Let’s hear it for cinnapineapanana!

Cinnapineapanana – wha…?

That would be cinnamon + pineapple + banana, all wrapped up in a tender, rich yeast dough. Topped with crunchy sugar, and baked to golden perfection.

This delightful bread was created by Ricardo Neves Gonzalez, a Brazilian bakery owner and regular contributor to the comments section of this blog. Way back at Christmas, Ricardo sent me photographs of an unusual-looking bread, which he called Jewish Strudel.

Ricardo explained that he makes challah dough, then tops it with different sweet fillings; the photo he sent looked like banana and cinnamon, though I seem to recall he also mentioned mango, as well…

It appeared from the photo that he rolled out the dough, and simply gave it a 3-fold like a letter, with different fillings in the two layers of the fold. He then baked the loaf in an oversized baguette-type pan – like a baguette pan designed for wider, fatter Italian bread.

Rich, golden, eggy challah dough. Tropical fruits nestled inside. And the whole bathed in cinnamon – why had I never thought of filling yeast bread with bananas and cinnamon? I’m on this.

And I was – almost immediately. The challah dough was easy. And tropical fruits? Well, bananas are a must. But I felt uneasy putting anything too juicy within the folds of this rich dough, imagining a lovely golden exterior, but a soggy mess in the center.

OK, DRIED tropical fruit.

Dried pineapple and banana? Perfect. Dried mango would have been awesome, too. Or coconut, now that I think of it. But cinnamon and pineapple and banana were speaking to me that day, and thus a star was born –

Cinnapineapanana bread!

A.k.a. Jewish Strudel.

OK, forget the name. Let’s just bake Ricardo’s bread.

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Put the following ingredients in a mixing bowl:

1/2 cup to 2/3 cup lukewarm water*
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk, white reserved for topping
4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast

*Use the greater amount in winter or in a dry climate; the lesser amount in summer or a humid climate.

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Mix everything together to make a very soft dough.

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Scrape down the sides of the bowl, gathering the sticky dough in the middle…

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…then knead, using the dough hook, for about 7 minutes. As you can see in the picture, the dough will stay fairly sticky.

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Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl or large measuring cup, and cover it.

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Let it rise for 2 hours or so, till it’s definitely puffy, but probably not doubled in bulk.

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Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Pat it into a rough rectangle about 10” wide.

Next, the filling.

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Combine 3/4 cup Baker’s Cinnamon Filling with 3 tablespoons water.

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Stir to make a rich, sticky, intensely cinnamon-y filling.

And now, a word from our sponsors. Yes, I love Baker’s Cinnamon Filling. Yes, I’m giving you the hard sell here. PLEASE try it; you’ll never go back to plain cinnamon-sugar again.

And – if you don’t have Baker’s Cinnamon Filling and want to make this loaf RIGHT NOW, go ahead and use plain cinnamon-sugar. Mix it with some melted butter, if you like, to make it spreadable. It won’t be as cinnamon-y, or as sticky/rich, but it’ll work OK.

Pat and roll the dough into a rectangle about 18” x 14”.

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Looking at the dough horizontally (so it’s 18” wide), spread half the filling down the center third of the dough.

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Slice two bananas into about 12 rounds each. Space the slices atop the filling.

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Fold one of the end pieces into the center to cover the bananas and filling.

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Spread the remaining filling atop the piece of dough you’ve just folded into the center.

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Sprinkle 2/3 cup diced dried pineapple over the filling.

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If you don’t have dried pineapple, use another dried fruit; golden raisins would be fine. So would dried coconut flakes. You don’t want to use any juicy fresh fruit, e.g., berries, apples, peaches, etc.; they’d make the loaf soggy.

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Fold the other side of the dough over the filling to cover it.

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Pull the long side seam underneath, and tuck each end underneath, too. You should have a long, flat log with no filling showing.

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Use a sharp knife or a pair of scissors to cut 4 diagonal slashes atop the loaf, going deep enough to cut through both layers of dough: top, and middle.

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This will allow steam to escape.

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Brush the loaf with the reserved egg white, which you’ve whisked with a fork to make spreadable.

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Now you have a choice: sprinkle the loaf with coarse white sparkling sugar, or coarse brown Demerara.

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OK, I’ll try some of each, see what happens.

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Cover the loaf gently with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow it to rest for 1 hour. It won’t rise much, if at all.

Towards the end of the resting period, preheat the oven to 375°F.

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Bake the loaf in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes. Tent with foil, and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, till it’s golden brown and a sharp knife poked into the center doesn’t reveal any raw dough.

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Remove the loaf from the oven, and set it on a rack to cool.

Notice the Demerara sugar at the top, the white down below. I think the white looks more striking, in this case.

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Lovely. See how those dried pineapple bits softened up in the cinnamon filling?

Since the loaf didn’t seem to change any during its 1-hour rise prior to baking, I thought I’d do a test to  see if it really made any difference.

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Here’s the loaf I let rise. Notice the two distinct layers of dough with filling in between. (I happened to cut at one of the slash marks, which is why the top of the loaf appears open.)

