monkey bread

I’m on vacation!  I just started a much-needed 2 week vacation from work and have already plowed through a few todo’s on the list.

I knew that I wanted to do a fair bit of cooking and baking during my vacation.  I don’t always have the motivation to do so during the work week.

First up – monkey bread! I remember having this when I was a kid (my mom also made a wicked garlicy version).  I know the basics of the recipe, but I was curious if people are using a dough other than a basic bread dough.

My search lead me to Michael Smith/Chef at Home’s version.  His dough calls for brown sugar and vanilla right in the dough.  Madness, I say!  But I knew I had to give it a try, as Michael Smith has never lead me astray.  I decided to simply follow his recipe this time around.

I didn’t bring my camera into the kitchen until most of the messy work was done.

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All the little doughy morsels have been rolled, dipped in butter, coated in the sugar/cinnamon mixture, packed into the springform pan and risen as directed.

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Am I the only one who likes to watch things bake through the foggy oven window?  The smell of cinnamon filled the house at this point and was making me very hungry!

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After a couple of minutes in the oven (right after I finished trying to take photos through the oven door) I realized that this could make for a messy oven.  I put a baking sheet under my monkey bread.  Good thing – two balls and a some goo made their way out of the pan.

The monkey bread cooled for a few minutes on the counter.  Then spurred by an impatient Curtis, we de-panned and dug in.

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Passable lunch for vacation, no?

This was Curtis’ first monkey bread experience.  His review: “This is the best thing since…EVER!”

Next time – garlic and herb monkey bread!

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