Friday, January 31, 2014
Confession: prior to making these I had never had monkey bread.
Honestly, I didn't know what the fuss was about.
And then I thought that I probably, as a food blogger, should find out what the fuss was about.
So I set out to make me some.
And all I could find were recipes using refrigerated biscuit dough.
That makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.
Do you KNOW what's in that?
No, really, DO YOU KNOW????
Yes, I am a healthy food snob, but I do, on occasion, indulge. 80/20 my friends, 80/20. Refrigerated biscuit dough, however, is not on my list of things that will ever enter my mouth.
So I made my own buttermilk biscuit dough and had me my monkey bread.
Ok I get it. It's delicious. And I am guessing even more delicious without the trans fats that we omitted.
Monkey Bread Muffins from Scratch
Makes 1 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin generously with baking spray.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add in butter pieces and use a pastry cutter or fork to combine until coarse crumbs are formed. Stir in buttermilk to form a soft dough (careful to not over mix).
Transfer dough onto a lightly floured flat surface. Knead dough 5-6 times, then roll out dough until it is 1/2" thick (no need to have even edges). Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 2" square pieces.
In a large Ziploc bag, mix white sugar and cinnamon. Add dough pieces and shake to coat the dough. Place 5-6 coated dough pieces in each muffin cup.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter for the glaze. Add the brown sugar, whisking to combine. Bring to a low boil, then remove from heat.
Pour glaze mixture evenly over each muffin. Place the muffin tin on the middle rack of the oven and bake for ~20 minutes, or until cooked through. Allow to cool 3-4 minutes prior to serving.
Posted by Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, HFS at 3:30 AM