Monkey Bread – Also known as Monkey Brains

Galit showed me this recipe just as I told a friend that I’d eat anything, even monkey brains. These two incidents might not appear related however Monkey Bread has some alternative names including, you guessed it, Monkey Brains. Also Bubble Loaf, Sticky Bread and Pinch Me Loaf.

Monkey Bread is an American favourite dating from the 1950s. Most Americans make it with frozen biscuit dough but the original recipes were bread, like this one. It is an ideal recipe to make with kids.

Monkey Bread
An ideal recipe to make with kids.
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Ingredients for dough
  1. 85 ml lukewarm milk
  2. 15 grams active dry yeast (or 30 grams fresh yeast)
  3. 500 grams all purpose flour
  4. 3 eggs, room temperature and beaten
  5. 75 grams sugar
  6. 12 grams salt
  7. 100 grams cold butter cut into cubes
Ingredients for topping
  1. Bowl with 150 grams of melted butter that has returned to room temperature
  2. Bowl with 300 grams of Demerara sugar mixed with 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon
  3. 15 nuts (usually pecans) whole or chopped
Instructions for dough
  1. Mix milk and yeast in a bowl
  2. Leave until the yeast activates, about 10 min
  3. Add flour, eggs, sugar and salt to bowl
  4. Knead by hand until forms a hard ball (about 10 min)
  5. Add butter gradually and keep kneading until butter disappears (about 2 min)
  6. Shape into ball
  7. Place in oiled bowl and cover with towel
  8. Leave to rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size (about 1.5 hours)
  9. Knock back
Instructions for bread
  1. Grease ring cake tin
  2. Cut dough into balls of 30 grams each
  3. Dip a dough ball into butter
  4. dip a dough ball into cinnamon and sugar
  5. Put a dough ball into loaf tin interspersed with nuts
  6. Repeat for the rest of the dough balls
  7. Cover and rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 30 min)
  8. Heat Oven to 180º C
  9. Bake until cake is risen and golden, and a toothpick comes out dry
  10. Cool for 15 min
  11. Turn out upside down onto a cooling rack
  12. Rip apart with your bare hands helped by small children
  1. Also known as Monkey Brains, Bubble Loaf, Sticky Bread and Pinch Me Loaf.
  2. Although I found recipes that used a mixer with a dough hook I found it much better to knead by hand. The hard dough is quite hard for a machine to deal with. And adding butter also caused the machine some aggravation. But hands worked a treat.
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