What is a pull-a-part? It's a goofy name you give to something that doesn't fit the title of Monkey Bread or Cinnamon Rolls…LOL
I have been wanting to try my roll recipe that can be made in under an hour for this type of recipe. I don't believe that one bread recipe is good for all things, but when your in a hurry and time is of the essence, I think this particular recipe worked great for rolls and cinnamon pull-a-parts. It was airy, light, fluffy, and yet, dense enough to hold its shape to be pulled apart. That was a good thing.
Recipe: Cinnamon Pull-a-parts
1/3 cup of sugar
2 T. yeast
2 cups of warm water
2 tsp. salt
8 cups of flour
2 stick of butter
1-2 cups of cinnamon/sugar mixture ( I used a cup, but if you like a lot of cinnamon/sugar…add more) To make the cinnamon-sugar mixture for each cup of sugar I would add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.
Heat your oven to 400. Preheat pans in oven while making the dough. Stoneware works great, but cake pans will work too.
In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring device, add sugar and yeast to the warm water. Let set for 5 minutes until frothy.
In a LARGE bowl or large mixer, add your salt, eggs and water/yeast mixture. Mix together. Slowly start adding your 8 cups of flour. The dough should pull away from the side of your bowl and combine all the ingredients together well.
Let the dough raise for 30 minutes.
Take preheated pans out of the oven and melt 4 T. of butter in each. Sprinkle a 1/4 cup of cinnamon sugar on the bottom of the pan. Start pinching of sections of dough and rolling them into a ball. Place each ball in the pan, close to each other. When the pan is full, take another 1/4 cup of cinnamon sugar and sprinkle on top of your dough. Cut the other 4T. of butter into little sections and sprinkle all over the top of your pull-a-parts.
**NOTE: My dough sections when rolled, where the size of walnuts and this made for a 3.5 inch raised pull-a-part. If you would like them to not be so tall, then make your rolled dough pieces smaller. This may alter the cooking time a bit so keep an eye on them while they cook.
I served the pull-a-parts with a simple cream cheese frosting.
In a small bowl, I mixed equal parts butter and cream cheese, added a touch of vanilla. With the powdered sugar, I continued to add enough until the consistency and flavor was what I wanted. I have a small whip that comes in handy for this task. ENJOY!