April 23, 2011

I found this recipe last week.  It’s like monkey bread, but in a pan with lemon.  I know-lemon flavored pull apart bread.

It’s as good as it sounds.  I was planning on making it for Easter, but I couldn’t wait and we had it for breakfast this morning.  There is some left and I may serve it on Sunday.  If I want to share.  I also made a cinnamon brown sugar version that I plan to serve tomorrow.

This bread has a lemon cream cheese icing, but I didn’t make that.  It also calls for some orange zest, but I just kept it all about the lemon.  The steps to put into the pan appear to be complex, but they are really simple.  Once you’ve cut the pieces, tip the loaf pan (short side on the counter) and stack the pieces until the pan is full.  Also, I suggest you line the pan with parchment paper for easy removal and clean up.  The filling does become somewhat caramalized.  Also, it may talk longer than 35 minutes to cook and if that’s the case, cover the bread with foil until it’s done cooking.

Lemon Pull Apart Bread

For the sweet yeast dough
  • 2 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C  sugar
  • 2 1/4 t (1 envelope) instant yeast
  • 1/2 t fine sea salt
  • 1/3 C Half and Half
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs , at room temperature
For the lemon paste filling
  • 3/4 C  sugar
  • 4 T finely grated lemon zest (4 lemons)
  • 1/4 C butter , melted
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of the flour, the sugar, the yeast, and the salt and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and set aside.  In a small saucepan, melt together the half and half and butter until the butter has melted.  Remove from the heat, add the water and vanilla, and set aside until warm (115 to 125°F) , about 1 minute.    Pour the milk mixture over the flour-yeast mixture and, using a rubber spatula, mix until the dry ingredients are evenly moistened.  Add the eggs and stir the mixture until the eggs are incorporated into the batter.  The eggs will feel soupy and it’ll seem like the dough  and the eggs are never going to come together.  Keep stirring.  Add the remaining 3/4 C flour and stir with the spatula for about 2 minutes.  The mixture will be sticky, that’s just right.  Place the dough in a large, greased bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel.  Place in a warm space and allow to rest until doubled in size.  You can then refrigerate the dough overnight for use in the morning.  Just allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes before rolling out.
While the dough is rising, make the filling.  In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, the lemon  zest and melted butter.
Make the bread.  Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line a  9x5x3 loaf pan with parchment paper. Or, lightly coat the pan with nonstick spray.  Gently deflate the dough. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 20-by-12-inch rectangle.  Spoon the  melted butter/sugar mixture generously over the dough. Cut the dough crosswise into 5 strips, each about 12 by 4 inches. (A pizza cutter is helpful here.)   Stack each strip on top of one another.  Cut the strip into six equal slices again.  You’ll have six stacks of six squares.  Layer the dough squares in the loaf pan.  While there is plenty of space on either side of the strips widthwise in the pan, fitting the strips lengthwise is tight. But that’s fine because the spaces between the dough and the sides of the pan fill in during baking. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place until puffy and almost doubled in size.  Bake until the top is golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.

Here’s the original.


  1. This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing- this carb-aholic couldn’t be more smitten. 🙂

  2. With a title like that, I just had to read… And now I’m craving it…NOW! 🙂


    • I hope you get to enjoy it!
      Karen W

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