i grew up with a father who had an overactive sweet tooth … which i inevitably inherited. i crave sugar more than anything. now, in my home, however, everyone craves salt … i love baking and there isn’t too many “salty” baking recipes. i try very often to find recipes that everyone will enjoy after dinner … and this monkey bread recipe does the trick! they taste like mini-cinnamon rolls! great for a brunch or dessert.
how, true to me … i make mine semi-homemade. the first step in the recipe is to make homemade bread dough. is it just me, or is that just too time consuming when you are maintaining a home and taking care of children (and a career for a lot of my readers!).
recipe trick: use pre-made, frozen bread dough.
you can find it in the freezer section at any grocery store. just a couple bucks for a few loaves. about an hour before you want to bake this, pull the dough out to thaw and put in a warm place to speed up the process.
in a small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients : 7 TBSP butter (melted and cooled) + 1 TBSP vanilla
set this bowl aside for now. in a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients : 3/4 cup granulated sugar + 1/2 cup brown sugar + 2 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp salt.
transfer the dry ingredients to a cookie sheet.
use a pizza cutter to slice dough into 36 equal sections. roll these sections into individual balls.
now comes the fun and messy part! dip each ball into the wet ingredients and then roll around in the dry ingredients mix. after each ball, place in a bundt pan.
when all the balls are rolled and placed in the pan, drizzle the remaining wet ingredients evenly over the top of the balls.
wrap the pan in plastic wrap and let it sit for 1-2 hours. isn’t that great? time to do the dishes, do the laundry, watch your favorite tv show … then preheat your oven to 350 degrees. and bake for 30-40 minutes … until the dough is golden brown.
let it cool for 10 minutes and remove the dough bites from the pan. the caramel will be hot, so be careful! they are best to be enjoyed right away, but store in an air tight container if you can’t finish them. they’ll keep for a few days.
reader interaction: what is your favorite dessert to make for your family?