I told you guys that I would be making monkey bread and make monkey bread I did! I’ve had this recipe stored away for what seems like years but never got around to making it since I’m just not up for fussing around in the kitchen first thing in the morning most of the time.
It’s your standard monkey bread recipe but with a simple caramel sauce and loads of pecans! Does it get any better? No, no it doesn’t.
The dough can be made the night before. Let it rise once and then punch it down. Put it in a rather large bowl (because it will continue rising for awhile) and pop it in the fridge. In the morning, there’s no need to wait for the dough to warm – just continue with the recipe.
If you’re looking for the perfect, decadent breakfast, this is definitely it! You should double the caramel though. Just trust me.
Caramel Pecan Monkey Bread
For the dough:
- 1 package (¼ ounce active dry yeast)
- 1-¼ cups warm milk (110F to 115F)
- ⅓ cup butter (melted)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
For the caramel:
- ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup butter (cubed)
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup butter (melted)
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in milk. Add the butter, sugar, eggs, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover let rise until doubled.
- For caramel, in a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter and cream to a boil. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Pour half into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan; sprinkle with half of the pecans.
- Punch dough down; shape into 40 balls (about 1-¼-in. diameter). In a shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place melted butter in another bowl. Dip balls in butter, then roll in sugar mixture.
- Place 20 balls in the tube pan; top with remaining caramel and pecans. Top with remaining balls. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. (Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly.) Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm.