Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart BreadApricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread

“Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.” – Voltaire

As a self-proclaimed “hoarder of condiments”, I often find myself with an overabundant load of jams, chutneys and marmalade’s that messily spill all over my kitchen shelves. At any given time, it’s safe to assume that there will be more than a few jars of these half-opened goodies in my fridge too. And at the moment, the situation is more than a little out of control.

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread

A recent Adelaide inter-state trip brought this all to a head. Australia has such an incredible variety of gourmet produce and products, ranging in exciting flavours, ingredients and combinations – that it was hard not to pick up more jams, marmalades and chutneys than needed…as is the usual case with me, eyes often bigger than appetite, or in this case, shelve space.

Which leads me to this little loaf, which I whipped up last weekend, in an effort to use the last of the apricot marmalade I had tucked away in the back of the fridge.

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart BreadApricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread is full of warmth, sweet flavour and bright colour. A rich buttermilk bread dough is painted in melted butter, slathered in sticky apricot marmalade and then filled with diced apricot pieces, which slightly plump up during baking with buttery and sticky marmalade juice. Small culinary lavender buds are also scattered then wrapped up throughout the dough, though the addition is subtle enough not to over-power nor over-whelm the palette.

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread

The dough is then sliced, stacked and baked…which scents the home with the most comforting and sweet aroma. When the bread emerges, it is then drowned in a sticky apricot and lavender glaze which soaks deeply into every nook and cranny, deliciously moistening each pillowy soft fold.

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart BreadApricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread

Like any sweet bread, this loaf is tastiest on the day it is made, but you can keep it around wrapped up tightly for a day or two (if it even lasts that long). I can also say with good authority that it’s great toasted for breakfast too. It’s basically your usual morning toast and marmalade all in one.

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread holds warmth, brightness and comfort within each layer. This recipe is a special one, that should not be missed nor fail to be shared. You will find yourself saying just one more slice after devouring your first. It’s that good.

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart BreadApricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread
For the Dough:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • .25 oz. / 7 g sachet active dry yeast
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
For the Filling:
  • ½ cup apricot marmalade
  • 1 tsp. culinary lavender buds
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
For the Glaze:
  • 1 tbsp. apricot marmalade
  • ½ tsp. culinary lavender buds
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. water
  1. For the dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment combine 2 cups of the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the buttermilk and butter and heat until the butter has just melted. Remove the pan from the heat and add ¼ cup of water and the vanilla. Let the mixture cool to lukewarm temperature or 115-125 F / 45-50 C.
  3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and combine on medium-low speed for 1-2 minutes until just combined. Add the eggs then increase the speed to medium and combine for 5-6 minutes to bring it together. Stop the mixer, scrape down the entire bowl then add the remaining 1 cup of flour. Mix for 3-4 more minutes, or until a smooth, elastic and sticky dough has formed.
  4. Transfer the dough to a large well-greased bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. If you’d like to bake off the bread the next morning, refrigerate the risen dough overnight. The next morning, let the dough rest on the counter for 30 minutes before continuing.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the filling by heating the marmalade and lavender in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer before removing from the heat and letting cool to room temperature before use.
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F / 170 C. Grease and line a 9x5 inch / 22x12 centimeter loaf pan then set aside.
  7. After the dough has risen, dump it onto a floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll it into a 12-inch-wide by 20-inch-long / 30-centimeter wide by 50-centimeter long rectangle. Brush the melted butter on the dough followed by the cooled apricot and lavender marmalade then sprinkle with apricot pieces.
  8. Slice the dough vertically into 6 equal strips. Stack the strips on top of one another and slice the stack crosswise into 6 equal slices. You’ll have 6 stacks of 6 squares. Stack the dough squares into the loaf pan then cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size, about 45 minutes, then bake until the top is very golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes.
  9. While the loaf bakes, make the glaze. Heat the marmalade, lavender, lemon juice and water in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat until smooth and pourable in consistency. Once the loaf is baked, pour the glaze immediately over its top then let cool in the tin for 20 to 30 minutes before inverting and serving.

Apricot and Lavender Marmalade Pull-Apart Bread


  • Reply Nagi@RecipeTinEats March 10, 2016 at 1:06 am

    This looks so good! I can’t stop myself from looking at it! Apricot and lavender sounds perfect!

  • Reply FoodGeekGraze November 25, 2015 at 7:53 am

    this sentence… “a rich buttermilk bread dough is painted in melted butter, slathered in sticky apricot marmalade, then filled with diced apricot pieces which slightly plump up during baking with buttery and sticky marmalade juice”… is like food porn in type. while the peanut butter cookie grab was to check out and see if it would be a good fit in my future holiday shares, this apricot yummy is for me. soon. like, tomorrow 🙂

  • Reply Kelsey W August 7, 2015 at 12:40 am

    WOW. Just made this, followed the instructions exactly, and there are no words. Baked this morning, 3/4 gone this afternoon. (oops)

  • Reply lindsay July 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    i can’t stop looking at this loaf.. I mean, the flavor alone is amazing, but that pull apart goodness.. WOW! P.S i am a hoarder of all condiments too! we should have a party!

