A new year, a new recipe crossed off the list. The List. If I ever thought that starting a food blog would shorten it, of course I was wrong by a gazillion light years. The List is relentless in it’s urgency, each item more important than the last one, which seemed so urgent at the time.
So, what’s on your bucket list as you start the year? You might find what you need today here, or you might just add a few dozen new ones. That’s how good the list of recipes is.
The List has two types of recipes, the ones I need to tackle because of a certain technique I want to master and the ones that just need to be made because I’ve been wanting to for ever, and that is a long time according to the years I’ve been cooking, like this monkey bread.
I don’t think I ever saw a monkey bread pic that I didn’t find amazing. Yet here I am making it for the first time.
This recipe is from Mel who has an amazing blog. Really, that woman can come up with some of the most incredible recipes. Not to mention the cutest kids. I know, I know, your kids are the cutest.
Before the last rise
Little balls of bread dipped first in butter and then in brown sugar with cinnamon, and baked until a caramel like situation forms around them. It’s like the best combination ever, for breakfast, snack, movie watching, the perfect sugar/starch craving soother. Or just because you wanted to make something really decadent and fun to eat.
You probably have every ingredient in your house. You can use white sugar only, or another spice or citrus zest, or a boozy glaze, which of course I did, the latter. I added rum instead of milk, because I really can’t help myself. Please, please eat it while it’s warm. And then lick your fingers.
My sugar coated balls of dough look two different colors because they were. I ran out of light brown sugar and had to go with dark brown for the last part.
Mine unmolded pretty nicely, something that is achieved only if done within the first minutes after taking it out of the oven, but three pics later it started to fall apart. Which made it even more impossible not to start eating at once.
After all it was falling apart. Interesting how fast one can pop these bites and not even realize a huge chunk of monkey bread is gone.
One last thing. About that dipping in melted butter and then in sugar. You have two hands, and it’s a good decision to use one for each chore. So, if you don’t follow my advice and end up with two hands thickly buttered and sugared, so much that you have to wash them before you realize you’ve done it again, and again, and again, don’t come here to complain.
A baker for more than 30 years, I love testing recipes and sharing the best of what I find. I'm mostly self-taught with some time spent in baking school. I believe we can all be bakers and cooks with the right instructions and simple ingredients. If you're craving easy recipes with amazing results, you're in the right place. Let's get into the kitchen!