Grandma’s Breakfast Dessert Bread is a quick, pull apart, sweet breakfast or dessert bread recipe with yeast, a possible surprise and the best honey butter!
Best Breakfast Bread Recipe
My grandmother used to make this strange recipe for my sister and I when we were young! When I say strange it is because of the ingredients.
This recipe for my Grandma’s Surprise Breakfast Bread or Dessert Bread is absolutely delicious! We were always sure, once we noticed that smell, exactly what we thought she was baking.
Especially once we had checked through the window in the oven just to confirm it! She always knew we would check too and always left the light on. I always believed she had super powers because she knew everything and I could never figure out how.
We must have driven her crazy too, asking repeatedly, “is it done yet?”, she had the patience of a saint and was my favorite human being EVER, and my grandpa was a close second.
There are definitely other people that I love too. I am sure my husband and son will appreciate me saying that. ? My grandma and I just had a special relationship that I will cherish until the day I die. I still miss my grandparents so very much.
Every time I make this dessert for breakfast bread I remember being young and staying at their farm. I always end up with the biggest smile on my face. Usually for the entire day.
This bread is terrific as it is or with small treats stuffed inside it. She made it both ways and like her, it is always a surprise to everyone else whether or not I include surprises as well.
I remember Patrick asking if there were treats inside each roll while they were baking and I used to tell him the same thing my grandma used to tell me.
“It wouldn’t be a surprise if I told you so you will have to wait and see!” That, at times, would drive me crazy when I was young but she was correct. I always loved the surprise.
This is terrible but I also enjoyed paying it forward sort of with my son. He was tortured waiting to see what surprises were in store for him and that put a smile on my face. I knew exactly what he was going through and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Also, sometimes when she made these rolls she would skip a roll or miss one or two or three! This was fun too because we all wanted to see if we were lucky enough to get one with a surprise inside!
My grandma had fun. I’m sure she did because we had a blast. Best memories ever. Now back to this AWESOME bread.
I always look a this bread as a dessert for breakfast. Kind of like having breakfast for dinner. Totally a treat.
One of the best things about this wonderful dessert bread is how many options you really have when making it. This is such a versatile recipe. Literally, one surprise after another. ?
Sometimes my grandmother would use raisins throughout the dough and sprinkle some on top, with everything else, as well. She has done the same with chocolate chips as well.
My favorite used to be when she used chocolate chips and raisins throughout it.
I loved it when she made cookies with both as well. Maybe I am strange but I always loved the combination of chocolate chips and raisins. Likely because of her! Anyone else enjoy that combination? Regardless, back to this amazing dessert bread!
If you decide to try making your bread with treats throughout the bread just add your raisins and/or chocolate chips after you add the remaining 2 cups of flour and work them in by hand in the bowl you are using.
If not, the dessert bread still tastes great with everything sprinkled all over the top.
Quick Bread for Breakfast
Now a days I love to make this quick bread fresh, for breakfast, every chance I get! I just love the house smelling of fresh bread, especially in the morning. It totally reminds me of my grandma, even after so many years.
If you are looking to make a bread that is done in minutes then this recipe is not for you. I wish it was possible to have this amazing dessert bread made in minutes but unfortunately all good things come to those who wait.
With this recipe you will definitely be glad you waited. I always am.
I believe you won’t find a quicker loaf of real bread anywhere!
The Best Honey Butter
I usually serve this breakfast pull apart bread with butter, jam, flavored cream cheese, honey, or HONEY BUTTER! All I can say about the honey butter is WOW!
I wish my grandma could have tried this butter. She used honey and she used butter, but never blended or whipped together. Doing that never occurred to any of us back then.
She would have laughed and enjoyed making and eating the butter as much as we do.
I hope you consider trying honey butter on top of these at least once. Especially while they are warm, right out of the oven. Oh so good. This is how you make it. You have 2 options.
I have included our first and second versions of this recipe. The first is whipped and uses half of the honey we used in our newer version. I have listed the second version first.
I did this because this is the version we usually make now. It takes less effort and my husband thinks he has won the lottery because he doesn’t have to rinse the hand blender beaters afterwards.
I have to mention we have a dishwasher because that makes his not wanting to quickly rinse or even soak the beaters even funnier.
He prefers to just use a fork.
He never rinses the fork and generally just puts it into the cutlery holder inside the dishwasher. Not sure why he won’t just do that with the beaters too, but then he is the one who makes the butter, more often than not, so I figure I will never know for sure.
Honey Butter Recipe (2nd)
Using a fork, blend ingredients together in a small bowl until incorporated. Serve.
This honey butter also tastes great on muffins, biscuits, vegetables, corn and pancakes.
Whipped Honey Butter Recipe (1st)
If you have ever been to a Marie Callender’s restaurant, this whipped honey butter will taste familiar. This is the recipe we started with and it uses less honey.
Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat butter until smooth, about a minute.
Beat until blended, about 30 more seconds.
Turn mixer up to high and whip until fluffy, between 2 and 3 minutes, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed.
Breakfast Pull Apart Bread
This might not be the the kind of pull apart bread you were expecting but I believe it is one of the original breakfast pull apart bread recipes from so many years ago. ?
I know that isn’t likely true. She didn’t create the first pull apart bread recipe.
If my grandmother had access to some of the products we have now, way back then, I know she would be having a blast creating new recipes for us all to try first thing in the morning!
I make a breakfast pull apart bread myself with eggs, bacon, sausage and some vegetables that I always intended to put on this site but just haven’t got around to it yet.
