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Monkey Bread

Making monkey bread lets kids do what they do best -- play with their food -- while they create something yummy.

  • prep: 1 hour 45 mins
    total time: 2 hours 15 mins
  • yield: Makes one 10-inch Bundt cake
Photography: Josh Titus

Ingredients

For the bread:

  • 2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening, plus more for pan and bowl
  • 1/4 cup warm (110 degrees to 115 degrees) water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus a pinch for yeast
  • 1 envelope dry active yeast (scant tablespoon)
  • 3/4 cup warm (110 degrees to 115 degrees) milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

For the coating:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

For the icing:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Lightly coat a 10-inch Bundt pan and a medium bowl with shortening; set aside. Put the warm water and a pinch of sugar in a small bowl; sprinkle yeast over top. Stir; let the yeast soften and dissolve, about 5 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Place shortening, milk, sugar, salt, and egg in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook.

  3. Step 3

    Add yeast mixture to shortening mixture, and beat to combine. Slowly add flour. Knead on medium-low, 1 minute. Transfer dough to the prepared bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand in a warm place, 20 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Make coating: Place melted butter in a bowl. In a second bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts; sprinkle 2 tablespoons nut mixture into prepared Bundt pan.

  5. Step 5

    Cut dough into 1/2-inch pieces. Roll into balls. Coat in butter, then roll in nut mixture, and place in prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

  6. Step 6

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert onto a serving plate, and let cool 20 minutes more.

  7. Step 7

    Make icing: In a small bowl, combine milk and confectioners' sugar. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over bread.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday

Reviews (2)

  • 20 Feb, 2009

    this is a really great baking activity for small children. the monkey bread is tasty and best served warm. i don't like the recommended icing.

    also, i think this recipe would turn out better with more than 2 tbsp of the nut mixture in the bundt pan, and more melted butter.

  • 7 Aug, 2008

    I think it's important to note, if you haven't baked with yeast before, is that temperature is super important. When diluting the yeast, make sure the water is actually quite warm - about 70C. Also, make sure that the other ingredients are either at room temperature or warm. When letting the dough stand, make sure it is covered and in a warm place away from any drafts. I also added 1/2 a cup more brown sugar and ground hazelnuts as well as cinnamon in the icing.