Elephant Ear Bread!

Earlier this week I showed Polka Dots and Lemonade readers how to make this delicious pull-apart bread!

I'll be showing you how to make Elephant Ear Bread, which is pretty much pull-apart bread. It is a perfect mix of cinnamon-sugary goodness. There are many layers that peel apart and taste absolutely delicious!


Elephant Ear Bread
Recipe cred: Recipe Snobs

Ingredients:
Dough:
2 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (one package)
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup milk (any kind - I used skim)
1/4 cup water
2 eggs (whisked)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Filling:
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
4 Tbsp. butter, melting

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Set aside.
2. In the microwave, melt the butter and milk. Once the butter is melted completely, add the water and vanilla. Let cool for 5 minutes.
3. Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the whisked eggs to the batter, and keep mixing.
4. Add 3/4 cup of flour and mix well. (It will be very sticky, which is great!)
5. Place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover and set it in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes. Once the dough has doubled in size, knead in 2 tablespoons of flour. Cover again for 10 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, start the filling. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside, and then melt the 4 Tbsp. butter.
7. Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the melted butter over the surface, and sprinkle the sugar mixture over the surface.
8. Using a pie cutter, cut 2 inch squares. Stack the squares into 4 piles, and place them in the bread pan. Take the excess sugar and sprinkle it on top of the dough. Cover the dough again for 15 minutes to rise.
9. While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put a cookie sheet under the bread pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until the outside of bread is golden brown.
10. Let it cool, and then enjoy!