Chocolate Coffee Pull-Apart Bread

Do you have those days where all you crave is bread?  There are way too many days like that for me.  Bread is delicious. Yeast is wonderful.  AND all the wonderful ways you can work with yeast is well…fun!

When I was a kid, I remember my mom would tell me about her first experience with making bread.  She said that it made a good door stop….which I can only imagine would rock as a door stop honestly.  BUT I was a bit leery of working with yeast after that, I wasn’t for sure where to even start.  Thank you to Nelly from Cooking with Books, she is the one that helped me let go of that fear.

That fear is soooooo gone, and this last weekend I was brave enough to create a fun new recipe!  AND it turned out, YAY!!!

One of my first really fun experiences with yeast was when I made delicious Homemade English Muffins!  Then having the chance to share my Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake with my grandparents, aunt, and uncle was the perfect way to devour that cake!  BUT the best experience with yeast has to be when I made New York Style Bagels, a true adventure, and soooo delicious!  I still have Croissants on my kitchen bucket list, and will for sure be making them some time VERY soon!

Now mixing my love of dough, yeast, bread, AND coffee, sounds perfect to me!  After my fun with the Coffee Pumpkin Bundt Cake, baking with coffee is my new love!

Now for the fun!  Who is ready to make some Chocolate Coffee Pull-Apart Bread with me?  With PLATINUM Red Star Yeast, it is simple to use, AND so forgiving it takes the intimidation out of baking with yeast!  With PLATINUM, my love of baking has grown even stronger!

 After letting the dough rise for almost two hours.  PLATINUM decreases the the risk of the dough collapsing after proofing and during baking!

Flour surface and roll out dough.

Spread out the buttery coffee cinnamon layer on dough.

Cut dough into squares, and stack on top of each other.

Stack together and place in bread loaf pan.


Chocolate Coffee Pull-Apart Bread

Coffee addicts dream!

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2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup Florida Crystals Pure Cane Sugar
1/4 cup sweetened cocoa
1 package PLATINUM Red Star Yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 oz salted butter
1/3 cup half and half
1/4 cup prepared coffee
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond
2 eggs
1 Tbsp coffee grounds
1 Tbsp cinnamon
12 Tbsp salted butter, softened
1 cup Florida Crystals Pure Cane Sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.

In medium bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, sweetened cocoa, and salt. Sit aside.

Whisk together eggs in small bowl. Sit aside.

In small sauce pot, on medium-low heat, add half & half, prepared coffee, and butter. Once heated, take off heat, add vanilla extract, and almond extract, let cool to 115 - 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour milk mixture in flour mixture, mix well with spatula, the dough will be sticky. Add whisked eggs to dough, mix well, add remaining 1/2 cup flour, and continue mixing well. The dough is slightly sticky.

In medium bowl, add about 2-3 Tbsps of canola oil and cover dough with oil, cover dough with wet towel and sit in warm area.

Let dough rise for two hours, and double in size.

In small bowl, mix together softened butter, coffee grounds, cinnamon, and sugar.

On floured surface, roll out dough, spread out filling on dough, cut dough in three large strips, then cut dough into squares. Stack squares on top of each other, and stack upright in bread loaf pan.

Bake bread for 45-50 minutes, depending on oven. To check if dough is cooked through completely, inside of dough should be at least 200 degrees Fahrenheit.


With Red Star PLATINUM Yeast, bread making is so much easier.  I promise you this, if you were afraid of yeast, you don’t have to be afraid anymore.  This yeast truly is fun to work with, and you will have consistent bread baking everytime.


Now for the fun, would you like to try some PLATINUM Red Star Yeast?  Well you are in luck, look at the goodies you will get if you win my fun giveaway!!!


Disclosure – I received a free package from Red Star Yeast to share fun bread recipes, the opinions and thoughts are my own.  

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  • Andrea
    One of my favorite yeasted breads to make is a butternut squash bread... speaking of which I need to make ASAP!!
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  • Yummy! Love pull apart bread a lot.
  • This bread looks so good, Terra! Brioche is on my list next :).
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  • Every other day is a day when all I crave is homemade bread but you know the relationship I share with yeast. We're still trying to get along - heh. I love this sweet chocolate and strong coffee combination you have going here! Just terrific :)
  • The Café Sucré Farine
    You look like you've been making yeast breads all your life Terra, you could have fooled us! This looks amazing - I be the aroma of your home as it baked was unbelievable!
  • This bread looks wonderful. great idea on the coffee grounds in the filling. my favorite yeast bread to bake is cinnamon rolls. Just made a batch yesterday. Instead of the traditional cinnamon-sugar filling, I used sugar/orange zest/lemon zest. It was a big hit! Thanks for doing this awesome giveaway.
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    Oh Terra this is absolutely stunning. I would have loved this pull apart bread along with my tea! I am meaning to bake a pull apart in a long time maybe this will give me the push?! :)
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    Whoa! I just saw this across my screen while on pinterest and my mouth dropped! I am in love
  • OMG! This chocolate coffee pull-apart bread is insane! I must have some! The minute the page opened..I was like WOAH! always make amazing goodies..and this bread is no exception! OK..I would love to win the package. but no need for several posts...except for facebook, which I don't use..I follow both you and Red Star everywhere :) As for my favorite bread to make...probably challah, since I've made it like a million times since I started baking bread :) xoxoxo
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  • I'm already following you! I love the look of this pull-a-part bread. It looks very yummy and I can imagine this is eaten the minute it's taken from the oven xx
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    I love bread too... I really love good bread and search for the best bakery since I don't have time to bake. One day when both my kids are in school for whole day (next year!!), I'm going to start baking bread. Right now I either cook dinner or bake and usually end up cooking dinner. I want to make good french baguette!! Your pull part bread looks gorgeous. Wish one day I can make it!
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    Great bread! Love the flavor of it. We've been baking bread a ton lately, and your recipe looks terrific. Platinum yeast is new to me - I'll have to check it out. I usually buy instant yeast in bulk (a pound at a time; lately I've been buying SAF) and then freezing it so it keeps longer. But I always like learning about new things. Thanks for this.
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    For someone who isn't - wasn't - too comfortable working with yeast breads, this creation is awesome!!! I become a kid again when I eat pull apart breads, but I guess the coffee in this would be more for adults - NOT! But then there is the sugar, the cinnamon and the cocoa. O.K. I'm a kid again! I'll be making this with you for sure!
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