should be slightly sticky, but firm enough to hold together in a ball.
  3. Coat a large bowl with oil and place the dough into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm area to proof for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Line a large loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  5. Flour a large work surface. Roll the dough out into a 12 inch by 20 inch rectangle. Smear the butter over the dough, coating it evenly. Sprinkle the brown sugar and orange zest on top. Make sure to spread everything evenly to the edges.
  6. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough width-wise into six even strips (each approx. 3.3 inches wide). Set the strips on top of each other, sprinkling the dried cranberries on top of each strip as you work. Then, cut the large stack into six equal slices once again. You will end with six stacks, each with six strips of dough.
  7. Place three dough stacks on top of each other and put into the loaf pan so they stand up vertically. Repeat with the last three stacks. The end product should look like a dough accordion in your loaf pan.*
  8. Allow dough to rise a second time. Cover the loaf with a cloth and let rest in a warm place for 45 minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden brown.** You’ll want a deep golden color, as the outside of the loaf can be cooked and the inside still doughy. Use your discretion.
  10. While the dough is baking, mix all icing ingredients together. The consistency should be thick and create ribbons the width of a finger when you pull it up out of the bowl with a spoon or whisk. Set aside.
  11. Once out of the oven, allow the loaf to cool for 10 minutes, then drizzle with glaze.

Notes

*At this point in time, you can freeze the dough overnight and then take it out in the morning to thaw for 1 hour. Then, bake as normal.
**Should the top of your loaf brown in the first 30 minutes, cover it loosely with tin foil to prevent excess browning

 

43 comments

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Joanne
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(a) You are the CUTEST EVER.
(b) So when you mean, you pull off a slice and eat it, you mean you pull off half a loaf and eat it? Right?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, girl! And yeah, I mean keep pulling until you realize how much you’ve eaten, then take one more slice because you’ve gone this far and why turn back now

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Cheryl
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Ohhhh my goodness. How gorgeous is this?! I am dying over the flakiness.. gah. Perfect for Christmas b-fast yall

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So perfect! Totally what I’m suggesting to my fam 🙂

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Tori@Gringalicious.com
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OMG! Pull apart breads are one of my (many) weaknesses right next to gooey chocolate chip cookies!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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They’ve always been a huge weakness of mine, too!! And yes, second only to CCC’s, the King of Desserts.

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Christina @ Bake with Christina
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OMG this pull-apart bread looks amazing!! It looks SO flavorful and flaky and just flat out perfect! Pinned!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks for pinning, Christina! It was ridiculously good

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
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#1, you are the cutest! #2, I would be SO HAPPY if this was made in my house, so so happy!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Abby! And great, let me know when to come over and I’ll bake you some 🙂

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Maryanne @ the little epicurean
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You have too much control. I wouldn’t be able to stop myself until there’s no more left! And second, the pictures of you are SO adorable!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Maryanne!! And I’m glad you call a third of a loaf control. At least it’s better than a half a loaf… Haha!

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Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
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I’ve never made pull apart bread before – but I think I can definitely tackle this. Cranberry and orange go so well together – this is the perfect morning bread – I like the fact you can make it the night before and freeze it then just bake it in the morning. Great photos, as always, Sarah.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you, Geraldine! And you can TOTALLY tackle it. Just a few hours the night before and then pop it in the oven on the day of!

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Manali @ CookWithManali
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looks so pretty and festive, gorgeous bread! Your photography is beautiful and so are you! Pinned.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Aww, thank you, Manali!

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annie@ciaochowbambina
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You have inspired me!! And I love the whole psychology to food requiring the eater’s interaction. I will most certainly meet this bread’s need for interaction! This looks amazing and I hope to make it during vacation! The family will love it!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh please let me know if you do! And yeah, the psychology is fascinating! I mean, we all secretly love to eat with our hands, don’t we?!

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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
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Pull apart breads are my favorite! So fun to eat. I love this cranberry orange combo, sounds delicious!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Gayle!! They are just the best. And so fun to make, too!

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Liz @ Floating Kitchen
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You said cranny…..tee hee. I don’t know why that sounds so funny to me. I have the maturity of a 12 year old. Yeah, I’m pretty proud of that. This bread looks totally worth gaining 5 lbs for! XO

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Teeheehee. I deed say it. Looks like our maturities are on the same level.

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Nora @ Savory Nothings
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Yes, yes and yes I can. Sarah, I’ve never had pull-apart bread. Can you forgive me? I NEED THIS NOW! Also, you’re too cute for words.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Nora!! And I can forgive you as long as you promise to make a pull apart bread this year. Like a New Year’s Resolution! Haha

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Erin | The Law Student's Wife
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It has been a full year since I have baked pull apart bread. What is wrong with me??? What a perfect flavor combo for the holidays!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Uhh, you’re long overdue! Virtually sending you some 🙂

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mira
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I love pull apart breads and this one looks perfect for the holidays! Pinned!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks for pinning, Mira! Glad you like it 🙂

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Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
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Oh my gosh, Sarah, you are so beautiful and adorable (I kinda wanna say what I really think which is hot diggty dog, you are hot and totally on top of my girl crush list, but I am trying to not be all weird, so I am not saying that. Nope, not at all).

And this pull apart bread… I can’t get enough of looking at it. I wish I had some in my kitchen right now. I just bought a huge bag of oranges, so this is definitely happening.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahaha. Thanks, Amanda, that makes my day! And pleeease let me know if it does. I want to know what you think!

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Traci | Vanilla And Bean
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Love this bread, Sarah! And the pics of you are beautiful, and so sweet! I am all over cranberry and orange bread… prepared any way! Love it this time of year and your recipe is just mouthwatering. Fabulous shots too, Sarah! Thank you for your inspiration! This would be perfect for Christmas morning.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you, Traci :). I’m thinking about making it again for xmas morning, it was so good!

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Lucy Parissi
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Wow your photoshoot is gorgeous! You don’t actually look like you ever ate a cupcake at all (mystery…)
This bread is festive perfection. I must make it! Pinned for later

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Aww, thanks, Lucy! You totally have to make it. Let me know if you do!!!

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Amy | Club Narwhal
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Sarah, I can’t EVEN with this bread 🙂 Pull apart breads make me go weak in the knees and I am loving this holiday flavor combination going on here. PS: You are adorable!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Amy! Cranberry orange is delish, isn’t it?!

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Rachel @ Bakerita
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This looks sooo dreamy. I love pull apart breads too much, and could eat an entire loaf pretty much to myself. Love the cranberry orange combo!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Rachel! OK perfect so how about to save ourselves I’ll eat one half and you can eat the other?

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Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
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I baked this for my family the other day, and EVERYONE loved it! Thanks for the recipe!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Awww, I’m SO glad to hear that, Lisa!! I love love love hearing about when people make my recipes. It’s one of the best parts of blogging!!!

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Sally @ Good Dinner Mom
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Sarah, I just discovered your blog while looking for some salted caramel brownies that I need to make for a sick friend (and yay, they are going to LOVE yours!). In perusing your blog, I discovered this beauty of a recipe and was so excited that when I scrolled down to the recipe it is REALLY from scratch! I buy tons of bags of fresh cranberries every January (bought 10 yesterday) so I can freeze them to have on hand all year long. I cannot wait to make this loaf. I’m a fan and you are just as cute as could be.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Sally, thank you SO MUCH for the kind words!! The brownies are insane and I can’t wait to hear what you think of them. And can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the bread! It was one of the best recipes I’ve made in a while. Happy New Year to you and yours, and don’t be a stranger around these parts!

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