Thursday, December 13, 2012

Monkey Bread Recipe (Bread Machine)

For extra-special weekend mornings or just because you're craving something warm, gooey and oh-so-sweet, you must indulge in this Monkey Bread. I had previously experienced the traditional version of Monkey Bread which included pre-made biscuit dough. That form of this sweet treat was certainly delicious, but I wanted to try my hand at the from-scratch method. I kept it slightly more simple by using a bread machine dough cycle rather than making the dough by hand. win-win, I say. :)

The lovely loaf was devoured quickly. I recommend pulling apart each piece with your fingers. None of this "fork" stuff for Monkey Bread. ;)


Monkey Bread Recipe (Bread Machine)

for the dough
1 cup water
2 Tbsp margarine or butter, softened
1 egg
3-1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt

for coating
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 egg plus 1-2 Tbsp water, beaten

for glaze
1/2 butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine first 7 ingredients in your bread machine pan and select the "dough" setting. (This should take approximately 1-1/2 hours.)

When the dough cycle is complete, roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface creating an 8x8 inch square. Use a large knife or a bench scraper to cut the dough into 64 equal pieces.

Prepare a bundt pan by coating it lightly in shortening. 

Stir together sugar & cinnamon in a cereal bowl and in a separate bowl beat together egg with water. Lightly brush the dough squares with the egg, then take one piece at a time, dip it in the egg (letting excess drain off) and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture to generous coat. Arrange in the bundt pan in even layers. 

At this point you may choose to cover and refrigerate the bread before its second rise. If you choose to refrigerate, allow 2 full hours to rise before baking (rather than just 1)

Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
In a small sauce pan, combine butter, brown sugar and water and bring to a light boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour over the dough. 

Bake for about 25 minutes.

Turn out onto a large platter to serve. Serve while warm. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this recipe! We've used it a lot and love it. We are Americans living in France and it is fun to make this for our French friends and show them American monkey bread. =)