Homemade Monkey Bread


Emma Schwaberow, Writer


Today we will be learning how to make homemade monkey bread. I used to love this as a kid and thought it would be super fun to learn how to make it. So here is what we are going to need for the dough: cooking spray,1 1/4 c. lukewarm milk,1 (0.25-oz.) package active dry yeast, 4 3/4 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for surface, 1/2 c. packed brown sugar, 1 tsp. kosher salt, 2 large eggs, 4 tbsp. butter softened. Now for the dredging and the pan: 2 tbsp. butter softened

1 c. granulated sugar, 2 tbsp. cinnamon,6 tbsp. butter, melted. And lastly, for the icing, you will need 1 c. powdered sugar, 4 tbsp. heavy cream,  1 tsp. pure vanilla extract.  Now, grease a medium bowl with cooking spray. In a large measuring, glass adds warm milk and sprinkle yeast on top. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.  

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast mixture and eggs. Mix until dough starts to come together. Add softened butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, letting each piece incorporate into the dough before adding the next. Continue mixing the dough at medium-high speed for about 5 minutes. The dough will be soft and smooth and a little sticky.  Transfer dough to a prepared bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 ½ hour. 

  • Grease a large bundt pan with softened butter, making sure to coat all of the sides well, including the inner tube. Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour and dump the dough out onto the surface. Pat into a square that’s about ½” thick. Cut into 60 equal pieces and roll into a ball that’s about 1” in size. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place melted butter in another small bowl. Working one at a time, dip dough into butter, letting excess drip off, then roll in cinnamon sugar. Place into the prepared bundt pan, layering as you go. Cover with a towel and let rise until the dough has clearly expanded 30 to 45 minutes. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Bake until the top is deeply golden, about 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter. Let cool 10 minutes more before icing. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla. Spoon over still warm monkey bread. 

I really really enjoyed this recipe, it was so good and had lots of flavors. I hope you like this recipe!