Friday, 16 April 2010

Monkey bread..... Mood = Finger licking

Iv been hearing about monkey bread for a while now and it has been something that has stuck in the back of my mind. The only reason for not making it earlier, is that every recipes calls for ready made pilsbury buttermilk biscuit dough. Every single one. So i was looking around to find a nice buttermilk biscuit recipe because here in the UK we dont have pilsbury. So i did. And what a recipe. It was divine.

For those of you who dont know what monkey bread is, it is literally dough chunks, coated in a cinnamon sugar placed on top of each other in a cake tin, covered in melted butter and sugar and cooked in the oven. So you end up with this squidgy, doughy, buttery, sugary loaf that just rips into pieces. And as monkeys eat with their hands and pull things apart, the name for this dessert came about.

Let me tell you something. I have never had this before and i can safely say that a) it is definitely not good for the waistline, and b) it was sensational.

It is also so easy to make that you would make it again and again, but be weary about getting a muffin top if eaten to much. It should come with a warning....

But seriously this recipe is perfect when you want to change things up a little.

Recipe:

600g flour
440ml buttermilk
115g butter chilled and cut into small pieces
1 Tablesoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder

Coating:

Sugar
Cinnamon

Sauce:

115g butter
100 grams golden caster sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  • Add the butter in and using your hands mix to form a crumble effect.
  • When it has combined you can attach the dough hook to your kitchen aid and begin adding your buttermilk. Keep turning till totally combined and knead for about 3-5 minutes.
  • When the dough looks like it has come together and is smooth, place it on a slightly floured suface and knead for 30 seconds. Cut into tubes and then medium sized chunks. I think you can get about 30-40 chunks from this recipe.
  • When you have cut them up place thm in a plastic bag where you have already combined cinnamon and sugar. Roll them around in batches till they are all covered.
  • Place them in a lined baking pan, cake tin, muffing holder, whatever you like, and set aside.
  • Put your oven in to 220 degrees.
  • Melt the butter and sugar on the stove top for about about a minute or so and them pour over the top of the dough balls.
  • Place in the oven for at least 20 minutes, max 35.
  • Remove and serve.

You will not regret making this while you are eating this, but the thought of a little guilt as your waistline stretches might have a fleeting moment.

Enjoy but be warned (You will make this again).

17 comments:

pav said...

What an interesting dish! It tastes of Apple Crumble but without the apples!! So moreish...I need to do a double session at the gym to compensate...;pp

KOKO said...

That looks insane!!!!!! i want that right now!!!!!!!!!! your description on the blog made my mouth water!!

tasteofbeirut said...

I love this bread and I too never made it ; the reason is precisely because I did not want to use pilsbury! I am surprised you don't carry pilsbury in the UK, I thought they were everywhere. Must be protectionism in action!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

I could not find it anywhere, and to be honest with you, i probably would not have used it anyway. I hate packaged things. I always try and make it myself if i can. It always tastes better and you also remove all the rubbish they put into products.... But this is a definite recipe to try.

Anonymous said...

OMG joudie ur killing us with these amazing recipes... i am putting on soo much weight with ur amazing food xox

CrystalsCozyKitchen said...

I'm glad you found a recipe that worked for you... I actually tried mine tonight with a home made biscuit recipe and hubby thinks it tastes a lot better than the packaged biscuits. Thanks for making me rethink this recipe!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Anon, I am alsp putting on so much weighy... But its all worth it to try this delicious food. Im using kickboxing as a method to compensate....

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hi crystal, i think that home made 'anything' works so much better than store bought. It just has a different feeling and also you remove all the extra rubbish that they put into your products. Did you try this recipe for the biscuits or did you have another one. Because this works a treat.....

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, this looks so so so yummy. I totally want to make this one. I'm glad you did this recipe without pre-made biscuit dough, as they dont really sell that stuff he in the UK.
Hope you are having a great weekend.
*kisses* HH

Joudie's Mood Food said...

HH, This was delicious. and i am not a big fan of pre made products anyway. The biscuit dough is so easy and tasted great. You can use it to make buttermilk scones if you like....

Anonymous said...

they sell the monkey bread pan in lakeland ;)

Joudie's Mood Food said...

I love lakeland.....They have such great things.....

Anonymous said...

these are in the oven at the moment and the house smells amazing.. they are easy to make but take a little time...cant wait till they come out xox

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Anon, the smell is the beginning of the end. They are simply divine. I love them. And you will too. Let me know how they go....

Anonymous said...

LOL i think the smell was the only good thing, it was way too salty which was a shame cause if it wouldn't have been that bad... gonna have to retry it... u sure its 1 tablespoon

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hi Anon, yes im sure its is 1 Tablespoon. Are you sure you didnt use a serving spoon. The saltyness in the biscuit should be balanced by the sweetness of the topping. Also did you make the full recipe. If you want, add 1 teaspoon. But i made mine as per the recipe and it turned out great. Im sorry it didnt work out for you. Please try again. It is so worth it....

Anonymous said...

i followed the recipe to the T... the only thing i can think of is my salt is saltier than yours... I have measuring spoons that I use... will definitly try it again&use less salt and see what happens, thanx.

Also i love how ur new blog looks, looks great