Since this mix requires using yeast, you must allow enough time for the dough to rise to give it a nice texture. If you are planning to bake this bread as a breakfast treat, you should probably, either make it the night before and warm it up in the oven in the morning, or save it for brunch or dessert. Overall this Monkey Bread mix took me about two and a half hours to three hours to create but - I am being totally honest here - it was completely worth it.
The first thing you have to do is purchase our Stonewall Kitchen Cinnamon Caramel Monkey Bread Mix which can be found at any of our nine East Coast Company Stores or on our website here.
On the back of the box there is a list of the ingredients you will need as well as step-by-step directions. Here is a combined list of ingredients you should grab from the store or your pantry before you start.
Unsalted butter (2 sticks)
Egg (you will only need 1)
Half & Half (for the caramel, milk works just fine as well)
You will find three packets inside the box; the bread mix, the cinnamon sugar mix, and a packet of yeast.
To start we will make the bread. You will need:
¼ cup lukewarm water
1 large egg
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
½ cup lukewarm milk
Pour the yeast it into a small bowl of lukewarm water. Stir to combine, set aside and let stand for 5 minutes.
Pour the bread mix into a stand mixer bowl (or a regular mixing bowl if you do not have a stand mixer). A waft of nutmeg will dazzle your senses as the mix falls into the bowl. The scent reminded me of a fresh glass of egg nog.
Add the yeast/water mixture, egg, melted butter and lukewarm milk to the bread mix.
After putting your dough away to set, grease and flour a 10" Bundt pan. If you do not own a bundt pan (like me) you can get a pack of two aluminum ones at your local supermarket.
After about an hour it is onto the coating! For this part of the recipe you only need:
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Pour ¼ cup of the cinnamon sugar topping into a small bowl. Take your dough and roll it out onto a lightly floured board, into a ½" round.
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 Tbsp. water
¼ cup milk or half & half
To start preheat your oven to 350°F. Then place the remaining cinnamon sugar into a small sauce pan. Add butter and water. Cook over medium heat until butter and dry mix melt together.
Until next time. Enjoy!