Good Morning readers, have you heard about, or tasted Monkey Bread? I have to admit it’s pretty new to me also. At first I presumed it was a type of banana bread… well monkey’s like banana’s?? But no, monkey bread has nothing to do with banana’s.
So what is our latest US recipe import, commonly known as monkey bread? It is simply a brioche style bread which is rolled into little balls, coated in cinnamon sugar and placed altogether in a cake tin. The monkey bread is usually soaked in a sweet sticky syrup before being baked in a cake tin. Then, more syrup is poured over the bread once it’s cooked. Apparently it’s usually served as a breakfast or brunch dish.
Have you ever wondered where the term “Monkey Bread” came from? Well, as usual the answer is a little unclear. It’s thought that it may have initially been called “Monkey Puzzle Bread” because of it’s likeness to the fruit of the money puzzle tree.
My research suggested the recipe first appeared in American women’s magazines in the 1950s. The way the bread is pieced together in balls allows it to be served in segments that are easily torn away with fingers.
It is certainly is a sticky, sweet treat.
I decided that we wouldn’t forgo our usual breakfast for the bread. As much as I was tempted I thought the teachers would prefer I didn’t send my kids to school “jacked up on sugar.” I decided to served the bread with custard and more caramel sauce, and call it dessert. Surprisingly it wasn’t as sweet as I’d imagined. (Maybe the teachers would have survived?)
Anyway, this is a fabulous recipe. I am giving the instructions for Thermomix users, Bread Maker users and those that make their bread by hand.
As I wandered the internet I noticed that if you were in America, and wanted to make this recipe you can actually buy pre-made frozen dough! It would be a very simple recipe if the dough was in the freezer already. For better or worse, in Australia frozen dough “isn’t a thing.” Although, making dough really isn’t difficult. I’ve made the dough from scratch and the recipe is included here.
What do you think dear readers. Is this a dish that you’re curious about too. I have to say, I’m pleased this recipe is in my repitoire and I would absolutely make it for a brunch with friends.
Don’t forget to pin the recipe for later.
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