  • Reply Yvonne [Tried and Tasty] July 28, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I LOVE a good pull apart bread and this one is absolutely GORGEOUS! I want to dive right in!

  • Reply Maresa July 28, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I am a condiment hoarder too! And I also end up with waaay too many homemade canned condiments (jams, pestos, spreads) in my fridge. I love lavender-flavoured anything, so am definitely filing this recipe away.

  • Reply Natalie Tamara July 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    This looks so good, I love the sound of apricot and lavender together. I couldn’t imagine this lasting long in my kitchen, especially being so easy to pinch “just one last slice” 😉

  • Reply Waylon Carpenter July 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Are you the baking queen? Cause’ ladies here seem really fond of you. I’m not a very good baker. But my girlfriend, she seems like one of your fans. Whenever she’s on her laptop, she always on your blog. The other day i saw her with this recipe. I swear, she’s crazy in love with this. So i decided to make it for her. Just need a little help if anything happen during the “baking process”. Hope you don’t mind come for the rescue. Haha.

  • Reply Ludmilla July 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Thalia!!
    Apricot and lavender… What a perfect combination!!!

  • Reply Tiffany July 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    This looks so, so good. Def making it this weekend!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes July 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    could this BE more gorgeous?! love the simple & straight forward presentation, keeps the focus on this absolutely stunning bread, and yes I totally relate to hoarding jam 😉

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl July 20, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Another stunning recipe. I can’t get over how good this sounds! I love lavender and it is especially wonderful with apricot

  • Reply Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven July 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Well I seriously cannot stop drooling over here over all that pull-apart-y marmalade goodness! This bread is absolutely GORGEOUS, Thaila! Seriously craving the whole loaf right now! 😉

  • Reply Rachel @ Simple Seasonal July 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I just want to pinch a piece of this right off of the screen. It looks so beautiful and full of flavor!

  • Reply Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder July 19, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Goodness these look like a pillow of clouds indeed. I’m so impressed by the fluffiness and the lavender and apricot combo sounds divine. Great job 🙂

  • Reply CakeWhiz July 19, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Wow! That’s just gorgeous!

  • Reply Hannah | The Swirling Spoon July 19, 2015 at 12:30 am

    What a genius idea haha! It’s kind of like fancy toast ^_^
    I can’t resist fancy food in jars either! Radelaide looks awesome from your insta pics!

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist July 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    This looks amazingly good and I can completely relate to your condiment hoarding habits! I love these photos. I also loved reading your about page. I am in complete accord with you regarding the power baking has, both in experiencing a greater degree of peace and well-being for myself and in creating joy and wellness for those I love. My baking adventures and passion started after watching the movie Waitress with Keri Russell. I think you would love the film.

  • Reply Paul July 18, 2015 at 7:00 am

    apricot + lavender = heaven! I bet this smells as good as it looks, too!

  • Reply Sara July 18, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Wow, this looks incredible! I always have a few flavors of jam lying around too, mostly because my kids are addicted to almond butter and jelly sandwiches. I’ll have to try making this bread for them!

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways July 18, 2015 at 5:26 am

    “Jam hoarder” sounds great hehe. Great photos, as usual. Love the lines in that loaf, they look so alive and up for grabs!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Reply Beverley @ sweaty&fit July 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    i gotta say you KILLED it on this recipe. everything about it looks insanely wonderful. i really want to make this, but im highly concerned its not going to look 1/4 as good as yours

  • Reply Kate July 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    This bread looks too good to be true! And the photos are gorgeous as usual. 🙂

  • Reply Meghan July 17, 2015 at 2:07 am

    What a gorgeous loaf! Love the apricot lavender combination!

  • Reply Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks July 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    This looks complicated, but like a fun afternoon activity!

  • Reply Hannah Hossack-Lodge July 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I think that this may be one of the most beautiful pull-apart breads I have ever seen! And the dough looks so soft and delicious…there’s a jar of marmalade in the cupboard calling my name…!

  • Reply Cathy July 16, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I just want to say I love your blog name and logo! It’s so chic. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous too btw 🙂

  • Reply mjskitchen July 16, 2015 at 2:47 am

    You had me at the Apricot and Lavender marmalade then I saw the bread. WOW! You really out did yourself with this one. I simple adore sweet breads, especially breads that incorporate jams or marmalades. Absolutely fabulous bread!!!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 16, 2015 at 1:15 am

    The bread looks fantastic, Thalia! Such a wonderful combination! I love the apricot and lavender flavors!

