Rustic, Joyful Food blog creator Danielle Kartes is in the kitchen making the ultimate easy dessert recipe – Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread.
Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread
Serves up to 6 people
- 2 tsp. Quick yeast
- 1 cup warm milk
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tbsp. Soft butter
- 1 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp. Sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup applesauce
- Liberally butter and sugar a bundt pan and set aside.
- Bloom yeast in warm milk for 5 minutes.
- Once the yeast is foamy, add to the bowl of a stand mixer with remaining dough ingredients*. Using the dough hook, mix 6-7 minutes. This can also be done by hand.
- Allow dough to rest 2-3 minutes and knead again 6-7 minutes**.
- Cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rise 45 minutes in a warm place or proofing drawer.
- To assemble, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Divide dough in half, then divide both halves in two.
- Repeat this process until you have 32 even pieces.
- Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow, wide bowl.
- Melt butter in another bowl.
- Dip the small piece of dough in the melted butter, roll it in cinnamon sugar, and place into the buttered and sugared bundt pan. Repeat the process until you’ve coated every piece of dough.
- After every third dough portion has been placed into the bundt pan, add applesauce in 1 tbsp. Increments to the pan until you’ve successfully evenly distributed applesauce in and around the coated dough portions.
- Drizzle remaining butter over the top of the finished bundt as well as any remaining cinnamon sugar.
- Allow to proof 15-20 minutes and bake 45-55 minutes in a preheated 350°f oven. Allow to cool for five minutes, then invert the pan onto a plate and enjoy. Best served warm.
* If the dough is too wet, add flour 1 tbsp. At a time.
* Feel free to add warm milk in 1/4 cup increments if you’re dough is too dry. Allow dough to rest 10 additional minutes for every 1/4 cup added.
** At this point, if you have a bread machine, add the remaining dough ingredients to the bread machine and choose the dough setting.
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