Iain Bagwell
Active Time:
30 Mins
Total Time:
5 Hours 5 Mins
Makes 10 to 12 servings

We'd wager that this is the best pull-apart bread on the planet. It's hard to beat the scrumptious sugary crust on the outside of the soft, cakey round; but it's the caramel glaze that really adds the winning touch. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Generously grease a 10-inch (12-cup) tube pan; line bottom with wax paper, and lightly grease wax paper.

Step 2

Stir together granulated sugar and next 2 ingredients in a small bowl. Turn Breakfast Bread Dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 or 4 times. Shape dough into about 60 (1 1/2-inch) balls. Dip each in melted butter; roll in sugar mixture.

Step 3

Place a single layer of coated balls in prepared pan, covering bottom completely. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup pecans. Repeat layers twice. Top with any remaining sugar mixture; drizzle with any remaining melted butter.

Step 4

Cover dough; let stand 1 hour.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 350°. Uncover and bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool 20 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, discarding wax paper. Invert onto a serving platter. Drizzle with glaze. Serve warm.

Step 6

For caramel glaze: Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. Stir constantly 2 minutes; use immediately.