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.
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.
115g butter chilled and cut into small pieces
1 Tablesoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
100 grams golden caster sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 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.
- 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.
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).