This is a variation of your standard pull apart bread with a subtle blackberry and lemon flavor. While I do enjoy the classic cinnamon and brown sugar flavored breakfast treats, the light fruity flavor of this one is refreshing.
I used a table mixer, but you can easily adjust the instructions to accommodate kneading by hand if you prefer. This recipe is a little larger than most, it nicely fills a 9″ spring form pan.
3 Tbs butter
3/4 cup milk
3 tsp dry yeast
1 cup blackberry puree
1/4 – 1/3 cup sugar
3-1/2 to 4 cups flour
2 Tbs butter
1 cup sugar
zest of 3 lemons
Combine the butter and milk, warm it just enough to melt the butter. Let it cool so that you don’t kill the yeast, I prefer to use a thermometer to verify the temperature. Anything over 120° puts your yeast at risk. Put the milk/butter mixture, yeast, sugar, and a cup of flour in a mixer with a dough hook and combine it. Let it sit until you see the yeast beginning to work (bubbles will begin to form). With the mixer on low alternately add the remaining flour and blackberry puree. If blackberry seeds offend you then strain the puree but in my opinion you’ll lose some flavor.
Let the mixer knead the dough until a slightly sticky ball forms. Remove the dough and place it in a greased bowl, turn it so that it’s greased on all sides. Cover the bowl and let it rise until doubled.
After the dough has doubled deflate it and remove it from the bowl. Roll it into a rectangle. The size depends on how thick you want the rolls to be. I rolled mine into an 20″ x 14″ rectangle. Melt the additional two tablespoons of butter and brush the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the cup of sugar and lemon zest evenly over the dough. Using a pizza cutter, I cut mine down the middle, making two 20″ x 7″ pieces, these I cut into 2″ x 7″ strips. Roll the strips and place them in a greased pan. Get creative, you can use a cast iron skillet, loaf pans, cake pans, etc. If you prefer the classic ‘leaf’ type of pull apart bread cut the dough into squares.
Let it rise a second time, until it’s almost doubled. Then bake the rolls at 375° for about 30 minutes. The time will depend on your choice of pans. Serve them warm from the oven. Try substituting other fruits, based on what’s in season and what’s available to you. Mango works well, as does pineapple.
Until next time… Release YOUR Bon Vivant and Savor Your Life!