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Caramel Pull-Aparts in the Bread Machine

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A delicious breakfast bread (made like monkey bread with pull-apart pieces) covered with ooey-gooey caramel sauce


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Bread Dough

  • 1 c milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp butter (sliced)
  • 3 c flour
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

Caramel sauce

  • 1/2 c margarine
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 large package of cook & serve vanilla pudding (not instant!)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


Bread dough in the bread machine

  1. Make sure to add all of the ingredients in order to your bread machine pan.
  2. Measure 1 cup of milk and add the egg. Warm both in the microwave until lukewarm (about 30 seconds). Add to your bread machine pan.
  3. Next, add the 2 tablespoons of butter – cutting it into pieces.
  4. Then add all of the dry ingredients in order. 3 cups of flour, ¼ cup sugar, 1 tsp salt and 1 ½ teaspoons of active dry yeast (room temperature).
  5. Set the bread machine to the basic white cycle and press start.

Caramel sauce

  1. While your bread is mixing and kneading, you can make the caramel sauce.
  2. Start by melting 1/2 cup of margarine.
  3. Then add 1 cup brown sugar and 1 large package of cook & serve vanilla pudding. (Do not use instant pudding! The sauce will be thick and chunky, I’ve learned from experience!)
  4. Next, add 2 tbsp milk and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  5. Mix well. It should be smooth and fairly runny.

Bread machine rise cycle

  1. Once the bread machine hits the rise cycle, it’s time to form the pull-aparts and add the caramel sauce.
  2. First, grease your hands with shortening and then take the dough out of the bread machine.
  3. Also, remove the kneading paddle.
  4. Then take half of the bread dough and tear off small pieces and add back to the bread machine.
  5. Pour half the caramel sauce over the bread dough chunks.
  6. Repeat with the second half of the bread dough and the caramel sauce.

Finish rising & baking in the bread machine

  1. Close the bread machine lid and continue the remainder of the bread cycle through baking.
  2. When the timer goes off, take the bread out and immediately turn it over onto a large platter, pan or cutting board.
  3. Most importantly — test a piece, it is so yummy right from the oven! Enjoy!


  • P.S. – if you don’t have a bread machine, you can still make this recipe in a 9X13 pan with frozen bread dough, or make the homemade dough for this recipe and let it double in size before forming the pull-aparts. Then let it rise again before baking 20 minutes at 350 degrees in the oven. The bread will be golden brown when it’s done.
  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Category: Breads
  • Cuisine: American
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