Recipe: Citrus Pull-Apart Bread

A bright, fresh centerpiece doesn't just have to be a bouquet of flowers in a vase. We think that a striking loaf of tangy, soft Citrus Pull-Apart Bread – complete with sweet, sticky citrus frosting – will have all your guests gathering around the table. Although this recipe takes a little time to pull together, the end result is absolutely worth it. In between the soft, homemade bread layers is just enough lemon and orange zest filling to flavor the loaf, and then you top the dough with a sweet, creamy egg white-based syrup that soaks in for this mouth-watering treat. Citrus Pull-Apart Bread is one of our highest-rated recipes because of its elegant presentation and hands-on serving approach. If you're not planning on hosting a spring garden party or ladies luncheon anytime soon, we'd also highly recommend a loaf of homemade pull-apart bread for your next Saturday brunch. Although you do get sweetness in the recipe, it's not overpowering enough to be considered a full-on dessert. Grown-ups and kids alike will love pulling off sections of this crowd-pleasing citrus bread, and the recipe makes two loaves – so you'll be all set to give the neighbor a gift or to have leftovers for the week ahead.

To start your bread, you'll first need to mix up the dough. Be sure to let you dough rise for an ample amount of time in a warm place – it makes all of the difference with the light, fluffy texture. The goal is to have the dough double in bulk on the first rise, which takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Once your dough has risen, you'll want to divide it in half; this becomes your second loaf. Roll out the dough into a 20" by 12" rectangle, and spread with softened butter. Using a knife or pizza cutter, divide into 5 strips. On each strip, you'll spread a portion of the citrus filling, and then the rectangles are stacked upon one another. Cut the rectangles in half, and place them cut-side up into a loaf pan, just as you'd stack dominoes. Pour the powdered sugar, melted butter, honey, and egg white mixture over the dough, and then set the pan aside to rise. The second rise should be around 1 hour, or until your loaf has doubled in size. Once your loaf of Citrus Pull-Apart Bread comes out of the oven, top it with your Citrus Frosting (believe us – you don't want to skip this step!) and serve warm. The bread goes quickly, so have some napkins on hand!

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