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Plum Bread (Pull-Apart Bread)

A perfect plum bread with cinnamon: soft and fluffy, sweet, and full of flavor, this pull-apart bread is amazing!

Yeasted Plum Bread

Plum Pull Apart Bread

I really don’t know how I came to make this plum bread. Actually I was searching for something quicker, but then I got tangled in Pinterest again and suddenly there was nothing else I wanted to make more than a pull-apart bread.

And preferably with plums, I bought quite a lot of them the other day, nice and shiny, just asking to be turned into a cake. And if you like plum cakes as much as I do, you should definitely try this Zwetschgenkuchen or German Plum Cake, these delicious Plum Clafoutis, or this Turmeric Plum Cake.

The plum bread was baked and then eaten warm, I just took the time to make some pictures and half an hour later the last piece was gone. Mind you, it was not a particularly large bread, but still there were only 3 adults and 2 small children present.

And talking about portion size, a slice of this plum bread only has about 160 calories, that’s not bad at all considering that it is a cake!

It was absolutely delicious, soft and sweet with tangy plums. The plums were in this case the perfect choice, as we had many of them in the house, this is their season anyway, but I would love to try this bread with cherries next summer. Or peaches.

Plum Pull Apart Bread
Plum Pull Apart Bread

How to make the yeast dough?

  • This a yeast cake, nonetheless the dough is super easy to make.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, either that of a stand mixer or a regular bowl: flour, active dry yeast, salt, and sugar.
  • Add the wet ingredients: lukewarm water and egg.
  • Knead in the stand mixer or with a hand-held mixer until the dough is smooth and doesn’t stick anymore to the walls of the bowl anymore, about 5 minutes.
  • Add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky or a little bit more water if the dough is too tough. The dough should remain nice and soft.
  • Turn the dough onto the working surface, knead briefly to form a ball, place in a clean bowl, cover with a kitchen cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about half an hour.
  • The rising time depends on how warm the kitchen is.
Plum Pull Apart Bread

How to form a pull-apart bread?

  • Butter a loaf pan, no need to butter if using a silicone one. Set aside.
  • Slice the plums. Set aside.
  • Mix the soft butter with the brown sugar. Set aside.
  • Knead the risen dough shortly on the working surface.
  • Divide the dough into equal-sized balls, about as large as a golf ball. I had 14 of them.
  • Roll each ball into an oval slice.
  • Spread a little of the butter-sugar mixture on each dough piece.
  • Top with a few plum slices and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Spread some butter-sugar mixture on the last piece of dough as well, but do not add plums anymore. Stack about 3 slices of dough over each other, leaving the one without the plums aside.
Plum Pull Apart Bread
  • When all of them are stacked into small groups, take one group at a time and place it in the buttered loaf pan, the way you would put books in a bookshelf.
  • Close the row with the plum-free slice, the buttered side should face the previous slice.
  • Cover the pan with the kitchen towel and let rise again for about 20-30 minutes, until visibly risen.
Plum Pull Apart Bread

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Plum Pull Apart Bread

Yield: 14 slices
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Amazing plum bread, the pull-apart cake style. Soft, sweet, and cinnamon flavor, you will love every slice of it!

Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 350 g/ 12.3 oz/ 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons active dried yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 150 ml/ 5 fl.oz/ 2/3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 egg
  • Filling:
  • 4-5 small plums
  • 50 g/ 1.7 oz/ ¼ cup very soft unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • Topping:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the water and the egg. Knead the dough in the food processor or with a hand-held mixer with kneading attachments until the dough is smooth and doesn't stick anymore about 5 minutes. Add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky or a little bit more water if the dough is too tough. Knead the dough briefly on the working surface, place in a bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for about half an hour or until double in size.
  2. Butter a loaf pan (about 23 cm/ 9 inches) if you are using a normal one. You don't need to butter it if using a silicon mold.
  3. Halve the plums and slice the halves very thinly. Mix 50 g soft butter with 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar.
  4. Knead the dough shortly on the working surface. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls, about as large as a golf ball. I had 14 of them.
  5. Roll each ball into an oval slice (you can lightly flour the working surface if you find it necessary, I didn't need to). Spread a little of the butter-sugar mixture on each slice, place a few plum slices on top and sprinkle with some cinnamon. Spread some butter-sugar mixture on the last one as well, but do not add plums anymore.
  6. Stack about 3 slices of dough over each other, leaving the one without the plums aside. When all of them are stacked into small groups, take one group at a time and place it in the buttered loaf pan, the way you would put books in a bookshelf. Close the row with the plum-free slice, the buttered side should face the previous slice.
  7. Cover the pan with the kitchen towel and let rise again for about 20-30 minutes, until visibly risen.
  8. While the bread rises, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. When the bread has risen, melt the remaining butter and pour evenly on the bread. Sprinkle with the extra tablespoon of brown sugar and with some more cinnamon.
  10. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes until the bread is cooked through but still soft. It should be nicely browned as well. Check the bread after the half of the baking time, if it gets dark too soon, cover lightly with aluminum foil.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Karen (Back Road Journal)

Saturday 30th of May 2020

This is a recipe that will have to wait until the ingredients become available...it certainly does sound good.

JJ

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Hi. I am in the process of making this recipe and I see it calls for an egg in the ingredients but it is not used in the recipe. When is the egg added?

Adina

Monday 19th of November 2018

Hi JJ. Sorry, I've only read the comment now. The egg comes in the dough, add it to the bowl before you start kneading.

Adina

Friday 9th of October 2015

I am sure you would! Give it a try. I read your story about life in Dubai, I envy the seasons there: summer, hot summer and hottest summer! What we have here is sunny autumn, rainy autumn and cold autumn. :)

Fareeha

Friday 9th of October 2015

Wow ! Looks so beautiful ! I'm sure I'll love it.

Nancy/SpicieFoodie

Wednesday 7th of October 2015

I love plums and I love pull apart bread. Fantastic recipe!

Adina

Wednesday 7th of October 2015

Thank you, Nancy. :)

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