This is what heaven is like...
at least my heaven...
There isn't much more to you tell about this monkey bread besides it fills your house with the most amazing smells. Your long time boyfriend/husband may tell you to never bake anything else ever again.
"No need to ever bake any other baked goods again."
That's what he told me
I think I agree!
Adapted by Brown Eyed Baker
4 T unsalted butter, divided, 2 T's softened and 2 T's melted
1 cup milk, warm
1/3 cup water, warm
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 t instant yeast
3¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface
2 t's salt
Brown Sugar Coating:
1 cup brown sugar
2 t's ground cinnamon
8 T's unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons milk
1. Butter pan with 2 tablespoon's softened butter. It doesn't have to be a bundt pan (believe me, it's still delicious! I used a 9" spring foam pan)
2. In a large measuring cup combine, milk, water, sugar, melted butter, and yeast. Let sit for a few minutes to get the yeast working. Meanwhile, mix flour and salt together on low with a dough hook in standing mixer. Slowly add the liquid into the flour. After dough comes together increase speed to medium and mix for about 6-7 minutes until dough is shiny, smooth, and round. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray and let the dough sit in the bowl, covered in a warm space for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
3. While the dough is rising work on the sugar coating. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Place melted butter into a bowl and set aside.
4. Gently remove the dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured work surface. Pat dough into a 8" x 8" square. Using a bench scraper or knife cut dough into 64 pieces.
5. Roll each dough piece into a ball and dip into the melted butter. Let the excess butter drip off the ball. Next, roll buttered dough ball into the brown sugar coating. Layer dough balls into your buttered pan and stagger the seams.
6. Cover the pan and place in warm area again for another 60-70 minutes until dough balls are puffy and have risen 1-2" from top of the pan.
7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pan in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and remove onto a platter to cool for about 10 more minutes.
8. For the glaze whisk the confectioners' sugar with the milk until smooth. Drizzle glaze all over the warm monkey bread.
Prebaked after rising again for an hour
Right out of the oven after baking for 30 minutes
After digging in...
**One secret I like to use when making bread at home is to use a heating pad. I have no idea if this is a bad thing but I've used it a couple times now and it works perfect! I just turn my heating pad on, put it under or on top of the bowl and let it sit like that. It totally speeds up the process and the dough actually rises in the allotted time. Usually my doughs take longer because our house is always freezing!**
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