The monkey bread recipe has become very popular over the years because of the delicious flavor baked throughout the loaf. You might hear it also referred to as bubble bread, golden crown, bubble loaf, bubble cake or a coffee cake. Although the most famous is like sticky buns made with cinnamon and sugar throughout the loaf, many recipes are not sweet. Some are flavored with butter, spices and Parmesan cheese.
The monkey bread recipe is truly an American idea although I have no idea who started it. I am going to “guess” that it originated with one of the frozen bread companies. I say this because some of the oldest recipes I have were on scraps of paper which appear to have been cut from one of these frozen loaves.
It seems that no one in the other countries have any idea just what the monkey bread recipe is like. The sweet sticky version is traced back to the 1950’s which seems to be the beginning. Pieces of yeast dough were dipped in butter, cinnamon and sugar and then layered in a tube pan for baking; sometimes nuts were also added. After baking the pieces could be pulled apart for eating. It is very delicious!
Later, it seems the non sweet versions originated. The ones made with Italian spices, butter and Parmesan cheese makes a great accompaniment to pasta dinners. As I said because of the technique of rolling the pieces of dough in the seasonings is what makes it so flavorful and delicious. If you have not tried it, now is the time. Remember the frozen bread is a quick and easy way of making it.
MONKEY BREAD RECIPE
Combine scalded milk, oil, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir to blend; cool to lukewarm. Add the eggs and mix well. Combine yeast and 2 cups of the flour and add to the milk mixture in mixing bowl. Add just enough of the remaining flour to make soft dough and mix well. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a clean cloth and let it rise until it doubles in bulk. Punch down and let set for 10 minutes.
Melt the butter. In a bowl combine and mix the nuts, sugar and cinnamon. Make small balls out of the dough. Roll the balls in the butter and then in the sugar mixture. Place balls in a greased tube pan in staggered rows until all the dough is use. Let dough rise until it doubles in bulk.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the monkey bread from the oven and turn out onto a large plate.
PILLSBURY MONKEY BREAD RECIPE
CANNED BISCUIT RECIPE FOR MONKEY BREAD
Combine brown sugar, sugar, butter and orange juice in a large bowl.
Add quartered biscuits and mix to coat all pieces.
Spoon ½ of biscuits into Bundt pan; sprinkle with pecans.
Layer remaining biscuits on top; bake at 350F degrees for about 35 minutes.
MONKEY BREAD RECIPE (made with Pillsbury hot roll mix)
Grease with shortening Bundt pan.
In large bowl dissolve yeast from roll mix in warm water; stir in cheese, herbs and egg.
Add roll mix and blend well; knead dough on floured surface until no longer sticky.
Roll out dough to 12 inch square; brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
Cut into 25 squares; overlap each square in greased pan with buttered side down.
Brush dough with remaining butter; sprinkle with poppy seeds.
Cover and let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size; about 60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375F degrees; bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
Immediately remove from pan.