Easy Homemade Monkey Bread (2 Ways)

Homemade monkey bread should be the greatest bite of bread you've ever had. Not only are we going to do that, but we are using homemade dough to bring it all home. Masala sticky caramel for the sweet, and sesame garlic Parmigiano for the savory.


INGREDIENTS:

Monkey Bread

Garam Masala Sticky Bun Bread

(Dough, make two separate batches)

  • 1 1/2 cups (375g) whole milk

  • 2 1/4teaspoons instant yeast

  • 1/4 cup (52g) granulated sugar

  • 4 1/4 cups (640g) all-purpose, flour

  • 1 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 6 tablespoons (82g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

  • Additional melted butter for brushing (about ¼ cup(56g)

Spiced Sugar

  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon garam masala

  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

Rum Caramel-

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed

  • 5.5 tablespoons dark rum

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cinnamon stick charred

Sesame Parmigiano Garlic Monkey bread:

Dip:

  • 1x batch of monkey bread dough recipe

  • 1/2 cup melted salted butter

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic

  • 2 cup parmigiano reggiano, finely grated

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped

  • butter for brushing (put 1/4 cup butter in the tiny stainless butter pan we use)


INSTRUCTIONS:

Garam Masala Sticky Bun Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350F

  2. Combine milk (95F) and yeast, set it to the side.

  3. In a stand mixer bowl, combine flour, sugar and sea salt. Mix, using the hook attachment, mix on medium speed and slowly add melted butter. (can’t be hot)

  4. Once the butter is incorporated add the milk with the yeast and 2 large eggs, let it mix for 2 to 3 min or until it is homogenous and smooth.

  5. On a flat floured work surface, slap and fold the dough for another minute or two until very smooth. Put the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 10min.

  6. Slap and fold for 2 more minutes. Put it back in the greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours at room temperature.

  7. Place your dough on a flat floured surface and divide it into 45 small pieces. (28 to 30 grams each), and roll into balls, toss a ball in cinnamon sugar, if it doesn't stick then roll in butter then roll in cinnamon sugar, place into a greased bundt pan or loaf pan and repeat until you use all the dough.

  8. Pour hot glaze and bake at 350 F for 35 to 45 min. Take it out of the oven and let it rest for 5 min. Inverted on a large plate or a cake stand. Remove the top and add as much caramel as necessary. Serve hot, preferably.

Spiced Sugar

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, garam masala, and fresh ground nutmeg and whisk it together.

Glaze

  1. In a saucepan combine butter and sugar on medium-low heat.

  2. Increase the heat and bring it to a low simmer for 1 min.

  3. Put your glaze while it is hot over your masala monkey bread.

Rum Caramel-

  1. In a medium saucepan add sugar and water, make sure the sugar is fully coated with the water, heat it the over-medium low until the sugar is dissolved.

  2. Lightly char the cinnamon stick using a kitchen torch or on your stovetop, and add it to the sugar, let it simmer for 5 to 8 min, (do not stir) or until the sugar turns golden brown.

  3. Add the butter and begin whisking immediately, once the butter is melted and emulsified, whisk in your heavy cream until all of it is added. Remove from the heat and whisk in the rum.

  4. Take the cinnamon stick out, place it into a heat-proof container, add the caramel. Allow cooling to room temperature.

Sesame Parmigiano Garlic Monkey bread:

Dip:

  1. Divide dough into 45 small pieces. (28 to 30 gr.), and roll into balls.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine, cheese, garlic, and thyme, mix well.

  3. Dip the balls, one by one in the melted butter (not hot) and then roll in the cheese mix, place into a greased bundt. Alternate this process by going back and forth between sesame and cheese mix so you get an array of different coatings until you’ve used all your balls. Repeat this alternating the coatings, and use all the dough.

  4. Take any remaining cheese mixture and mix it with any remaining melted butter. Mix those and pour half of that on top of the dough.

  5. Cover with plastic and proof for 20min.

  6. Remove plastic wrap and bake 350F for 35 to 45 min or until golden brown, let it cool down for 5 min. Invert and brush with butter.