  • Reply Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom July 15, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I am the same way. . I feel like 60% of my fridge is condiments . . so yes, I always find “surprises” hidden at the back of the fridge every now and then. I love Bonne Maman’s apricot marmalade . . one of my faves!!! Gorgeous pull apart bread!!!!

  • Reply Consuelo | Honey & Figs July 15, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    This looks so fluffy and soft it’s like a dream, almost! I can only imagine how good that apricot and lavender marmalade must make it! And your shots are beautiful! x

  • Reply Alexa @ Sweet Little Kitchen July 15, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I’m always looking for good lavender recipes, so this looks delightful to me. I would have never thought to combine lavender and apricot. Now, I just to find a little time to make this this upcoming weekend 🙂

  • Reply felicia | Dish by Dish July 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Thalia… this is such a gorgeous loaf! So glad to see that you’re settling well into your new home and fully making use of your new kitchen (which probably isn’t so new anymore)! You have such gorgeous photography. I think I’ve told you this a quite a few times, but it’s worth repeating. Love love love your pictures.

  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits July 15, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I’m SUCH a jam hoarder, too! Love that you were able to use the jam to make this gorgeous bread!!

  • Reply Jane @ Littlesugarsnaps July 14, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I came on here looking for your Chocolate & Hazelnut pull-apart Brioche from last November after spotting it on pinterest. Magically, you’ve posted another pull-apart bread recipe this week. It sounds equally delightful & I can’t wait for the weekend to arrive to try out one of these 2 recipes. It’s going to be a tough decision which one though.

  • Reply Ben Maclain | Havocinthekitchen July 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Did you say lavender? I mean LAVENDER? I’m on my way! Both the marmalade and bread look and sound absolutely fantastic to me. I’d love to try them both, separately and in the bread. And then the bread with the additional marmalade. Snd then repeat. Excellent job!

  • Reply Louise | Cygnet Kitchen July 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, this looks worth hoarding jam for, Thaila! What a glorious loaf, you are so clever 🙂

  • Reply Katalina @ Peas and Ponies July 14, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    oh wow this is the fanciest pull apart bread I have ever led eyes on, the flavors are so unique and beautiful, and seem to work together, I can only imagine how nice it would be to have this for a tea party. Love it and the photos are as always gorgeous!

  • Reply Emanuele @ guyslovecooking July 14, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I like how irregular and asymmetric that is. It’s a joy to look to be honest.
    Thanks for sharing:)

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery July 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I cannot imagine a better pull-apart loaf. This absolutely takes the cake for me, Thalia!

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the Baking July 14, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    You always come up with the most beautiful and creative flavors!

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) July 14, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    This is absolutely stunning. I really love the flavor combo of the apricot and lavender.

  • Reply Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble July 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Gorgeous! I’m so jealous you were in Australia. What an amazing place!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 13, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I adore pull-apart breads and these flavors are simply divine!

  • Reply Nicky July 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Fantastic recipe Thalia. I’m pinning this one to make with my little girl – she loves different jams and jellies, so I’ll think we’ll use your recipe to use up some of the half-used jars 🙂

  • Reply Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks July 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    This bread looks delicious! It was so clever to use your jam in here. I’m a complete condiment hoarder and I do the same thing with vinegars….

  • Reply Rebecca@Figs and Pigs July 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    This looks like most amazing bread ever. I also seem to collect condiments maybe I need to put some to good use too.

  • Reply Coley @ ColeyCooks.com July 13, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    AHHHH-mazing! I’ve been dying to try a pull apart bread recipe, and this one looks so good! What a unique flavor combination. I have lots of lavender coming out of my garden too. Thanks, Thalia!

  • Reply Beeta @ Mon Petit Four July 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous bread, Thalia. I’m guilty of the condiment hoarding too, especially with delicious jams. I love the entire idea of this bread and your choice in fillings. The bread looks absolutely perfect and exactly the way pull apart bread should look! Gorgeous <3

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 13, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    This bread is so lovely! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Stunning images! I love the thought of the combination of lavender and apricot. Great recipe!

  • Reply Dani Mendocha @ Styled Variety July 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Love your photography, this bread looks gorgeous! Pull-apart bread (or really bread in general) has always intimidated me, but it might just be time for me to give it a try!

  • Reply All that's Jas July 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Sounds delicious and your photos are superb! Hope your week is grand!

  • Reply Caroline @ Pass the Cocoa July 13, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Yum, this loaf looks so delicious! I love the addition of the lavender to the apricot jam (:

  • Reply Sam @ SugarSpunRun July 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Ohhhh my, Thalia, this looks amazing! I am absolutely craving this bread right now, and I don’t think I’d be able to stop myself from just eating slice after slice after slice. Absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean July 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Ah, I can already smell this baking, Thalia! The apricot and lavender alone is enough to send me into a frenzy for wanting to bake this mouthwatering pull apart bread, of which I have never made. Lavender is in full bloom here so each time I pass by, the intoxicating scent lures me in and I dream of ways I can use it in baking applications. Oh, and love the buttermilk in the dough – scrumptious! Thank you for this, Thalia!

