Orly's Gluten Free Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Challah

This recipe makes 2 loaves or 20 rolls.  You can also make two round pull apart challahs by batching 10 rolls into a round cake pan.  Challah freezes beautifully—you can freeze a loaf whole, or slice it and then freeze it for toast or French toast.

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3/4 cup plus 1/3 cups (250 grams) Cool room-temperature water
7 grams (one packet) active dry yeast
500 grams (3 ½ cups) Manhattan Blend plus extra for shaping
1 Large egg
50 grams (1/2 cup) Granulated sugar
8 grams (1 ½ tsp) Fine salt
8 grams (1 1/2 tsp) baking powder
37 grams (2 ½ tablespoons) Sunflower oil or canola oil

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

60 grams (1/2 stick plus 1 Tbsp) Unsalted Butter or Margarine
45 grams (1/4 cup, packed) Dark Brown Sugar
30 grams (2 ½ Tbsp) Granulated Sugar
½  tsp Ground cinnamon

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Heat: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).   Spray the insides of 2 round baking pan.  

Mix: In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, yeast and water.  Let sit for about 5 minutes.  Add egg, sugar, oil and mix together.  In a separate bowl, mix together Manhattan Blend, baking powder and salt.  Add the dry flour mixture into the mixing bowl and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes. The dough should feel soft and slightly sticky, but not like a batter.  Add more flour if the dough is too wet. 

Shape and Proof:  Scoop up some dough with a large ice cream scoop and wipe on the side of the bowl to flatten. Release dough 10 dough balls into each of your pre-greased pans. Let sit in a warm and moist area for 45 min-1 hr covered with a warm wet towel to let the dough rise. I like to set my oven to warming mode (about 90-100 degrees F or 40 degrees C.

While the dough is rising, make your cinnamon sugar topping.  Mix together melted butter, dark brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon until it becomes a thick liquid.

Bake: Pour the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the challah to coat.  Bake the the challah for approximately 35 minutes, or until the color is a golden brown, the outside is crispy, and your kitchen smells like Cinnabun!