Monkey Bread

Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day. No, wait, dinner is. No breakfast. Okay I can’t decide because I just really like food. But I do know that breakfast is definitely in my top 3 favorite meals of the day. (See what I did there?)

Anyway, we always make big breakfasts on the weekends and my favorite is Monkey Bread. It’s gooey, over loaded with caramel and filled with happiness. I have done a few different recipes in the past and was never overly excited about the outcome. Until one day, my sister sent me her version of monkey bread and it is beyond perfect, like angels singing perfect. It’s always soft, comes with extra caramel and starts a Saturday off on the right foot.

While the process of making the Monkey Bread spans over a couple days, it really is pretty simple and doesn’t use too many ingredients. The only one we typically need to buy is the pudding. dsc_1852

To start the process you are going to want to pull two loaves of frozen bread dough out of the freezer about 4-5 hours before you plan to prep your Monkey Bread. For us we typically put it on a dinner plate and let it sit on the counter at about 4:00pm so that it’s soft and ready to prep at about 8:00pm once the kids have gone to bed. dsc_1849

When you are ready to start the process, use a sauce pan and melt together your butter, corn syrup and brown sugar. Once the butter is melted, turn off the heat and add in the milk and butterscotch pudding and stir. Once combined, pour caramel mixture into a greased bundt pan. Now it’s time to roll the dough!

Like I said earlier, my husband and I like to prepare the Monkey Bread once the kids have gone to bed. We enjoy sitting together rolling out dough in the quiet of our house that so seldom happens with 4 kids. I must note, see his wedding ring there on the counter? Monkey Bread is the only thing that he’ll take that off for, as witnessed by the dent in his finger. Goes to show just how special this bread is. Now just pull apart small chunks of the dough and roll into balls and place them into the caramel. Once you’ve got it all in there, sprinkle the top of the dough with cinnamon, place a towel loosely on top of the pan and put it in the fridge overnight to rise. DO NOT leave it out on the counter or you will have a massive dough monster taking over your kitchen in the morning. Sounds fun, it’s not. Trust me.

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Here’s a comparison of what it will look like the night before when you put it in the fridge (top) and what it will look like the next morning before you bake it (bottom).

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In the morning heat your oven to 350 degrees and bake the Monkey Bread for about 40 minutes.  The aroma will fill your house and everyone will be asking when breakfast will be ready. Here’s what you can expect when you take it out of the oven. Look at that gorgeous mound of happiness right there.

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Now just take a serving plate and place it on top of the mound and CAREFULLY flip it over allowing the Monkey Bread to come out of the bundt pan. Set everything down and take the bundt pan off and wait for a second while all the caramel drips onto the bread from the pan. We have learned from many experiences that it’s best to put down some paper towels under the serving dish to catch any extra caramel that comes out. Easier to toss the towels than to try and scrub it off the counters.

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There you have it! Pictures do not do it justice. It’s an incredible recipe that everyone will be begging for more. I think my boys approve. Now let’s all take a moment and thank my sister for creating this amazing recipe for all of us to enjoy!

Don’t forget to have a little fun today!

Monkey Bread

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Ingredients

  • 2 loaves of bread dough
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 large package butterscotch pudding(NOT instant)
  • Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Thaw bread dough for 4-5 hours before prep
  2. In saucepan combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup, heat on medium stirring continuously until butter is melted
  3. Once butter is melted, stir in milk and pudding mix
  4. Pour into greased bundt pan
  5. Roll bread dough into small balls and place in bundt pan
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon on top
  7. Place pan in refrigerator with a kitchen towel loosely on top overnight to rise
  8. In morning preheat oven to 350 degrees
  9. Bake monkey bread for 40 minutes
  10. Once baked, place plate on top and flip bundt pan over allowing monkey bread to come out onto plate
  11. Cut or pull apart and enjoy!
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