  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood.com July 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    oh i am heading away for a weekend with friends and this is perfect to make!! plus i always have a variety of jams and marmalades… i suffer from the same affliction of condiment hoarding as you! xo

  • Reply Jessie Snyder | Faring Well July 13, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    This bread looks absolutely gorgeous! And apricots, one of my favorites. Especially in marmalade form. Seriously beautiful and scrumptious, Thalia! <3

  • Reply Mary Ann | the beach house kitchen July 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Thalia this bread looks gorgeous! Love the flavors!

  • Reply Tori@Gringalicious.com July 13, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Oh wow! You did it again, Girl! Such fabulousness!

  • Reply Chrissy July 13, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I’m a serious condiment hoarder too. Excellent solution to a serious problem!

  • Reply Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts July 13, 2015 at 10:31 am

    What a great combination!!!! Yum
    I love pull apart breads, they are always so welcoming and easy to eat 😉

    p.s I have a whole shelf in the fridge with jars of condiments/chutney and jams. Oh and then plenty of my pantry is taken up by the ones that don’t need refrigeration x

  • Reply Kankana July 13, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Smart way to use the marmalade and pull apart bread is probably one of my fav just because its so much fun to eat, and looks pretty too!

  • Reply Aimee @twiggstudios July 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Wow it looks so yummy xxx

  • Reply Adina July 13, 2015 at 7:49 am

    This looks wonderful, I can imagine making it with cherries from my cherry tree and cherry jam I still hav e from last year. I have to make place on the shelves in the cellar for the new jam batches coming soon. And I can perfectly relate to what you say about having way too many jars of stuff. I was curious and just counted the opened jars of jam, chutney, pesto, mustards and so on that I have in the fridge right now: 18. And the cellar is full of unopened jars.

  • Reply amanda July 13, 2015 at 7:28 am

    This bread is gorgeous!!!

  • Reply Meghan July 13, 2015 at 7:06 am

    This is so, so lovely, Thalia! You have such a way with desserts; always giving them the finest edge of elegance. I’ve only ever seen cinnamon sugar pull apart bread, so I’m a bit taken back (in all the best ways) by this.

    And, by the way, you’re not alone in your condiment collecting. I have a borderline obsession! xo

  • Reply Laura | Lau Sunday cooks July 13, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Omg Thalia, I just woke up and now, all what I want for breakfast is this amazing bread! Such a clever idea!
    I’ll be trying lavender and apricot in some of my recipes. I’ve never tried this combination before !

  • Reply Abby July 13, 2015 at 5:27 am

    LOVELY photos, Thalia!

  • Reply Justine July 13, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Beautiful! Inspiring! The combination of lavender and apricot sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef July 13, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Apricot and lavender sounds SO good! What a clever pull-apart bread!

  • Reply Caroline @ Shrinking Single July 13, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Oh my that looks amazing. And what a gorgeous way to use up those extra condiments. I never know quite what to do with them.

  • Reply Elaine @Flavour and Savour July 13, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Mmmm! I’ve never made a pull-apart loaf but your instructions make it seem easy to accomplish. I have an abundance of lavender in my garden, waiting for me to do something with it, so this seems like a delicious solution. Thanks for your (as always) beautiful post!

  • Reply June @ How to Philosophize with Cake July 13, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Oooh, lavender in pull apart bread? That sounds awesome! Lovely loaf 🙂

  • Reply Courtney | Fork to Belly July 13, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Holy moly this looks like a loaf from heaven! I have a small herd of jams too, this is such a great way to put them to use 🙂

  • Reply Jessica DeMay July 13, 2015 at 12:28 am

    This looks so incredible! I love the unique flavors- I’m sure it’s delicious! I have some apricot marmalade that needs to be used and I think I just found the perfect recipe 🙂

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 13, 2015 at 12:03 am

    What a delight! This flavour is lovely!

  • Reply Andrea | Cooking with a Wallflower July 12, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    This looks so amazing, Thalia. I love pull apart breads and the combination f apricot and lavender marmalade sounds so perfect for summer! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Reply Susie Gall July 12, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Hello Thalia, Oh my goodness, your bread looks and sounds amazing and I’ll be trying it soon. Like always, gorgeous photos and beautiful post. Thank you for sharing you beautiful ideas and photos.

  • Reply Adam J. Holland July 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Thank goodness for mail order websites (lavender), because I want this! It’ll have to wait until the UPS guy squeaks his brakes in front of my house, but still… Wonderful!

    • Reply thalia July 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm

      I am exactly the same Adam!

  • Reply Sabrina July 12, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    This looks delicious!

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