Those who have eaten this monkeybread know - it's amazing. I know that you're salivating right now from thinking about it. Those who have not had this bread before should probably rectify this situation very soon, if not right now. It doesn't take very long to make, and it can be enjoyed day, night, and anytime that your brain can justify reasons to eat it.
(Pull-apart Cinnamon Roll Bites)
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- To make the dough...In a large mixing bowl, Dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm milk, and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
- Add the melted butter, vanilla extract, eggs, and salt to the milk mixture.
- Stir in about 4 cups of flour, until the dough it pliable to start kneading. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, adding enough of the remaining flour until the dough is smooth and firm, but not sticky to the touch. You can tell the dough is ready when you poke the dough, and it springs back a little.
- Grab another large mixing bowl and grease the bowl sides with vegetable oil.
- Form the dough into a ball and place it in the oiled bowl. Use a little more oil to coat the entire dough ball lightly.
- Cover the dough bowl with a kitchen towel, and place the bowl in a warm spot in the kitchen (~70°F). Let the dough rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size. The rise times will vary depending on how warm or cool your kitchen is, so be flexible!
- While the dough is rising, make the cinnamon sugar coating. In a small bowl, mix together the both brown and cane sugar with cinnamon. In another small bowl, mix the melted butter and honey. Set both bowls aside.
- When the dough has doubled in size, uncover the dough bowl and gently punch the dough to release the large air bubbles. Tear the dough into pieces and roll into 1" balls.
- Grease a large cake pan with vegetable oil, and preheat the oven to 350°F.
- For each dough ball, dip it in the melted butter, coat it in the cinnamon sugar, and place it in the greased cake pan. Do this until all the balls are nestled snugly in the cake pan.
- Mix together any remaining melted honey butter and cinnamon sugar, and pour the mixture over the dough balls.
- Bake the bread for another 35 minutes until the top of the bread is golden brown.
- Let the bread cool for 10 minutes before you tear away for consumption. Remember, you can drizzle the baked bread with some melted caramel or chocolate if you want to make it extra decadent! :)