Since it takes several hours of rising time, this sweet snack is a good project to start mid-morning and continue through the day, letting the kids help at each step. Dipping the dough balls in butter and sugar is a little messy, but kids love it. Set up the dipping station at the kitchen table, so you can easily sponge up the crumbs later!
|2 tablespoons granulated sugar||1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened|
|1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)||2 3/4 to 3 cups flour|
|3/4 cup warm milk (about 115 degrees F)||1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted, for the coating|
|2 tablespoons light brown sugar||1/2 cup sugar, for the coating|
|1 teaspoon salt||1/2 cup dark brown sugar, for the coating|
|2 eggs||2 teaspoons cinnamon, for the coating|
Whisk the granulated sugar and yeast into the warm milk and let it sit for 10 minutes, until there’s a frothy head on top.
In a large bowl, combine the milk and yeast mixture with the light brown sugar, salt, eggs and 1/2 stick butter and whisk to combine. (The butter may not be fully incorporated yet.) Gradually stir in the flour to make a soft dough.
Put the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
After dough has risen, put the melted butter in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine the sugars for the coating and cinnamon. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use a sharp knife to divide it into 24 pieces. The dough will be very soft, but don’t be tempted to add flour. Just dip each piece into the melted butter, then turn it in the sugar to coat and place it in a Bundt pan or a tube pan. Stack the pieces evenly in the pan as you go.
When all the pieces of dough are stacked evenly in the pan, pour any remaining sugar and butter over the bread. Cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap and let the dough ring rise for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Uncover the pan and bake for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the monkey bread is puffy and golden. Remove and instantly turn out the pan onto a serving platter.
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