One of my favorite traditions from childhood is making Monkey Bread with my life long girlfriends. It was an easy recipe that apparently our parents, foolish as it may be, trusted us to make on our own. Thirty (oh my) years later, I am still making it every Christmas morning for my daughter and from time to time my friends and I indulge ourselves in a walk down memory lane.
Monkey Bread is beyond delicious but, can be a bit messy to eat. Recently I had a major aha moment and realized, I can create single servings in mason jars to easily enjoy with a fork- no fuss, no mess, less clean up. It is a win win...win.
Let's get to the recipe...
You will need:
12 tablespoons melted butter (divided)
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon divided
1 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg divided
1 cup brown sugar
8 medium size mason jars
- Start by adding the milk, water, sugar and yeast to your mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed with a paddle attachment until just combined then allow to rest for five minutes.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Whisk thoroughly.
- Switch to the dough hook of your mixer, on low speed slowly add the flour mixture. Be sure to scrape down the sides.
- Once all of the flour is added, mix on medium speed for about eight minutes or until the dough pulls into a soft ball.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of flour onto a clean surface and a small amount onto the top of your dough ball. Kneed for one minute.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a moist cloth.
- Allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
*Fast forward one hour...*
- Punch down the dough, turn it out on a floured surface and form into a flattened ball shape.
- Cut the dough into eight equal sections using a pizza or dough cutter.
- Take each of the eight sections and divide them into six to eight small pieces.
- Coat each of the mason jars lightly with a small portion of the melted butter.
- In a medium bowl mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Dip the small dough balls into the melted butter, then the brown sugar mixture and then into a mason jar.
- Each jar should contain six to eight pieces.
- Allow the dough to rise again for one hour in a warm place.
- Place the jars on a cookie sheet allowing space between each one.
- Bake for approximately twenty minutes.
Allow to cool slightly but serve warm.
I added a small amount of glaze to mine but, found that it really was not necessary. However, if you are experiencing a major sweet tooth just add about a tablespoon of milk to about 1/3 cup of confectioners sugar, stir and viola, you have glaze!
The aroma from this dessert/ breakfast is treat enough, the taste is simply to die for!
P.S. If you are not a make your own dough kind of person, frozen grocery store sweet dough works just as well!
There is nothing that goes with Cinnamon Monkey Bread better than a nice full bodied cup of coffee. Since there is already a tremendous amount of sweetness in this dish, I would recommend pairing it with Folgers Classic Roast or Green Mountain Colombian Keurig K-cups. Both have a distinct coffee flavor to them that will compliment the cinnamon beautifully!