Maybe now I will. Especially now that I have mentioned it to all of you! Until then, this breakfast pull apart bread will have to do!
Breakfast Breads and Pastries
I also want to mention two things. I distinctly remember her including chocolate chips when she made us this recipe, even though it is not on the original handwritten one I have, and I remember her making this with frozen bread rolls too.
I am not sure if it was her dough or store bought. My mother thinks it was her dough because she regularly froze her dough, but isn’t totally sure.
My grandmother used to place the frozen bread rolls in a large baking pan that I believe was a 13 x 9 inch pan. I know it held all of the rolls.
She covered the rolls with all of the ingredients she was using and lastly a clean, damp, dish towel on top of the pan for the night.
In the morning she would remove the towel and throw the pan in the oven to bake covered with everything. Served all by themselves or with fresh jam or honey these delicious sweet morning buns never disappoint!
Dessert Bread Recipes with Yeast
I love to start any day with the smell of bread baking in the air and the only way I have found to do that is to make dessert bread recipes with yeast.
All of my bread recipes require yeast, including my dessert or breakfast breads. I know they take time to make but they are all definitely worth the effort!
Ingredients in the Best Breakfast Bread Recipe
- warm milk
- active dry yeast
- brown sugar
- instant vanilla pudding powder
- chocolate chips
- cooking spray
How to make Grandma’s Surprise Breakfast Dessert Bread
In a large bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer, combine milk, salt, sugar, eggs, yeast and oil.
Add 4 cups of flour and beat hard with your mixer.
Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and work in by hand in the bowl.
Let rise for 15 minutes.
Punch down in the center and let rise 15 minutes more.
Prepare a 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
My grandmother also used a bundt pan to make this recipe, definitely a nice change!
If Stuffing Rolls
Form your dough into balls, flatten one ball at a time (keep the other balls covered with a tea towel) in the palm of your hand, pulling and stretching with your fingers.
Fill with preferred filling (1 heaping tablespoon or so of Chocolate Covered Caramels, Caramels, Jam or Jelly, Nutella, Chocolate Chips or Chunks or anything else you can think of!)
Seal edges together and gently form back into a ball, making sure your edges are totally sealed up so there is no leaking during baking and place seam side down in your prepared pan.
If Not Stuffing Rolls
Make rolls and place them in your prepared pan.
Sprinkle with brown sugar, instant pudding, raisins, chocolate and nuts.
We always try to make sure there is a little bit of something on everything, if you know what I mean?
Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Pour melted butter all over.
Cover with clean, damp cloth and let them rise until they have doubled roughly in size.
When you are ready to bake them preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Let stand for between 5 and 10 minutes.
Make Honey Butter, if desired or serve with jam, butter, flavored cream cheese or nothing at all!
Serve directly from your baking pan. Enjoy!
I just love baking bread with yeast, especially the way the house smalls while baking and trying a piece almost too hot to eat, or warm out of the oven.
Breakfast Breads List
Brazilian Cheese Bread (Gluten Free)
Grandma's Surprise Breakfast Dessert Bread
- 13 x 9 inch cake pan
- 3 cups warm milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 packages active-dry yeast
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 6 cups all purpose flour, divided plus ½ - 1 cup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 package (3 ½ oz) vanilla instant pudding powder
- ¾ cup raisins
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- ¾ cup nuts
- ½ - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- cooking spray
- ¼ cup salted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons honey
Whipped Honey Butter
- ½ cup salted butter, softened or 1 stick
- 2 tablespoons honey
- In a large bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer, combine milk, salt, sugar, eggs, yeast and oil.
- Add 4 cups of flour and beat hard with your mixer.
- Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and work in by hand in the bowl.
- If you decide to try making your bread with raisins or chocolate chips or whatever inside the dough this is the time to add it. Try your best to evenly distribute it throughout as you are kneading with your hands.
- Let rise for 15 minutes.
- Punch down in the center and let rise 15 minutes more.
- Prepare a 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside. My grandmother also used a bundt pan to make this recipe, definitely a nice change!
- Make rolls.
If Stuffing Your Rolls
- Form your dough into balls, flatten one ball at a time in the palm of your hand, pulling and stretching your dough gently with your fingers.
- Fill with preferred filling (1 heaping tablespoon or so of Chocolate Covered Caramels, Caramels, Jam or Jelly, Nutella, Chocolate Chips or Chunks)
- Seal edges together and gently form back into a ball, making sure your edges are totally sealed up so no leaking occurs during baking and place seam side down in your prepared pan.
If Not Stuffing
- Place rolls in your prepared pan.
- Sprinkle with brown sugar, instant pudding, raisins, chocolate and nuts. We always try to make sure there is a little bit of something on everything, if you know what I mean?
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
- Pour melted butter all over.
- Cover with clean, damp cloth and let them rise until they have doubled roughly in size.
- When you are ready to bake them preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let stand for between 5 and 10 minutes.
- Serve directly from your baking pan. Enjoy!
- I usually serve this breakfast pull apart bread with butter, jam, flavored cream cheese, honey, or HONEY BUTTER!!!!
- Using a fork, blend ingredients together in a small bowl until incorporated. Serve.
- This honey butter also tastes great on muffins, biscuits, vegetables, corn and pancakes.
Whipped Honey Butter
- If you have ever been to a Marie Callender's restaurant, this whipped honey butter will taste familiar. This is the recipe we started with and it uses less honey.
- Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat butter until smooth, about a minute. Add honey. Beat until blended, about 30 seconds. Turn mixer up to high and whip until fluffy, between 2 and 3 minutes, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed.