Cranberry Orange Pull Apart Bread

This recipe is a spin on the traditional cranberry orange pull-apart bread. The dough for this tasty treat contains finely grated zest from oranges and clementines, which add vibrant flavor to every bite!

This is a quick and easy recipe for cranberry orange monkey bread. The dough is made with dried cranberries, orange zest, brown sugar, and milk. This can be baked in an oven or on the stovetop.

Orange zest and tart cranberries flavor this soft and delectable sticky bun-like bread. It’s difficult to know when to stop eating with so many strips!

Let’s get right to it. Pull-Apart Cranberry Orange Bread

I’m sorry, but I need to take a break.

Okay, I’m all set. Can you smell those lovely orange zests on that loaf? Or see cranberries growing in every nook and cranny? So, how’s the bread? Can you tell how very soft it is and how quickly it dissolves in your mouth? ARE YOU CAPABLE?

I can, and I did, eating approximately a third of the bread in one sitting. What’s more, you know what? I don’t have any regrets. 

For those of you who have never tried a pull apart bread, let me explain: a pull apart bread is made up of a lot of thin pieces of dough that have been sprinkled with sugar and tucked into a loaf pan. As seen in the image below, you just take off a piece and eat it whole.


It’s the ideal breakfast bread for the weekend. What would your roommate/girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse/kids think if they awoke to this? The answer is ecstatic. Food has its own psychology that necessitates the eater’s participation, and this bread delivers on that front. You start peeling off a piece and feel so delighted that you keep taking off more and more.

Onto the taste. Orange zest is used in both the filling and the glaze, giving each mouthful a burst of delicious citrus. The cranberries lend a nice zest to the dish. What about the dough? Let’s just say that from now on, this will be my only sweet dough recipe.


In other news, I just completed a photoshoot! The most of them are of me eating cupcakes. I ate a lot of cupcakes. I continued posing for a photo and thought it needed to be genuine, so I bit into it halfway and realized, “Whoops, it’s gotta go someplace now.”

I’m going to leave you with them. I wish you everyone a wonderful Wednesday!





  • Sarah Fennel is the author of this piece.
  • Time to prepare: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • 45 minutes to prepare
  • 3 hours and 5 minutes total
  • 1 big loaf (1x) yield
  • Sarah Fennel is the author of this piece.
  • Time to prepare: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • 45 minutes to prepare
  • 3 hours and 5 minutes total
  • 1 big loaf (1x) yield



  • Sarah Fennel is the author of this piece.
  • Time to prepare: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • 45 minutes to prepare
  • 3 hours and 5 minutes total
  • 1 big loaf (1x) yield


To make the bread

  • 2/3 gallon milk
  • 2 teaspoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tblsp. rapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons active yeast (instant)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons extract de vanille
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

To make the filling

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 oranges, zest
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (light)
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, dry

To make the glazing

  • 1 cup sugar (powdered)
  • half an orange’s zest
  • heavy cream, 2–3 teaspoons


  1. Microwave the milk and sugar in a small bowl for 45 seconds, or until warm but not hot. Toss in the yeast and give it a good swirl. Allow for a 5-minute rest period. The yeast should froth, indicating that it is active. After that, add the melted butter, oil, eggs, vanilla essence, and salt to the mixture.
  2. Fill a standing mixer with the dough hook attachment. Reduce the mixer’s speed to low and gradually add the flour, 1 cup at a time. Allow 5 minutes for the dough to knead. The dough should be somewhat sticky but stiff enough to form a ball.
  3. Coat a large mixing bowl with oil and add the dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to prove for 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  4. Using parchment paper, line a big loaf pan. Remove from the equation.
  5. Prepare a broad work surface with flour. Make a 12 x 20-inch rectangle out of the dough. Spread the butter all over the dough, evenly covering it. On top, sprinkle the brown sugar and orange zest. Make sure everything is equally distributed to the edges.
  6. Cut the dough into six uniform strips using a knife or pizza cutter (each approx. 3.3 inches wide). As you work, layer the strips on top of each other, sprinkling the dried cranberries on top of each one. Then, once again, split the huge stack into six equal pieces. You’ll finish up with six stacks, each with six dough strips.
  7. Place three dough stacks on top of each other in the loaf pan, allowing them to stand vertically. Rep with the remaining three stacks. In your loaf pan, the finished result should resemble a dough accordion.
  8. Allow the dough to rise again. Cover the loaf with a towel and let aside for 45 minutes to rest.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Because the surface of the loaf might be baked while the middle is still doughy, you’ll want a rich golden hue. Please use caution.
  10. Combine all icing ingredients while the dough is baking. When you take it up out of the bowl with a spoon or whisk, the consistency should be thick and generate ribbons the width of a finger. Remove from the equation.
  11. Allow the loaf to cool for 10 minutes after taking it out of the oven before drizzling it with glaze.


*At this stage, you may freeze the dough overnight and then defrost it for an hour the next morning. After that, bake as usual. *If the top of your loaf begins to brown during the first 30 minutes, lightly cover it with tin foil to avoid overbrowning.


The “Rhodes cranberry orange pull apart” is a delicious dessert that can be made in under an hour. The bread has a sweet and tangy flavor that gets better with time. Reference: rhodes cranberry orange pull apart.

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