Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Loaf
What happens when monkey bread meets cinnamon rolls and gets wrapped in fall flavors? You get this deliciously decadent pumpkin cinnamon roll pull-apart loaf. It is the perfect centerpiece for a fall breakfast or brunch but in our house, it probably won't make it to the table fully in tact.
Pumpkin, spice, and everything nice
This recipe is adapted from Cookie & Cups amazing Pull Apart Cinnamon Roll Bread, which was in turn, adapted from a recipe by Fleischmann's. It is a favorite in our house, particularly with my nephew.
Just like the original, this cinnamon roll loaf is buttery and sweet and oh so gooey. To add a seasonal spin we added pumpkin puree to the dough and bumped up the cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice. What takes this loaf over the edge is the delicious cream cheese frosting.
So much better than ordinary cinnamon rolls
Baking a monkey bread-like cinnamon roll loaf means that there is lots of delicious filling for every single roll. And there are also lovely edges to savor if you like having a bit of crusty crunch.
Another plus for a "rustic" baker like me is that you don't have to make perfectly identical rolls. Often times the end pieces are a bit smaller compared to the center pieces. That's okay - for this loaf it doesn't matter. Everyone may choose their own perfectly-sized roll.
|Even without frosting this loaf is delicious!|
Worth the wait and the calories
This is not a recipe you pull together in under an hour. All told it takes almost 2½ hours from start to finish. But as with many things, anticipation is part of the experience. There is something both agonizing and satisfying to wait for dough to double in size. Knowing that your wait will be rewarded in the end makes it all the more bearable.
And to commandeer Prue Leith's catchphrase, it is most definitely "worth the calories."