It's been a really long time since I've made this, but it came back to me like riding a bike. Actually better then riding bike! I believe I'm one of few people who the saying "it's like riding a bike" does not apply to.
You will need:
- 2 (1lb.) loaves of frozen white bread dough (please do the world, and your taste buds, a favor and DON'T use biscuit dough. I don't understand why anyone would?)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Place 2 frozen loaves on a plate sprayed with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap.Thaw the 2 loaves of dough in the fridge for 12 hours.
Combine 1 cup sugar and the next 4 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to boil, cook one minute. Remove sugar syrup from heat and let cool. (A special Thank You to Steph for the cute heart shaped brown sugar:) made from the heart measuring cups!)
Cut each loaf into approximately 24 equal portions.
I think I ended up with a few more then 48 pieces.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon in dish; stir well. Roll each piece in mixture and layer dough in a bowl or bundt pan coated with cooking spray. I ended up leaving 5 or 6 pieces out. I felt like there was enough and I didn't want it overflowing once it had risen and was baked. So just use your own judgement.
As you can see, I used a bundt pan. I used to make this in a large glass bowl but it's been years and my mom, sister and I all don't know what happened to the bowl. Just make sure you do NOT use a bundt pan with a removable bottom. You will have a ginormous mess in your oven and a really smelly house.
Pour the sugar syrup over the dough; cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 35 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
This was after 30 minutes. Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
This baked for 30 minutes because half way through I put a baking sheet under it. It was getting awfully high and I didn't want the syrup to bubble over and burn on my oven(it didn't end up doing that anyway). Immediately loosen from sides. Put serving dish on top of monkey bread and flip it over (be careful! It's very hot!!).
Serve it warm. Everyone can help themselves and pull it apart.
I couldn't let those pieces of dough go to waste that I hadn't used for the monkey bread! So I kneaded out the pieces in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and heated up about a 1/4-1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan.
Mmmmm Fried Dough:). This makes me so happy. Let the oil heat up on medium heat til you can see the oil swirling from the heat. Drop in your pieces with tongs and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Let them sit on a paper towel for a couples minutes to soak up some of the oil and then eat them!!!!
I might actually say it...this was better then the fair. You could fry them plain and then shake them in cinn/sugar or dust them with confectioners sugar. Or even make a chocolate sauce to dip them in. Are you drooling? Sorry:).
I learned when you are making anything amazing and sugary and bad for you to always have a snack sitting nearby to have. It helps you not to
And as mouthwatering good the fried dough was, a tomato with salt hit the spot and I didn't over indulge.