Nothing says summer snack likes s'mores monkey bread! Little balls of sweet bread are coated in graham cracker crumbs and baked with layers of chocolate and marshmallow.
A while ago, I joined a group of bread bakers called Twelve Loaves. The group bakes and blogs about bread once a month, hence twelve loaves a year. Each month has a different theme. It finally worked out that I had the time, and an idea, and joined in to participate. This month's theme is "A Little Something Sweet."
Technically, this bread is a LOT of something sweet. If you've never had monkey bread before, you are missing out. Little balls of sweet yeasted dough are baked together. When served, everyone reaches in and pulls pieces off of the round loaf. The origins of the name "monkey bread" aren't certain. It's an American creation, though food historians guess that the name comes from people pulling apart sections of the loaf in a "monkey-like fashion."
Traditionally, monkey bread is flavored with cinnamon, sugar and chopped pecans. But seeing as this seems to be the "Summer of S'mores" (hello, S'mores Frappuccino and S'mores Oreos!), and s'mores are one of my favorite snacks, I had to give s'mores monkey bread a try.
This snack is a hit with kids and adults alike. Who could resist bite-size pieces of sweetened bread dough coated in sugar and graham cracker, baked with chocolate and marshmallows, and coated in marshmallow glaze? The recipe itself is not hard, though does take some advance planning, as the dough needs to chill overnight. Bring this to your next summer get-together, and you'll be the hero of the party!
For the dough:
- 1 teaspoons package active dry or instant yeast, 2 and ¼
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 cups and ¼ warm whole milk
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
For the coating:
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
For the monkey bread:
- ½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
For the marshmallow glaze:
- 4 ounces mini marshmallows
- 1 tbsp water
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp milk
- ½ tbsp light corn syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Place the warm water in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the yeast and stir to dissolve. Let it sit for 2 minutes. Add the milk, melted butter, sugar, eggs, salt, and 3 cups of the flour. Using the dough hook, beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Lower the speed, and gradually add more flour from the remaining 2 cups, just until a firm dough forms. You may not need all of the remaining 2 cups.
- Scrape the dough onto a floured surface. Firmly and rhythmically knead by hand just until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. The dough is ready when you poke it with your finger and it springs back. Form the dough into a smooth ball Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray, place the dough ball inside, and spray the top of the dough with more spray. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10-12 cup bundt pan (NOT a tube pan) with cooking spray. Set aside. Gently press the cold dough down with your fingertips to release the air bubbles. Flatten into a large disc and use a chef's knife or bench scraper to cut pieces of dough and roll into balls, about 1.25 inches in diameter. You should yield about 40 dough balls.
- Place the ½ cup of sugar and the ½ cup of graham cracker crumbs in a gallon-size ziptop bag. Add the melted butter, seal the bag and shake to combine. Add four to six balls of dough to the bag, seal and shake to coat. Place the coated dough balls in the bundt pan, and repeat with remaining dough balls. Once you have a layer in the bundt pan, sprinkle some of the mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Cover with another layer of dough balls. Sprinkle in more chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, and cover with more dough balls.
- Bake the monkey bread for 30 minutes.
- While the monkey bread is baking, make the glaze: melt the marshmallows with the water in a double boiler over barely simmering water.
- In a separate saucepan, stir together the sugar, milk, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the milk mixture over the marshmallow mixture and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Remove the monkey bread from the oven, and let stand for 10 minutes. Then flip the pan over a serving plate, and tap sharply on a table to help the monkey bread out of the pan. Pour the marshmallow glaze over the monkey bread and serve warm or at room temperature.
Our theme this month is A LITTLE SOMETHING SWEET. For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month's mouthwatering selection of #TwelveLoaves Mexican Breads!
- Apricot Challah from A Shaggy Dough Story
- Blueberry Cheese Danish from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Cinnamon Mocha Swirl Bread from blackberry eating in late september
- Cinnamon Sticky Buns from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gluten-Free Strawberry Lemonade Muffins from Rhubarb and Honey
- Hawaiian Style Sweet Rolls from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Malt Bread from girlichef
- Saffron bread with raisins from TheBreadSheBakes.com
- Salted Chocolate and Marzipan Babka from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- S'mores Monkey Bread from The Redhead Baker
If you'd like to bake along with us this month, share your "A Little Something Sweet" Bread using hashtag #TwelveLoaves!