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Caramel Monkey Bread

by Nick Makrides
Caramel being drizzled on Caramel Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is like a giant donut but instead it’s made up of soft little pillows of dough, covered in a cinnamon sugar. My Caramel Monkey Bread takes things to another level with a generous drizzled of salted caramel sauce which makes things sticky and delicious!

Nicks favourite thing…

Monkey bread is an indulgent sweet bread made up of little pillows of soft and spiced dough. Covered in a thin layer of crispy baked spiced sugar and drizzle in caramel sauce! It’s easy to make, perfect during cooler weather and so yum!

Close up of open Caramel Monkey Bread

What does it taste like?

The dough is slightly sweet, but is perfectly paired with my home-made salted caramel sauce. What I really love is how each dough ball is covered in a cinnamon sugar which when baked, results in a thin layer of crispiness! So yum when served warm.

Hand holding a piece of Caramel Monkey Bread

What are the ingredients I need?

Ingredients list for Caramel Monkey Bread

Milk – I used cows milk, but almond milk will also work.

Unsalted butter – you can use salted, just leave the salt out of the recipe.

Eggs – I used large eggs.

Bread flour – bread flour is a higher gluten flour and is perfect for doughs and breads like this recipe. The dough in this is similar to bread but still soft and pillowy.

Caster sugar – also known as superfine sugar.

Salt – I used fine salt.

Salted Caramel Sauce – a delicious caramel sauce that is slightly salty which elevates the caramel flavour and cuts through the sweetness.

Brown sugar – light or dark is fine.

Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg – these spices make this dessert feel warm and indulgent.

Let’s go through each step.

Monkey Bread

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  1. Add the milk and butter to a heatproof jug and microwave for 60 seconds.
  2. Add the eggs and whisk until well combined. Set aside.

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  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the bread flour, instant yeast, caster sugar and salt. Mix to combine.
  2. Next, add the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Continue mixing the dough on low speed for 3-4 minutes until it’s smooth.

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  1. Cover the bowl and place in a warm spot to let the dough rise for 1 hour.
  2. Take the cover off and punch the dough.

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  1. Sprinkle your workbench with a little flour and place your dough on dough. Sprinkle with a little more flour and form into a ball. Then using a knife or bench scraper cut the dough in half. Then in half again.
  2. Then roll each piece into a log

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  1. Cut each log into 8 pieces.
  2. Roll each piece into a ball.

Sugar Sprinkle

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  1. Add the brown sugar, caster sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg into a small bowl and use a whisk to combine.

Assembly

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350° Brush a bundt pan with some melted butter.
  2. Add a layer of dough balls.

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  1. Brush with some melted butter.
  2. Sprinkle with some of the sugar sprinkle.

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  1. Then add half of the remaining balls and repeat until all the dough balls are in the bundt pan.
  2. Finish with a sprinkle of the sugar mixture. Bake for 35 minutes until well risen and golden.

To take out of the pan

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  1. Simply tap the bundt pan on your workbench two times,
  2. Turn upside down and tap to encourage it to come out. If some of it sticks, it’s ok, this cake looks a little messy anyway.

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  1. Once cooled slightly, drizzle with some salted caramel sauce. Serve.

My Top Tips!

  • I would recommend putting on a podcast when rolling the dough balls. It can be a little time consuming.
  • If you want an even softer dough, let it rise after you’ve put all the dough balls in the bundt pan for an extra hour before baking.
  • The bundt pan I used was tall, but you can use a slightly shorter bundt pan if that’s what you have.

Caramel being drizzled on Caramel Monkey Bread 02

Other Caramel Recipes You Might Like!

Close up Caramel Monkey Bread

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Caramel being drizzled on Caramel Monkey Bread

Caramel Monkey Bread

Serves 8

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Hungary

Ingredients

Monkey Bread

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup salted caramel sauce

Sugar Sprinkle

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


Instructions

Monkey Bread

  • Add the milk and butter to a heatproof jug and microwave for 60 seconds. Add the eggs and whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the bread flour, instant yeast, caster sugar and salt. Mix to combine. Then add the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Continue mixing the dough on low speed for 3-4 minutes until it’s smooth. Cover the bowl and place in a warm spot to let the dough rise for 1 hour.
  • Take the cover off and punch the dough. Sprinkle your workbench with a little flour and place your dough on dough. Sprinkle with a little more flour and form into a ball. Then using a knife or bench scraper cut the dough in half. Then in half again. Then roll each piece into a log and cut into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.

Sugar Sprinkle

  • Add the brown sugar, caster sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg into a small bowl and use a whisk to combine.

Let's Assemble

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
  • Brush a bundt pan with some melted butter. Add a layer of dough balls and brush with some melted butter. Sprinkle with some of the sugar sprinkle. Then add half of the remaining balls and repeat until all the dough balls are in the bundt pan. Finish with a sprinkle of the sugar mixture.Bake for 35 minutes until well risen and golden.

To Take Out Of The Pan

  • Simply tap the bundt pan on your workbench two times, turn upside down and tap to encourage it to come out. If some of it sticks, it’s ok, this cake looks a little messy anyway. Once cooled slightly, drizzle with some salted caramel sauce. Serve.

Notes

Storage
This cake is best served the day it’s made.

Nutrition

Calories : 640kcal
Carbonhydrates: 81g
Protein: 11g
Fat: 26g
Saturated Fat: 16g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
Monounsaturated Fat : 7g
Trans Fat : 1g
Cholesterol: 104mg
Sodium: 281mg
Potassium : 224mg
Fiber: 3g
Sugar : 17g
Vitamin A: 835IU
Vitamin C: 1mg
Calcium: 88mg
Iron: 1mg
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