Monkey Bread is known by many names--Bubble loaf, Pull-a-part bread, Pinch Me or Pluck Me Cake, Golden Crown, and many more. Whatever you call it, the bread is usually a yeast bread that has been divided into balls, dunked in melted butter and rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. In the United States, where it originated, this gooey treat is served at breakfast, but also found at fairs and theme parks. It first appeared in a woman's magazine in the 1950s and is usually served hot from the oven so the individual can pull out the section of dough.
1/2 cup milk
4 T unsalted butter
1 large egg
2 T granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
Scant 1T of active dry yeast (equivalent of 1 pkg.)
3 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour.
1/2 cup (+ more if needed) water
8 T unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 T cinnamon
In a glass 2-cup measure, heat the milk and 4T of butter together in the microwave (about 40 seconds). Meanwhile, in a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, mix the egg, sugar and salt together. While the mixer is running on low, add the milk/butter mixture, then, sprinkle the dry yeast over the liquid and mix thoroughly. Allow to rest about 5 to 7 minutes until the yeast looks foamy.
Change to the dough hook attachment and add 2 cups of flour and the 1/2 cup of water. Mix together, adding the remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour. If needed add more water so the dough comes together. Transfer the dough to a wooden board to knead smooth.
Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large glass bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds; use a pastry brush to coat the sides of the bowl.
Place the dough, face down into the bowl, then turn it right-side-up. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl tightly.
Allow to rise about 1 1/2 hours (this depends on the temperature of your kitchen) or until double. To test, push your finger into the dough; if the indentation remains, the dough is ready.
Have your melted butter and sugar~cinnamon mixture near by. Brush a "monkey bread" pan with melted butter. [You can also use a bundt pan--it should have a center "stem"].
Divide dough into pieces and roll into 1 1/2-inch balls. Dip into the butter, then roll in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.
Place the balls in the prepared pan.
You can sprinkle any remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture over the balls. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise another 30-40 minutes, or until double. Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to rest for a few minutes before you turn the pan upside down on a serving platter.
Meanwhile, if you would like to pour some caramel over the bread and accompany it with some Hot Caramel, make my Homemade Caramel.
I drizzled about 4 tablespoons over the top of the bread while warm. Also, as a change up to a cup of Hot Chocolate, I made Hot Caramel.
1 1/2 cups of milk
2 heaping tablespoons of homemade caramel
Whisk the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour into a mug and serve with a couple of "Monkey Brains!"
A guaranteed treat for a cold afternoon with your children or grandchildren. I just wish my special guy was here to share this snack with me. Enjoy!