Lemon Pull-Apart Sweet Bread

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Fantastic, light and fluffy pull-apart bread (or call it coffee cake) flavored with lemon and orange zest, finished with cream cheese glaze. It smells amazing ant tastes incredible. The dough can be made in a bread machine or a stand mixer.
Lemon Pull-Apart Sweet Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (active, dry)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest (finely grated)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (finely grated)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • vegetable oil (for brushing the pan)
Yield:
loaf
Prep time:
1 hour, 50 minutes
Cook time:
40 minutes
Total time:
2 hours, 30 minutes
Yield: 1 loaf | Prep time: 1 hour, 50 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes | Total time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Instructions

1. Make the dough (first 9 ingredients). Combine dry ingredients: flour, yeast, sugar and salt. In a small saucepan, heat butter and milk over low heat just until the butter is melted. Add water and vanilla extract.
2. Combine 1/2 of the dry ingredients and milk mixture. Mix well with a spatula. Using an electric mixer (on low speed), add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing just until incorporated. Gradually add the rest of the flour mixture, mixing with a spoon, then your hands. Knead the dough until smooth and soft, but not sticky (if it is, add another tablespoon of flour).
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3. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
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4. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a bowl, mix melted butter, sugar, lemon zest and orange zest.
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5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 20-by-12-inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 5 even strips (12-by-4-inch each).
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6. Spread 1/5 of the filling over one of the rectangles. Top with the second rectangle and spread some filling over it. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling, so that you get a stack of 5 rectangles.
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7. Slice the dough stack crosswise through all 5 layers in order to get 6 equal strips (about 4-by-2-inch each).
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8. Brush 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with oil. Arrange these layered strips into the prepared loaf pan, side by side, cut edges up.
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9. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes (if you don't have the time, skip this step).
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10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
11. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake, comes out clean.
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12. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze. In a bowl, using a rubber spatula, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add milk and lemon juice and mix until smooth.
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13. Cool the cake in a pan for 10-15 minutes, then remove from the pan.
13. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the cake with cream cheese icing.
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14. To serve you can pull it apart or slice. Enjoy!

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