Sticky Bun Monkey Bread
Monkey bread is a hybrid of several classic treats: sticky buns, cinnamon rolls and a Hungarian coffee cake called aranygaluska. Since it bakes up high in a Bundt pan, the presentation is pretty spectacular. You can slice it, but it's more fun to just put it on the table, sit down and join your brunch guests in pulling off one little dough ball after another.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 2 ¼teaspoons/7 grams active dry yeast (1 package)
- 1 ½cups lukewarm milk (about 105 degrees, or just warm to the touch)
- ⅓cup/67 grams granulated sugar
- 1tablespoon/15 grams kosher salt
- 3tablespoons/43 grams unsalted butter, melted, more for greasing bowl
- 2eggs, at room temperature
- 5to 6 cups/640 grams to 768 grams all-purpose flour
- 1cup/227 grams unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 2cups/440 grams packed dark brown sugar
- ½cup heavy cream, more to taste
- Salt (optional)
- ½cup/114 grams unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled to room temperature
- 1 ¼cups/275 grams light brown sugar or maple sugar, or a combination of dark brown sugar and white sugar
- 2tablespoons ground cinnamon
- ¼teaspoon kosher salt
- About 3/4 cup/80 grams chopped toasted pecans or walnuts, more for garnish (optional)
Step 1In the bowl of a mixer, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of the warm milk. Add the remaining warm milk, sugar, salt, butter and eggs.
Step 2Add 5 cups flour and mix with paddle attachment until smooth, about 2 minutes. Switch to hook attachment and knead on low speed, adding flour if necessary until dough is stiff and slightly tacky, 10 minutes.
Step 3Grease a large bowl with butter and turn dough out into the bowl. Flip over dough so greased side is up, cover loosely with a kitchen towel and set in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Step 4Make the sauce: In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugar and stir constantly until simmering and the butter has melted. Pour in cream (it will bubble up) and cook until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Taste and add cream and pinches of salt to taste. Turn off heat and set aside.
Step 5Brush a medium or large Bundt pan, preferably nonstick, with some of the melted butter. Combine the sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and mix well. Rewarm the caramel sauce over low heat.
Step 6Once dough has doubled in size, turn it onto floured surface and knead for 3 minutes. Cut or pull off small pieces, each weighing about 1/2 ounce/15 grams, and roll them gently into balls. Set aside on a baking sheet.
Step 7To assemble, dip about half of the balls in melted butter, roll in sugar mixture, and fit them snugly into the pan, occasionally adding a sprinkle of pecans. Pour about a quarter of the sauce over the sugared dough balls. Repeat with remaining dough balls, pecans and another quarter of the sauce. Reserve the remaining sauce.
Step 8Cover and let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until puffy. (The monkey bread can be made up to this point up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerated overnight.)
Step 9Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden and bubbling around the edges. Let cool on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes, then invert onto a platter.
Step 10Meanwhile, reheat the remaining caramel sauce and drizzle or spoon it over the top of the monkey bread until it runs down the sides. (Any remaining sauce can be passed at the table, for dipping.) Serve warm or at room temperature, with hot coffee or tea and plenty of napkins.