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Monkey Bread

A delicious egg less and rich bread dough that is shaped into bite sized pieces , drenched in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking. This is fun dessert bun recipe to make with kids. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 50 mins
Course: Baking, Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 360kcal

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer
  • Oven
  • Bundt Cake Pan

Ingredients

To Make the Dough -

  • 3 ½ cups All Purpose flour plus a little more for dusting
  • ¼ cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 ¼ tsp Instant yeast one package
  • 1 cup Warm milk
  • cup Warm water
  • 2 tbsp Butter melted + 2 Tbsp (softened)

To make the Cinnamon sugar coating -

  • 6 tbsp Butter melted
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Light brown sugar

To Make the Glaze

  • ¾ cup Confectionery sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk

Instructions

To Make the Dough -

  • In the bowl of the stand mixer, combine the flour, instant yeast, sugar and salt. If kneading by hand, use a large bowl to make the dough. Whisk the mixture and then make a hole in the middle.
  • In a measuring cup, measure the milk and water. Make sure that the temperature of the milk and water is warm to proof the dough. (about 110 F).
  • Melt the butter and add it to the wet ingredients.
  • Now add this mixture to the well made in the flour and run the mixer with the dough hook attached on low. Once the dough starts to form, turn the mixer on to medium speed and knead the dough for about 8 to 10 minutes.  If kneading by hand, mix the mixture using a wooden spoon and then use your hands to knead until the dough is soft and elastic (about 10 to 15 minutes).
  • If the dough appears too wet, sprinkle some flour and continue to knead.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and then place in a greased bowl to proof. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and then a kitchen cloth and leave it in a warm place for about 60 to 80 minutes or until it doubles in volume.

To shape the bread -

  • When the dough is proofing, melt the butter in a bowl and keep it aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the brown sugar and the cinnamon and keep it ready.
  • Grease a bundt pan liberally with softened butter.
  • Once the dough has doubled, punch it down and gently pat it into a 8 by 8 square.
  • Using a dough scraper or a knife, cut the dough horizontally and vertically, 8 times. This will give us 64 pieces of dough.
  • Roll each piece of dough into a rough ball. Dip it into melted butter and then coat it with the cinnamon sugar and then place it in the greased pan. I dropped about 5 pieces of dough into the butter and then transferred it into the sugar mixture and then arranged it in the pan. Make sure that the dough is close to each and touching each other.
  • Finish all the pieces of dough and if there is any more cinnamon sugar left, sprinkle it on top of the dough.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and then a kitchen towel and let it rise again until the dough is puffy and has risen about 1 inch from the top of the pan (about an hour).

Baking the Bread -

  • When the dough is rising for the second time, towards the end, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Once the dough has risen, place it in the preheated oven and let it bake for about 25 - 35 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and the sugar is bubbling. Mine took about 30 minutes to bake.
  • When the bread is baking, prepare the glaze by whisking together the confectionery sugar and milk.
  • Once the bread has come out of the oven, let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Slowly invert it on to the serving platter and let it cool for 10 more minutes.
  • Drizzle the glaze evenly over the cooled bread and enjoy!
  • The bread stores well outside for couple of days and then it can be refrigerated. The left over bread can be slightly warmed in the microwave and it softens up instantly and tastes great.

Notes

Expert tips and FAQ's 

  • A stand mixer really helps in kneading the dough. If kneading by hand, make sure to knead the dough until soft and elastic. 
  • After the dough rises and is ready to be shaped, get help from the little helpers in your house.
  • Make as many tiny balls as possible. What helped me was flattening the dough out a bit and using a sharp knife or a bench scraper to evenly divide the dough into similar sized pieces. 
  • Drench them liberally in melted butter and then coat them with the sugar mixture.
  • There is a simple sugar glaze that I drizzled over the bread. This is completely optional. The bread was sweet enough without the glaze and did not need any more sweetness. The sugar glaze added a nice look to the bread and the boys really enjoyed licking it.

Variations of the Monkey Bread

  • We can make savory version of the monkey bread. My favorite that I have made is Garlic flavored pull apart bread. I used a loaf pan to bake it, but can be baked in a bundt pan as well. 
  • Herb and cheese pull apart bread is so delicious and works really well using the same bread dough and added flavors. 
  • If not a cinnamon lover, skip the cinnamon and use just butter and brown sugar. 

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 3mg