Brunch, Cakes, Food, Recipes

Cinnamon and Raisins Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is actually not a bread, but a very tasty cake, with many versions. It is made by rolling yeast dough balls in butter and sugar, then baking them together as a whole cake. The pieces of dough can be pulled apart easily, hence the name.

The cake has many versions; in the Hungarian one, walnuts are added to the rolling mixture; other versions use spices, cocoa powder or caramel in the coating mixture.
In too many cases, the cake is made using commercial dough, which produces inferior results. If you’ve tried only these versions and didn’t like the cake, try the following recipe, and I’m sure you’ll change your mind. The combination of fresh, rich yeast dough, with the cinnamon-sugar coating, is irresistible.

* Buttermilk powder helps keep the dough soft and adds another layer of flavor. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, it is also available online.
* The dough is also suitable for making soft rolls, cinnamon rolls or Challa bread.

Makes: 16-18 portions
Proofing time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes

For the starter:
1 cup warm milk
½ cup warm water
1 Tbs sugar
1 packet (½ oz, 7 grams) dried yeast
For the dough:
4 cups flour
½ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ cup buttermilk powder
1 stick (115 grams) butter, very soft
2 L eggs
½ cup golden raisins (optional)
For rolling the dough:
1 cup sugar
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 stick (115 grams) butter, melted

1. In a small bowl, mix the milk, water, sugar and yeast. Cover and let stand in a warm place until the yeast foams.
2. In the mixer bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and buttermilk powder. Add the yeast mixture, along with the butter and eggs. Mix, with the dough hook, on low speed, scraping the sides occasionally, until the dough starts to come together. Increase the speed to medium-high and knead for 5-6 minutes. Add the raisins and mix again briefly. The dough will be quite soft.

3. Lightly oil a large bowl. Add the dough and turn it in, to cover with oil on all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for about 3 hours, until it doubles its volume. Punch down the dough, knead lightly, and cover the bowl again. Let stand in a warm place for 2 hours. Punch down the dough again, knead lightly and divide into 34-36 small balls.

4. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Butter a large fluted pan with a bit of the melted butter. Roll each dough ball in the melted butter and then in the sugar-cinnamon mix. Place the balls in the pan, side by side, in two layers. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 30 minutes.

5. Preheat the oven to 360F (180C). Uncover the pan and place in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes. Let sit in the pan for 5 minutes, before turning it upside-down on a serving plate. Serve warm.

55 thoughts on “Cinnamon and Raisins Monkey Bread”

  1. Yummy! I am salivating thinking about the fresh smell of this cinnamon concoction baking in the oven. Now that I think about it, I wonder if our local café made pull apart donuts based on monkey bread. It surely does make it easier to eat. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Annika, I’m glad you liked the recipe.
      I’ve found out about buttermilk powder through another blog. It gives yeast dough a wonderful softer texture. It’s also great mixed with water, if you don’t have fresh buttermilk at hand. I like using it in pancakes. I highly recommend trying it. 🙂

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  2. Oh yum! I’ve never heard the term !monkey bread” before, but this type of cake is something very familiar to me 🙂 it’s a common holiday-banquet-table type of thing over here – my gran used to make one just like this but I never got the chance to snag the recipe, so thanks a lot for this one! I’ll try it as soon as I get my hands on an oven again~

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    1. Thank you Diana, I’m glad this post evoked such nice memories of your grandmother’s cake. The version for the dough I have here is something I came up with, so it could be somewhat different that the one she made. I hope you’ll enjoy it just as well. 🙂

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  3. I was thinking about doing a picnic with friends and this seems like the perfect recipe to make! I’ll certainly save this recipe

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    1. Thank you Glenn, I’m glad you liked the recipe. This type of cake is perfect for a picnic people have so much fun taking it apart. Hope you and your friends will enjoy it. I’ll be happy to hear your comments.
      Good luck with your blog! 🙂

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