Monkey Bubble Bread

The girls came home from school today to find some of these sticky buns in the oven. As with everything we make here in our nuts.

Monkey Bubble Bread

from Baked Explorations

For the Bubble Bread
1 1/4 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons instant yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour
5 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the cinnamon-sugar coating
1 1/4 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Make the Monkey Bubble Bread
In a small saucepan, warm your milk to slightly above room temperature, then remove it from the heat, add yeast and whisk to dissolve. (Do not warm it beyond 110 degrees F or you will kill the yeast).

In a bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the flour, sugar and salt until combined.

In a small bowl, beat the egg with a fork and add it to the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until combined.

Keeping the mixer on low, slowly stream in the milk until combined. Add the melted butter and mix until the dough comes together. Replace the paddle attachment with the dough hook attachment. Continue to mix on medium speed until the dough becomes silky and tacky, but not sticky, 8-10 minutes. The dough should mound together and easily come off the bottom of the mixing bowl. (If the dough is too wet, add some flour. If it is too dry, add a tiny bit of water.)

Spray the bottom and sides of a large bowl with cooking spray. Place the dough in the bowl and roll it around to make sure it is completely covered in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a dish towel and let it rest in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size, approximately one hour.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Use your clean hands to push down and deflate the dough. Remove it from the bowl and pat it into a rough circle approximately 8 inches diameter. Use a bench knife or serrated knofe to cut dough into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 1/2 ounce each)-alternatively, use your hands to pinch apart the dough. Roll the pieces into balls (they don't have to be perfectly round). Place the balls on the sheet pan (you will get about 60 pieces in all). Cover the balls lightly with plastic wrap.

Make the Cinnamon Sugar Coating
In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Place the melted butter in a separate bowl.

Assemble the Bread
Generously spray a 10 cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough balls and dip one ball in the melted butter. Let the excess butter drip back in to the bowl, roll the ball in the brown sugar mixture and place it in the Bundt pan. Continue this process with each ball, until you have several layers, arranging them as if you are building a brick wall.

Wrap the Bundt pan tightly in plastic wrap. Set it in a warm area of the house for about 1 hour, or until the dough balls have doubled in size and appear puffy.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the plastic and bake the Bundt until the top layer is a deep brown and the caramel coating begins to bubble around the edges, about 30 minutes.

Cool the bread for 5 minutes, then turn it out directly onto a platter and serve warm. Should you have any leftovers (this is rare), simply reheat them in a 300-degree oven until warm to the touch.

These are FANTASTIC. I will never make monkey bread from store bought bread dough or biscuits again.

If you need it spelled out for you, this should explain the lack of recipes/appetite lately.


Mandy said...

Wow Megan, congratulations...I hope :) Pretty exciting and overwhelming I am sure! At least there is lots of big sisters to help!

Joanne said...

Apparently Baked Explorations and I have a date with destiny...this looks amazing.

Courtney said...

My kids love monkey bread (with no nuts of course) but I always make it with frozen dough. I'll have to try this!

Congrats on the upcoming additions! Just a warning that buying for two (or three) girls is even more fun and expensive than buying for one.

PheMom said...

Yay! I've had that recipe bookmarked ever since I got my book. Every weekend I say I'm going to get to it, but never seem to. It's going to have to move up on my list!

Caroline said...

Congratulations! How exciting!

The Daily Smash said...

Sounds and looks so yummy cant wait to try it :)

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Unknown said...

Yours looks perfect, never made this myself but so many people just love it. No nuts for me either

Lindsey Jaye Parry said...

now i get it.

it's only the second time i've read it today

Katie said...

Looks gorgeous! I'd love to come home to some of these. I've yet to try making monkey bread but this looks a great place to start

Jacqui said...

Love the allusion! (Buns in the oven) Seth's video had me tearing up and you look beautiful in it. So sweet. I guarantee #1 is going to think of me as a total wimp now, as she is constantly BEGGING me for another baby. I'd love to help out when the happy day arrives. You make the cutest girls--why would God change it up on you now?! And you know they'll have a great send-off party with their auntie. So happy for you!

Anonymous said...

If you like this you will love Gorilla Bread! Here is the link to the recipe I posted on my website:

Cookie Sleuth said...

What a delicious welcome home treat!

Debra said...

Your Monkey Bubble Bread looks very tasty. Congratulations-I am so excited for you. You do make very cute and sweet girls:)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! That looks so divine. I'm going to have to try it.

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Ugh! I made Monkey Bread with store bought biscuits tonight and they didn't turn out at all like I hoped! I wish I would've seen this earlier today! Oh well, next time I'll be using your recipe! Thanks!

FR said...

hello!! i just find out your blog, from tastespotting, and I'm glad i did! :) a few days ago I saw, on the foodnetwork channel portugal, a program talking about this bread! i was very curious and started looking for the recipe... and today, as i was looking through your blog i found it and it seems very simple! :) this weekend i'm going to try it! your blog is very good, congratulations!

sorry for my language mistakes :)