Monkey Balls aka Monkey Bread

Monkey Balls - aka Monkey Bread

I don’t Know why they call this stuff Monkey Bread. Monkey Balls would actually be more fitting, not to mention a hell of a lot funnier. Therefore Monkey Bread will now be known as Monkey Balls. Yes, I know, I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy.

Anyway, these balls of goodness are probably my favorite balls I’ve ever had in my mouth. I recently made some Monkey Balls and gave slices of it to my friends and since then they have been asking for the recipe! So here it is! Enjoy!

  • Dough: (For the love of God, don't buy pre-made biscuit dough)
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/4 cups warm whole milk (none of that non/low fat crap! Also, use hormone-free milk)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (I prefer to use organic)
  • 2 Large eggs (veggie fed/hormone-free)
  • 5 - 6 cups all purpose flour (unbleached)
  • Coating:
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar (you'll feel less guilty if you go organic)
  • 1 - 3 Tbs of Cinnamon (I prefer a lot of cinnamon so I just eyeball it till I'm happy)
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • Frosting:
  • 1 Cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 - 4 tbs of heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Make the dough:

Dissolve yeast in warm water.

In a large mixing bowl add 5 cups of flour, melted butter, sugar and eggs.

Add in the yeast.

Mix together with a bread hook on high if you are using a mixer, or knead by hand.

If dough isn't firm add the remaining cup of flour and knead or mix on high till it is smooth.

The dough is ready when you poke it and it springs back.

Form dough by hand into a ball and place in a greased large bowl and cover with a towel.

Let it sit for about an hour. The dough should double in size.

Coating:

Melt the butter in a small bowl

Combine the sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a smaller bowl

Grease a bundt cake pan down.

Make the Monkey Balls:

Punch down the risen dough

Pull apart pieces of dough and roll into balls (should make around 40)

Dip ball into butter and roll in cinnamon sugar coating.

Place ball in bundt cake pan. (Now you know why I call it Monkey Balls)

Repeat this till all the dough is gone and in the bundt cake pan.

Cover again with a towel and let it sit for 40 mins.

Take remaining butter and cinnamon mixture and combine together

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

After balls have risen pour mixture all over them

Place but cake pan in oven for about 30 - 40 mins. Cover with foil if dough starts to burn.

Balls are done when you can stick a toothpick or knife in the dough and it comes out clean.

Cool for 5 - 10 mins

Invert onto a plate.

Frosting:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

Now pour over Monkey Balls.

Volia! Pick each ball out and eat or cut slices into the cake, there's no wrong way to eat these balls!

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