Orange Marzipan Pull-Apart Loaf

"This pull apart loaf was born spontaneously yesterday, when didn’t want to work on my administrative tasks, but decided to bake instead 🙃. Can’t blame myself - it turned out totally delicious! Complemented it with orange and marzipan flavors and, no surprise, this morning I was left with the last piece for breakfast 🙈"
-- @ira_zlatev

A Note from Feedfeed

Face it. Pull-apart bread is so much better than a standard loaf. It's got all those tear-and-share vibes we love at a dinner party, plus you can the same dough to go sweet or savory. Just change up the fillings based on your mood! Want cinnmon roll style? Great! Feeling a cheese pull? Do it!

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Prep time 2hrs 30mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 1 loaf

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For the Dough


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 6 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons lukewarm water
  • 6 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • pinch salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

For the Filling


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3 1/2 ounces marzipan
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • Step 1

    Make the dough: Mix the yeast, warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar in a bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to proof.

  • Step 2

    In a pan, melt the butter with the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Leave to cool down.

  • Step 3

    Pour the yeast mixture, eggs and orange zest into the cooled butter mixture. Mix to combine. Slowly add the flour, mixing to combine. Dust a work surface with flour and knead the dough for 10 minutes, until smooth and not sticky to the touch.

  • Step 4

    Lightly grease a bowl with butter, place the dough into it, and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until doubled in size.

  • Step 5

    Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

  • Step 6

    On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 16 x 20-inch rectangle. Brush with the melted butter, then spread the marzipan over the dough. Sprinkle with lemon zest.

  • Step 7

    Cut the dough into 4 long strips. Stack them on top of each other, then cut the stack into 6 squares. Transfer the stacks of squares into the prepared pan, standing them up.Cover with a clean towel and leave to rise for 1 hour.

  • Step 8

    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Brush the loaf with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.