Monday, February 17, 2014

Blueberry-Orange Pull Apart Bread


Pull Apart Bread

Pull Apart Bread

Pull Apart Bread


Pull Apart Bread

I was given a big punnet of blueberries which had been sitting in my refrigerator for more than two weeks; and they were begging me to find ways to use them.  As I was searching  for a blueberry recipe other than blueberry muffins or blueberry smoothies, I chanced upon La Petite Brioche's Lemon Blueberry Pull Apart Bread.  I used orange instead of lemon and combined my favourite bread dough recipe from Orange-Cranberry Bread for this Orange-Blueberry Pull Apart Bread.  Let me tell you, the pairing of blueberries and orange  made this a remarkably delicious combination for my pull apart bread.  And this bread is best eaten straight out of the oven.  It certainly makes a perfect accompaniment to a cup of hot coffee.  

Ingredients:  

(A)
60g bread flour
2 tsp dried yeast
130g lukewarm water

(B)
420g bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
zest of 2 oranges
1 1/2 tbsp honey
190ml  fresh orange juice

(C) 
50g vegetable oil


(D)  Orange-Sugar Mixture:
100g raw sugar
zest of 3 oranges

(E)
1 cup fresh blueberries

(F)
30g butter, melted


  • (A) In a small bowl, combine bread flour with yeast and lukewarm water into a thick paste. Cover and leave at room temperature until the mixture becomes foamy.
  • In a mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine all ingredients (B) together.  Then add in (A), knead until well combined.  Gradually add in (C) and continue to knead until dough is smooth and elastic. [At this stage, the dough should be able to stretch to form a window-like thin membrane without breaking - Windowpane Test]
  • Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with clingwrap.  Place it in a warm place to allow the dough to rise until at least doubled in volume. [To determine if the dough has risen long enough, poke a floured finger into the  dough.  When you remove your finger, the dough shouldn't spring back at all.  If the dough springs back immediately, it is under-proved and needs more time to proof further.]
  • Mix together (D) and set aside.

Orange-Sugar Mixture


  • Once the dough has doubled in size, gently deflate the dough with your hand. Roll the dough into a rectangle and using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 5 equal strips.  Brush melted butter liberally on the first strip of dough and sprinkle evenly with orange-sugar mixture.





  • Stack a second strip of dough over the first one, brush with melted butter and sprinkle evenly with orange-sugar mixture. Repeat the steps with the rest of the dough strips until you get a stack of 5 strips, all buttered and topped with orange-sugar mixture.




  • Then slice the stack crosswise through all the five layers, into 6 equal rectangles. Transfer these square stacks of dough into the two prepared loaf pans, with cut edges facing up, side by side.  Gently insert blueberries evenly in between each layer of the dough.  Cover with cling wrap and leave it to proof until almost doubled.
Pull Apart Bread

Pull Apart Bread

  • Bake  in a preheated oven (175 deg C) for about 40 minutes or until brown.  
  • Remove the bread from the pan immediately and brush the top with melted butter if you wish.



17 comments:

  1. this is so pretty..... absolutely enticing... i enjoy pulling apart these bread

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  2. Wow, Veronica! I am very enchanted with your bread. Can literally smell it over here!

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  3. I've never tried blueberries and orange together but you've convinced me that I need to Veronica! :D

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  4. I wish I could pull one right off from the screen! They look divine!

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  5. This looks really good. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  6. I'm a bit intimidated of bread recipes but this looks so nice that I might have to try it!

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    1. Don't be intimidated. What you need most is patience. For me, most of the time it takes 3-4 hours proofing, even longer during winter. Good luck!

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  7. Looks great and certainly a keeper, thanks for sharing.

    oh ya, tried your fried cubic noodle, excellent recipe, simple yet delicious, thanks again

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  8. Very nice bread, Veronica. I have forgotten when was the last time I posted a bread recipe. I like the blueberry flavour.

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  9. This bread looks awesome....i'd liked to try one...looks for tempting....im lazy so no bread making for me:-p

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  10. This bread looks so wonderfully delicious.....suitable anytime of the day....errr....hehe......when your stomach calling.

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  11. Wow, how can I miss this post. I was looking for some bread recipes for my meat floss other than what I've posted before. This really, really looks good, esp with the fresh bluberries!

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  12. Your bread is so neatly stacked to each other. By looking at your pictures, how I wish to pull the slices and just eat it. Looks so yummy!

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  13. Hi Veronica! This is beautiful! I landed on this at the right time, like you i am looking for some inspiration on how to make use of some blueberries that have been lying around :) Thank you for sharing this!

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  14. Veronica, i made this today and i had to drop by to tell you how pleased i am with it! It turned out so beautiful, i was clicking away just awhile ago :)) And i love the taste too. Thank you so much!

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    1. I am so glad to hear that your pull-apart bread turned out so well and that you are so pleased with the result. Would you be posting your pull-apart bread? Looking forward to it.

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  15. Hi Veronica,
    First of all, thank you so much for joining in the 'International Yeasted Recipe' event and sharing your wonderful yeasted recipes with us. I'm sure my readers can't wait to see more creations from your kitchen in the future.
    Enjoy & have fun.
    Blessings, Kristy

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