Apple Monkey Bread

Another long pause in posting. But fall is a happenin’ month for food: apple, pumpkin, cranberries, pear, plum… I love the fall.

So here’s another recipe to add to your fall season! Remember Squash bread is also popular this time of year.. and please eat Pretzels for Oktoberfest!!

Monkey bread will impress a party and is really easy to make. I’ve made this before, but I decided to change the recipe a little and add apple. I used a brioche recipe, adapted from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.

Apple Monkey Bread


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You can proof yeast (or make sponge) with:

1/4 cup warm milk & 1/4 cup warm cream (whatever you have)

2 tsp instant or active yeast

1/2 cup bread flour

Dough:

Sponge

3 eggs

3 cups bread flour

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup butter (softened)

1 tsp salt

1 cup apple, peeled, cored and diced

Make Sponge and let sit for around 30 min.


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Mix Sponge and eggs with a whisk or in a mixer with the paddle attachment, until well combined.


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Mix flour, sugar, salt together then add to liquid mixture. Stir with spoon until combined, or in a mixer for 2 minutes.

Let rest for 5 min.


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Then add softened butter until well combined. Use a little flour if it’s sticky, and knead for 10 minutes. At the last 2 minutes of kneading, add the diced apple. It should be silky and smooth.


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Let rise until double ( about an hour and a half).


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Get a bundt pan ready, slather a lot of butter on there ( I used 1/2 cup) because that’ll make the bread nice and juicy.


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Cut the dough into little balls, about an inch round, shape into ball, dip in melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar. I melt about 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup for us Canadians!) and then I usually go through 2 bowls of cinnamon sugar cause the butter gets it all clumpy eventually..


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Build up the balls in the buttered pan.


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I pour the remaining amount of butter right on the balls.


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Then let rise until double.


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Bake at 375°F for 35 minutes. When the top is pretty dark, you know it’s ready. Remove from pan right away and cool on rack. If you leave it in the pan (which I did once), the bread will stick and it’ll all fall apart like this:


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Also, you can give it a double dose of sugar and make some icing! I made apple cider icing by reducing a cup of apple cider down to 1/4 cup then adding enough icing sugar to make it thick. You could also use maple syrup.


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Eat and enjoy!! Also warm it back up to enjoy again!

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