Gooey Caramel Monkey Bread

If you’re looking for some delicious new cakes, breads, and pastries to add to your repertoire, we’ve found an amazing new recipe for you. This one’s for Gooey Caramel Monkey Bread, and it’s bound to be a show-stopping crowd-pleaser at your next family meal or gathering. This recipe is not only quick, it’s also easy. It only takes five ingredients to pull it all together and it can be ready in an hour. Monkey Bread is also known as the bread of a thousand names! If you haven’t heard of it, perhaps you’ve come across one of its aliases, like “sticky bread”, “golden crown”, “African coffee cake”, “bubble loaf”, “pinch me cake”, “monkey brains”, or even “monkey puzzle bread” – whew! That’s a lot of nicknames for one simple cake.

And what is this Monkey Bread, exactly? Well, it’s a sweet bread, for one thing, and considered to be a pastry as well. It’s also very gooey and sticky, and it’s often served for breakfast or any time of the day as a very special treat. It’s a popular delicacy at fairs and festivals, circuses and carnivals – much like candy apples, popcorn, and cotton candy! It’s made up of small pieces of baked soft sweet yeast dough with melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar sprinkled all over it. Yum! And, if the baker is really clever with texture and flavour, she’ll also add chopped pecans on top.

The most important thing to remember about Monkey Bread is that it’s supposed to be served hot! Why? So you’ll be able to peel off the sweet little bread pieces by hand and eat them, one by one – by one! Double yum! And, have you noticed? No knives are required for serving this scrumptious cake. There will be fewer dishes to wash, but please keep a few sturdy napkins nearby. Look out KFC; this fine food is truly finger-licking good!

Monkey Bread, as far as we know, is a classic American treat and is, for the most part, unheard of in the rest of the world. Its first appearance traces back to women’s magazines in the United States, as well as cookbooks published in the 1950s. And, as you may have already guessed, this bread recipe does not actually call for real live monkeys! Then why is it called Monkey Bread? Apparently because, once baked, all of the bread pieces placed alongside each other – and on top of each other - resemble a “barrel of monkeys”. Sweet!

You can find this super easy-peasy recipe for Monkey Bread over at the Betty Crocker website. It comes with a five star rating and tons of positive comments from the happy bakers who have tried it. In addition to the traditional toppings, it includes a generous drizzling of CARAMEL on top! It doesn’t call for pecans but you can use your imagination. Pecans, walnuts, and almond pieces could all make for delicious sprinkles or perhaps you’ll come up with one of your own.

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