Caramel Monkey Bread

Call it what you will, to my family it’s simply “monkey bread”. This is their standard. I got this recipe from a 1981 cookbook and after tweaking it some, it has evolved into this gooey, delicious treat that is so simple to make. It does require some extra time to rise but in the end it is totally worth it. Your taste buds will thank you. So, let’s dive in to this fix-it, forget-it, bake-it recipe.

 

 

Monkey Bread ingredients
Monkey Bread ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 loaves frozen bread dough, thawed (see tip below)
  • 1/2 C. butter or margarine
  • 1 C. brown sugar
  • 2 TBL. milk
  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. vanilla pudding mix (cook type, NOT instant)
  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. butterscotch pudding mix (cook type, NOT instant)
  • 1-3 tsp. ground cinnamon (to taste-I use 3)

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

Microwave tip on thawing bread dough:

Make sure bread dough is thawed. I usually thaw mine in the microwave, using 30 second bursts, flipping loaf over midway at least once. The thawing process only takes about 1 1/2 minutes. Make sure to watch carefully as the microwave will also cook your dough. If this happens and you get a little cooked part, just tear piece off and discard. Use the rest of the dough for your recipe. Do not let dough rise, just make sure it is completely thawed.

1) Grease a tube, bundt or 9″x13″ pan. Preheat oven to 175 degrees. TURN OVEN OFF when preheated.

2) In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Take out of microwave. Add brown sugar, both pudding mixes, milk and cinnamon. Stir until smooth. Set aside. You may also melt butter over the stove top as I did here.

To the melted butter, add brown sugar, pudding mixes, milk and cinnamon
To the melted butter, add brown sugar, pudding mixes, milk and cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Tear or cut 1 of the loaves of bread into small pieces and place evenly in a layer on bottom of pan.

Cut or tear bread dough
Cut or tear bread dough
Place dough pieces evenly on pan bottom
Place dough pieces evenly on pan bottom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Pour butter/pudding mixture over bread dough pieces, distributing evenly.

 

Pour butter/pudding mixture over the bread pieces
Pour butter/pudding mixture over the bread pieces
Distribute mixture evenly
Distribute mixture evenly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Repeat dough process described in step two, cutting or tearing second bread loaf. Distribute pieces evenly over layer in pan.

Second loaf--cut and placed on top
Second loaf–cut and placed on top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 ) Cover with buttered or sprayed plastic wrap. Place in pre-warmed oven ( see step 1). Let bread dough rise until doubled. Mine took about 1 1/2 hours. Take out of oven.

Let dough rise in warmed oven
Let dough rise in warmed oven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic wrap. Place pan in oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Monkey bread will be done when the dough appears golden brown. Immediately turn out onto serving tray. Please be careful. The caramel sauce is extremely hot!

 

Dough will be golden brown when done
Bread will be golden brown when done
Turn pan over directly on serving tray
Turn pan over directly on serving tray
Turn out bread onto pan or serving tray
Turn out bread onto pan or serving tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are done! I hope you get a chance to enjoy this extra special comfort food.

 

Caramel Monkey Bread
Caramel Monkey Bread
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