(Chunky Monkey) Monkey Bread

For my first yeast baked good at altitude, I went for something without long rising times that could go too far, and I had great results. In fact, this is quick enough to get in the oven that I baked it on a work day, and still made it in on time.

What does it even mean if flowers say to keep them in bright light, but not direct sunlight? How does that work??

What does it even mean if flowers say to keep them in bright light, but not direct sunlight? How does that work??

This combines the cinnamon sugar-ness of many monkey breads with everyone’s other favorite flavor combination, chocolate and banana. You really can’t go wrong!

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 envelopes RapidRise yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I left these out. I always leave the nuts out.)

Assembly/Topping:

  • 2 medium bananas, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, or 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Lightly grease a 9″ pie plate and set aside. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping in a small bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Stir in the water and melted butter, mixing well, then add the walnuts. You can knead the dough briefly if desired, but thoroughly stirring is enough.

IMG_4985Place the banana slices evenly across the bottom of the pie pan.

IMG_4986Divide the dough into roughly tablespoon sized pieces, and roll each piece in the cinnamon sugar mixture before placing on top of the banana slices, until the dish is full and the dough is used up.

IMG_4987Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over the dough, then brush/drizzle the melted butter over the top of the dough. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top.

IMG_4990Place the prepared dish in a cold oven, then set the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp on top.

IMG_4991Set on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then serve still warm. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering…

I’m not sure why my breakfasts have been getting real nice lately, but I’m certainly enjoying it! And this has fruit, so you can pretend you’re starting the day off healthily!

Chunky Monkey Bread

From Piece of Cake.

Dough:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 envelopes RapidRise yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Assembly/Topping:

  • 2 medium bananas, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, or 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Lightly grease a 9″ pie plate and set aside. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping in a small bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Stir in the water and melted butter, mixing well, then add the walnuts. You can knead the dough briefly if desired, but thoroughly stirring is enough.

Place the banana slices evenly across the bottom of the pie pan. Divide the dough into roughly tablespoon sized pieces, and roll each piece in the cinnamon sugar mixture before placing on top of the banana slices, until the dish is full and the dough is used up. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over the dough, then brush/drizzle the melted butter over the top of the dough. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top.

Place the prepared dish in a cold oven, then set the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp on top. Set on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then serve still warm. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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About sparecake

My name's Corinne, and I like cake, cookies, and chocolate! Also, non-c-things such as ponies, Star Trek, and biking. I write a food blog and a blog about life, wide open spaces, and museum work. Nice to meet you!
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