Bread Machine Monkey Bread

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Monkey bread is a special breakfast treat that my family enjoys. There are a lot of monkey bread recipes out there that use canned biscuit dough. I’m not a big fan of those products since the vast majority of them are loaded with questionable chemicals and hydrogenated oils. I’d much rather make things from scratch so I know what is in it. Using a bread machine takes all the hard work out of making dough for this monkey bread. This recipe takes about 2 hours from start to finish, but most of that time is rising time. If you like nuts, sprinkle chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts in between the dough pieces.

Bread Machine Monkey Bread

Dough:
1 cup water
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast (1 package)

5 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Add the first 8 ingredients (flour through yeast) to the bread machine in the order given (or according to your bread machine’s instruction manual).  Select the dough cycle on your machine and press start. The bread machine’s dough cycle includes about an hour of rising time. Once the dough cycle is finished, turn the dough out on a floured surface and knead 12 times. The dough will probably be pretty sticky. Just use a little more flour to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.

Place the 5 tablespoons of melted butter in a bowl (I just melt the butter in the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds). In a separate bowl, combine the 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

Spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray. With your hands or a pair of kitchen scissors, pull or cut off small pieces of dough (about 1 inch in diameter – it doesn’t have to be perfect). Place the piece of dough in the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar.  Place the piece of dough into the prepared Bundt pan. Continue cutting off small pieces of dough, dipping them in butter then sugar, and placing them in evenly in the pan until all the dough has been used. If you have extra butter and cinnamon sugar after all of the dough pieces have been placed in the pan, you can pour the remaining butter and sugar evenly over the dough. Let the dough rise in a warm spot for 20 minutes or until the dough rises above the top of the Bundt pan.

This is what mine looked like after 20 minutes of rising time:

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the monkey bread in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Using a hot pad or oven mitts, place a large plate over the top of the Bundt pan. Carefully invert so that the monkey bread comes out of the pan onto the plate. Remove the pan.  Serve the monkey bread warm.

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