26 January 2012

Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is an awesome sweet, cinnamony bread that is finger licking good. I found this recipe on pintrest.

Monkey Bread

3 1/4 cups AP flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup warm water
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 packet plus 1/2 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast

3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup pecans, left whole

Softened butter

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F, then turn the oven off and keep the door closed.

Generously grease a bundt pan with a nice schmear of soft butter.

Whisk together the warm milk, water and sugar until dissolved. Add the butter and then the yeast, stirring and place in a warm place until yeast has bloomed.

Sift together the salt and flour, before making a well in the center of the bowl. Pour the yeast-milk- butter-sugar mixture into the depression, and stir, using a wooden spoon, until a shaggy, clingy dough begins to form. Turn out onto a well-floured board and knead for a good 7-10 minutes, until elastic, smooth and hefty.

Dump into a large buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the warm-but-off oven for one hour.

Once risen, remove dough from the oven and dump out onto a well-floured surface. Gently shape and pat the dough into a free-form square, and cut the square into quarters. Then cut each quarter into at least ten smaller pieces. Roll each piece of dough gently, until rounded, but don’t compress or squish too much air out of them.

Mix both sugars, cinnamon, and melted butter. Schmear (<--very technical term) mix on each piece of dough and and drop into a greased bundt pan. Randomly drop whole pecans and "clumps" of sugar mixture into bundt pan for extra yummy, gooey-ness.Continue until you're out of dough.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 50 more minutes in a warm, calm place and then remove plastic and bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30-35 minutes, until top is golden brown. Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a large platter or plate. Cool for 10 more minutes, then serve warm.

Tip- If you want smaller portions, try using a greased cupcake pan instead of a bundt pan.

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