Thursday, August 11, 2011

Monkey Bread

So theres nothing I love MORE than a fresh baked monkey bread! It has become our typical Christmas morning breakfast but sometimes...I just cant wait until then!
I take a tiny cheat and use the bread machine for my dough but the outcome blows any "canned biscuit" recipe out of the water!
It's beyond simple and for anyone who has a bread machine PLEASE try this recipe! (Just make sure you devote a good 3-4 hours for this recipe... long wait? WORTH IT!)

Basic Monkey Bread Dough:
    1 c. warm milk 1 1/4 t. salt 1 large egg 1/4 cup butter, softened 3 tablespoons sugar 3 1/2 cups unbleached flour + 1-2 tablespoons if needed 2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast


Dump all ingredients into bread machine in order listed. Select dough cycle and start (easy right???)

After dough is complete dump onto floured service and press down. Roll out the dough until around 3/4" thick. (this is the fun part) DO NOT roll in balls. No perfect 1"x1" squares. Take your pizza cutter and slice dough into about 1" diamonds or squares.

Now I take a large plastic bag and fill with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix to combine. Place monkey bread piece into the bag, close and shake to cover dough pieces completely.

Lay dough pieces, rather haphazardly, into a bundt pan and vary layers with nuts (if you like, my favorite is pecans!) At this point you need to cover the dough and let rise, until doubled, around 30 mins more!

One more step (you're almost there!!): In a microwaveable safe bowl combine 1 cup packed brown sugar and 3/4 cup melted butter (or that margarine stuff) until it has the consistency of caramel. Pour over the dough (sometimes I even mix nuts into my caramel as we cant get enough in our NUTTY household)
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cover with foil in last 15 minutes to keep top from overbrowning.

Let cool slightly (if you can wait that long) and ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY!!!!!!

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