One of my favorite memories of visiting my Aunt Cheryl’s house was monkey bread in the morning! Not only were pulling off the little balls of cinnamon dough fun and delicious, I equate this food memory with holidays at her house.
I recently found a vegan monkey bread recipe that I have adapted to our tastes. We made it yesterday, and my house was full of little monkeys!
The hardest part of this recipe was finding a bundt cake pan that was not non-stick. I eventually found Dr. Oetker’s Enamel Bundt Pan .
Organic, Spelt Monkey Bread
To make the dough, combine in a food processor or stand mixer. Mix on low with dough hook or blade:
- 1/2 cup organic spelt flour
- 3 cups organic unbleached white flour
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
In a pan, heat to body temperature (not too hot or too cold or the yeast will not be happy):
- 1 cup almond, rice, soy, or cow milk (I used soy)
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter or margarine (I used butter. I don’t like margarine)
- 1/4 cup organic sugar
After it is warm, dissolve:
- 1 Tablespoon yeast
Slowly pour this mixture into the flour and salt while the processor/mixer is on. After mixed, knead the dough on a floured surface for about five minutes. Next, place it in a buttered/greased bowl, cover with a towel, and let it rise for 50 minutes in a warm place (85 degrees is perfect if you have an oven that proofs bread).
- 3/4 cup of organic butter or margarine
Combine in a separate bowl:
- 1 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pat the dough into a rectangle on a floured surface. Then cut with a pizza cutter into 64 pieces (start by cutting it into fourths, then fourths again). Form a ball out of each piece of dough, place it in the melted butter, then coat it in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. The kids love helping at this stage! Drop it into a buttered/greased bundt pan, continuing to layer the balls. Pour any leftover butter and sugar/cinnamon on the top. When finished, cover with a towel, and let rise for another 50 minutes in a warm place.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes, then turn upside down and dump onto a plate. Enjoy!