Despite having to do a bit of work remotely this 4th of July, I decided to make a new dessert that would most certainly create a buzz in my house. Every Southerner loves bacon + sweets, and because I’m a true Southern girl at heart, I chose to create something that contained both. Monkey bread was always something I grew up hearing about but never had the opportunity to try. Usually, people make it the easier way by using Pillsbury dough instead of going through the trouble of letting their dough rise, etc. And while I’m sure it tastes just as great, those of you who have followed me thus far, are already aware of the fact that I truly enjoy making every component of my recipe from scratch (unless I’m feeling lazy of course) Haha!
Anyway, the typical Monkey bread is made of cinnamon or maybe caramel for a bit more gooey-ness. However, I chose to add my two favorite things –Maple syrup + bacon and wallah! Perfection!
Rest assured, it’s not too sweet despite all of maple syrup that is added. Also, the yeast makes the bread super light and fluffy so it’s lots of Yummy-ness all around! The other great thing about this dessert is that it can be pulled a part easily since it is entirely made up of small balls of dough tightly fitted in a bundt pan. Cool, right? Besides, who says that it has to be eaten only during dessert anyway? Feel free to grab a bite for breakfast or even as a late night snack. It’s that good and not too sweet at all!
More importantly, the prep time takes a while since you have to let the yeast rise in the beginning and then a second time again once the balls are formed within the bundt pan. No worries! It’s still easy and makes for a great recipe to multi-task through while you’re in the process of making something else. Just as an FYI, be sure to use ONLY warm ingredients where noted when adding to the yeast. I definitely had to make this recipe over again after making my milk and melted butter WAY too hot, which killed the yeast and made the dough EXTRA firm! Let’s just say that my Monkey bread wasn’t jumping for joy and neither was I! Haha! Thankfully, I was able to redeem myself after re-doing everything and it definitely made a difference to have my ingredients warm. Who knew? So be careful because yeast is tricky!
Anyway, along with the great dinner my husband and I made (Coca-cola wings, Sweet Potato Casserole, + Salad), this dessert was a treat! Although our 4th of July was spent indoors, we did enjoy the great fireworks later on that night and still salvaged a great sweet treat to go along with it. Be sure to check out the recipe below if you decide to give it a go!
- 1 package yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 1/4 cup warm milk (nothing less than 2% milk can be used due to the fat content needed)
- 1/3 cup butter (melted)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 cups flour
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup cooked bacon (minced small)
In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water (Make sure that it is NOT hot). Add warm milk, melted butter, sugar, eggs, salt and half of the flour (2 1/2 cups).
Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until well combined. Then stir in remaining flour until it forms a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 7-8 minutes) OR use the kneading piece from your KitchenAid mixer.
Place in a lightly greased bowl (using olive oil on a paper towel) and turn over to get the whole dough ball greasy. Cover and let rise for about an hour or until dough doubles in size.
When dough is risen, punch it down and form into 35-40 small balls.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pour about 1/3 of the maple syrup in a bundt pan and sprinkle with 1/3 of the bacon crumbles. Place 20 or so of the dough balls in the bundt pan. Top with another 1/3 of the syrup and bacon. Add remaining dough balls and top with remaining syrup and bacon. Cover and let rise about 40 minutes, until doubled in size again.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes or so, then turn up-side down onto a serving plate.
Lightly dress with a little more maple syrup on top if desired. Wallah!