By Katie Jeffrey, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
This scrumptious dessert or brunch recipe is a healthier twist on traditional monkey bread recipes. It will remind you of warm cinnamon sticky buns. You’ll go bananas over this sweet treat!
Prep time: 2 hours for dough; 25 minutes for bread
Bake: 25 minutes at 350°F
Makes: 12 servings
Storage: Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
Reheat in 350°F preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until warm.
1 ¼ cups warm water
¼ cup low-or fat-free milk or nondairy alternative
½ Tbsp. salted butter
2¾ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour or bread flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tbsp. light brown sugar, unpacked
1¼ tsp. salt
1½ tsp. vital wheat gluten (if using bread flour, add ¼ tsp. vital wheat gluten)
2 tsp. rapid rise yeast or 1½ tsp. active dry
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. light brown sugar, unpacked or raw sugar
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, packed or fine raw sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ cup low-fat or fat-free milk or nondairy alternative
¾ Tbsp. salted butter
1. Place all ingredients in the bread maker pan in the order listed. Select dough setting.
2. To make the dry topping, in a small bowl, mix together the sugars and cinnamon; set aside.
3. Remove completed dough from bread maker. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil. Roll 2-inch balls of dough in sugar and cinnamon mixture; layer dough balls in pan. Cover with wax paper and let rise in a warm place (85°F), free from drafts, 35 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
5. Prepare the liquid mixture. In a small saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, brown or raw sugar, cinnamon, milk and butter. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes. Uncover dough and pour mixture evenly over risen dough. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately loosen edges of bread with knife. Place a plate or serving dish upside down on top of pan, and invert bread onto plate or serving dish. Serve warm.