A Little Monkey Bread to Sweeten Our Day

A Little Monkey Bread to Sweeten Our Day

Today called for something sweet, something comforting, something that could take our minds away from current events.  Why?  Because today was tough… tonight my son (who is 17) had a Zoom call with his soccer team.  He’s been playing soccer since he was 3 and has been playing with this particular group of guys for years.  The call started out the way teammates who know each other really well always do, with the boys teasing each other.  Tonight’s teasing was over their unruly hair styles, each of them long overdue for needed haircuts, some of them having taken matters into their own hands were sporting man buns and mullets (apparently those are a thing again???).  I had to laughed as they took turns harmlessly commenting.  Coach let them have their fun and then got to business. 

The purpose of the call was to discuss the rules and regulations they would need to follow as they begin to hold practices again.   The coach asked them to familiarize themselves with the rules they would need to follow, sign waivers, and, as the oldest group in the club, be role models for the younger teams, all with the uncertainty of when (or if) they might be able to play an actual game again.  As I watched my son, I saw his demeanor change.   He went from laughing with the guys to carrying the weight of the times on his shoulders.  My heart broke. I could see in his eyes how much he misses playing, misses these guys, misses his old life. I wanted to do something for him, something to cheer him up.

What to do?  Bake of course!  So, I went to visit a blog that I love for inspiration, Allergylicious.   As I browsed through the site, drooling over the beautiful pictures, I found exactly what I was looking for…  Monkey Bread.  Allergy-friendly, super comforting and absolutely delicious.  It took some time to make it, so if you want to try it, plan accordingly.   But it was so totally worth it!!  Here’s the recipe –

Yield: 12

Homemade Monkey Bread

Classic monkey bread with a Vegan twist, made from homemade sweet dough, rolled in cinnamon then drizzled in sugary goodness.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

BISCUITS:

  • 6 C. 1-1 gluten-free flour blend (we like Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 6 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 C. dairy free butter (Earth Balance)
  • 2 1/4 C. dairy-free milk (we love Good Karma Flax Milk)

CINNAMON COATING:

  • 4 TB cinnamon
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 2/3 C. brown sugar
  • 3/4 C. dairy free butter, melted

VANILLA GLAZE

  • 1 C. confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 TB. coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

Make The Dough:

  1. Using a stand mixer, combine the flour, baking powder and salt on low.
  2. Add in the butter a little at a time until soft dough starts to form.
  3. Add dairy-free milk and beat on medium speed approx 20 seconds, so the dough is soft. Set aside.

Make The Cinnamon Coating:

  1. Melt the 1/2 C. of the butter in a small bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and cane sugar. You will use the brown sugar and additional butter later.
  3. Lightly spray your bundt pan with non-stick spray.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into 1″ thick square. Cut into smaller squares and form each square into moderate size dough balls (should have around 40-45 total).
  5. Dip each ball, one by one, into melted butter and then into cinnamon sugar mix until evenly coated. Place each ball into the bundt pan, arranging in even layers, working up the sides of the pan.
  6. Melt the remaining 1/4 cup of butter and whisk in the brown sugar until combined. Pour the buttery mixture over the cinnamon sugar biscuits. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown on top. Cool for 5-10 minutes and invert onto a large serving plate to release the Monkey Bread.

MAKE THE GLAZE:

  1. Whisk the confectioner’s sugar. coconut milk and vanilla and drizzle over the cooled Monkey Bread before serving.

Notes

Will last approximately 3 days but tastes best on Day 1.

  • If using GF flour, be sure to check if Xanthan Gum is required then add as recommended.
  • You can also make this using all-purpose flour.

© Nicole Dawson – Allergylicious Monkey Bread

I made this with all purpose flour as we do not need to be gluten free and it came out great.  I also used Planet Oat oatmilk and MELT buttery sticks.  It was delicious and definitely sweetened up our day.  Thank you Allergylicious! 



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