Update 2-6-2014: I recently visited a site that I have this recipe listed. I was a bit concerned with some of the comments suggesting the recipe did not work. Well, I am here to say that it does. I made a fresh batch today and the recipe is spot on. I don't know why some have had a difficult time getting this to work. With that said, please keep in mind that we all cook differently, with a different skill set and different available ingredients. Here is a picture of the batch I made this morning: This picture has the full 2 cups of sugar and cinnamon (I noted below that the other pictures were made with half of this).
I will add that they are best fresh! If they sit, they will get a bit firm but they can be microwaved for a few seconds to soften again. Do not over bake them.
The recipe also works well to halve the ingredients to make one pie plate.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
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
Makes two 10 inch pie plates full of cinnamon balls
1/3 cup of sugar
2 T. yeast
2 cups of warm water
2 tsp. salt
6-8 cups of flour (the dough should pull from the bowl and knead without sticking)
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.
1. Heat your oven to 400. Preheat pans in oven while dough is rising. Stoneware and glass pans work great.
2. In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring device, add sugar and yeast to the warm water. Let set for 5 minutes until frothy.
3. In a LARGE bowl or large mixer, add your salt, eggs and water/yeast mixture. Mix together. Slowly start adding your 6-8 cups of flour. The dough should pull away from the side of your bowl and combine all the ingredients together well. Knead for 3 minutes.
4. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes. Melt 1 stick of butter in a small bowl. Combine sugar and cinnamon.
5. Take preheated pans out of the oven and melt 4 T. of butter in each. Sprinkle a 1/2 cup of cinnamon sugar on the bottom of the pan. Start pinching of sections of dough and rolling them into a ball. Coat each ball with melted butter and then the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
6. Place each ball in the pan close to each other. The heat from the pan will cause the dough to start rising. Place your pan in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. The rolls should be golden brown on top.
**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!