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Here’s the loaf I didn’t let rise. Although the outer edges of the dough were fine, in the center it simply became a thin, wet, gummy layer. So don’t skip the rise before baking, OK?

So, Ricardo, here’s your Jewish Strudel – at last. Thanks for your patience.

But then, anything this good is worth waiting for, right?

Read, rate, and review (please) our recipe for Brazilian Sweet Bread.

PJ Hamel
About

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!

comments

  1. sharon

    Hello PJ,
    Well, I finally got around to making Ricardo’s strudel and it was a sweet victory, thanks to your detailed instructions. You can read about it in my blog at http://www.sotsil.wordpress.com
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be making it again and again. The strudel was humongous, and it did rise after I proofed it for 2 hours 15 minutes. I should have made 2 strudles instead of 1 giant one. Delightful taste.

    WOW, that did make a buxom bread, didn’t it? Glad you liked it, Sharon – thanks for sharing your blogpost with us. PJH

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  2. Lorraine

    I tried this recipe almost exactly but changed a few things. The first round of fillings I left as is. The second layer I didn’t have dried pineapple but did have a large can of unsweetened crushed pineaple in which I drained it to almost dry (like you do for spinach). Extracted about 12 oz. of juice. Spread it out after the cinnamon filling and added a couple of handfuls of chopped macadamia nuts.

    After folding and brushing with egg white, I sprinkled the coarse sparkling sugar but added a tad of large flaked coconut. When I took the bread out of the oven, I let it cool a bit and sliced a section about the middle of the loaf. The fillings didn’t get soggy but the taste was just great. The family loved the combination of flavorings.

    Mucho thanks to you and Ricardo for a great sweet.

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  3. LB

    Wow! This bread looks amazing. I’ve never seen this before, thanks for passing along the recipe. I can’t wait to make this!

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  4. Dave

    I just made this bread and was most pleased with it. I did find that the cooking time given was a bit too long (at least for my oven), although it was still moist and tasty. I used the tinfoil tent for the last 20 minutes as indicated, but the bottom did get a bit crusty. Maybe I’ll double pan it for the next time. This is definitely a keeper, and will go into my “tried and true” recipes.

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  5. Lori

    I made this yesterday and it was amazing! I have never made anything like this before and it was much easier than I imagined it would be. I used raisins in place of the pineapple because my family doesn’t like pineapple and cinnamon sugar and butter in place of the cinnamon filling and it was still really good. Mine baked very quickly and burnt quite a bit on the bottom, so next time I will watch it closely and do a better job with the foil, but I’m definitely excited about trying this one again and experimenting with different fillings. Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Joanie

    I made the bread last night and my family was crazy about it. It was about 8″wide and a good 14″ LONG. the flavor was unbelievable. What I did was use dried pineapple, mango and papaya together. I will be making this on the holidays and for special people. almost all gone and will try other flavors. I liked Ricardo’s idea of fig with dried fig and strawberry jam. Keep up the good work guys. Ciao

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  7. Marliss

    Would this bread fit into the “hearth pan” that KA used to sell? My rye breads have had a lovely shape and height since I started using those pans. We haven’t tried it in that pan, but it should fit as it is a 2 pound loaf. Have fun with it. Mary@KAF

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  8. Jill

    I made this yesterday, and oh WOW. Yummy! I do have a few suggestions, though. I didn’t have enough white flour, so I ended up having to substitute white whole wheat flour for 10 oz of the white flour. It STILL came out yummy! I also recommend using over-ripe bananas. I had fresh just-yellow bananas on hand, and while they tasted good, they didn’t get all smooshy. I think if I had to do it over with the same bananas I’d slice them much thinner (1/8″) and put way more of them on.

    The Baker’s Cinnamon Filling is on my shopping list from KAF, but since I didn’t have any on-hand I used a combination of white sugar, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Yum!

    Two questions, though. The loaf browned REALLY quickly — could that be from the white whole wheat flour, or is that just the nature of a rich bread? Also, how do you keep the filling from oozing out all over the place? I thought I had made the seal really well but I had a lot of leakage. Glad you liked the recipe. The white whole wheat wouldn’t make it brown faster. That is just a trait of a rich dough. Try covering with foil for the last few minutes to keep it from getting it too brown. The Baker’s cinnamon filling has some food starch in it which helps keep the filling from oozing out. Mary@ KAF

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  9. Elizabeth

    I made this recipe last night. Wow. Not only was it a blast to make, but it turned out beautifully and my husband couldn’t keep his hands off it while it was cooling on the counter. The only thing I had trouble with was the bake time; my loaf cooked for about 15 minutes less than the recipe’s cook time, and it burned on the bottom (but cooked great in the middle). I suspect there should have been some parchment paper between the loaf and the pan… Otherwise, great recipe! And so yummy!!

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  10. Bob

    Made it yesterday, along with cinnamon bread and the classic white bread. The sweet bread turned out great(so did the cinnamon and white bread.) I cut the banana length wise to get a better coverage and sprinkled a little sugar on top. I also put a little mist on the pineapple. The sweet bread is already 3/4 gone.

    Thanks for the great recipes!!

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