Cocoa Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

I’m finishing up Junot Diaz’s This is How You Lose Her, a collection of stories about Junior and other young men who often find themselves going toward or pulling away from the women in their lives. To that end, I’ve decided to pair Diaz’s collection with pull apart bread.

Cocoa Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread



  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 4 tbsps butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 package of active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 tsps)


  • 2 1/2 tbsps sugar (or 4 tbsps for sugar lovers)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 1/2 tbsps cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsps butter, browned


  1. Load dough ingredients into bread machine, beginning with the wet ingredients. Add in sugar, flour, and salt. Make a small well in the sugar, flour, and salt layer and add in yeast, being sure that the yeast doesn’t touch the wet ingredients. Select dough cycle on bread machine (do not use delayed start).
  2. Remove dough from bread machine and place in a large bowl. Cover with a clean towel and let rest for 1 hour.
  3. Roll dough into a 12x 20 inch square onto a lightly powdered surface.
  4. Spread browned butter onto dough. Sprinkle sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder mixture on top.
  5. Using a pizza cutter, cuz dough into six vertical strips and stack the strips one on top of the other. Cut those strips into six strips.
  6. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan and add dough one stack at a time. Gently tug individual layers to touch sides of the pan.
  7. Cover with a clean towel and let rise for 45-50 minutes.
  8. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake loaf for 30-35 minutes until bread is brown on top and done throughout.
  10. Sprinkle with confectionary sugar or drizzle with cream cheese icing if desired.

Happy reading, happy eating.

4 thoughts on “Cocoa Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

    • Hi! I absolutely love Diaz’s work. I had the opportunity to meet him a few months back, and he was just as passionate in person as he is in text. I hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks for stopping by :)!

      • It was an honor! I was lucky to be able to hear him speak about his writing. Don’t worry about the baking; I have a feeling it’s going to turn out great. Just have fun with it, and please send a picture :)!

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