What is this all about? Well, this is about something called monkey bread. Monkey bread tends to be made with biscuit dough which is rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar and then baked. When it comes out, it is "gooey" and sweet. It's very simple to make. The more difficult one to make is one that is completely from scratch. That's how I do things. I searched for a recipe and found one through google which seemed like it will work very well. (The site can be found here.) With a bit of improv because I kind of didn't have some things I made my own edited version which came out to be completely perfect.
I was first introduced to monkey bread from our end of the year ballroom social at the club at my school. People made food and one person made monkey bread. I immediately fell in love with it even though at first I was very uneasy about trying it.
People say that it is best eaten when it is warm and still gooey, but I think that it's delicious cold.
Let's talk about improvisations:
Improvs can be made when you use ingredients that are close enough substitutes. I had run out of regular flour so I chose to use our special half course flour. The half course flour isn't too different from regular flour (it has a similar texture to the flour called Wondra), so it wasn't that much of a problem. Also, for the most part I didn't measure anything, just eyed it. Also for the cinnamon sugar coating, I didn't follow the recipe on the site exactly. I had some left over cinnamon sugar from baking muffins and so I used that and made a mixture, you'll see it in the recipe.
Monkey bread is also usually baked in a bundt pan, but I chose to go with a heart shaped pan for a little change and a fun shape.
Let's get those ingredients together:
- 1 packet (.25 oz.) of active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup of warm water
- 3 1/4 cups flour + more if necessary
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 3/4 cup warm milk
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup melted butter (in a small bowl)
How about those utensils:
- microwaveable cup
- wooden mixing spoon
- large bowl
What to do:
6. Balls of dough. Take a knife and start cutting the dough up. Roll the pieces of dough into 1/2 inch to 1 inch balls. Then dip the balls of dough into the butter bath and roll them around in there. Using a fork, lift the ball out of the butter and throw it into the cinnamon sugar. Roll it in there until covered. Then place the dough ball into your greased pan.
Whether at a ballroom social, or just at home, this monkey bread can be enjoyed whenever. It is pretty simple, even though the time it takes to make it is long because of all the proofing. It's a bit addicting, so be careful not to keep all of it to yourself and eat it all up.
Enjoy your monkey bread (furry friend bread as Joanne would call it)!
Keep eating sweetly! :)