A homemade pull-apart monkey bread recipe

Published Apr 25, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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Bread is one of those weird foods that majority of people have become reliant on, and most of us opt for store-bought versions, rather than trying to make it from scratch because it’s cheaper, easier, and time saving. Now, in most cases, that’s not a bad decision, because the stores have perfected regular kinds of bread over the years, but you will never find a monkey bread loaf that compares to this homemade version at your local grocer.

Monkey bread recipe

This monkey bread recipe comes with a delightful hint of THC thanks to the included cannabutter, and the way that it melts in your mouth will keep you coming back for more. Just be careful, because this particular monkey bread combination is rather potent, and it’s designed with the intention of sharing it among at least twelve or more individuals, so you might not want to eat the whole thing to yourself in one sitting.

The sweet cinnamon swirls and soft fluffy texture aren’t the main reasons that monkey bread has risen in popularity over these past few years. The reason that everyone loves it so much is that it is a true culinary experience.

For those with a lower tolerance, it might be a good idea to consider reducing the amount of cannabutter used, just to provide a slightly less intense version of the original, because this monkey bread recipe was designed by and for well-seasoned connoisseurs. So, if it’s your first time with edibles, or if you don’t use cannabis products often, it might be a bit overwhelming for someone with less experience.

Preparation time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Calories: 287 per slice

Servings: 12

Cake ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup cannabutter
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Drizzle ingredients

  • ¾ cup cannabutter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Icing ingredients

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Tools

  • Stand mixer
  • Bundt cake pan
  • 2 medium bowls
  • 1 small microwave-safe bowl
  • Whisk
  • Clean towel
  • Serving plate

Instructions

  1. To start, you will need to make the monkey bread dough, and to do that, combine the sugar, yeast, and milk in a stand mixer bowl that is properly set up with a dough attachment.

  2. Now cover the bowl and give the yeast 5 minutes to work its magic.

  3. Next up is the salt, eggs, cannabutter, and flour, which can all be added to the stand mixer and then beat at medium speed until it forms a workable dough. This usually takes somewhere around 2 minutes.

  4. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl and rest it on a clean, lightly floured surface and knead it by hand for an additional 2 minutes.

  5. Grease a mixing bowl with a small bit of cannabutter to keep it from sticking, and then cover it with a fresh, clean towel.

  6. Leave the dough to rise, which will take anywhere from 1-2 hours. By the time it is ready to continue, it should have doubled in size. This process will happen faster if it's done in a warm environment, so don’t stash it away in the fridge while you wait. The kitchen counter is the perfect place to let the monkey bread dough rise.

  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and while you wait for it to warm up, take another small dollop of cannabutter and use it to grease the bundt pan.

  8. The next thing is the drizzle, which is probably one of the easiest portions of this dessert to make, as all you need to do is melt the cannabutter in a microwave-safe bowl, and then whisk in the cinnamon, and vanilla into the mix.

  9. Shape all of the dough into 1-inch balls, and as you go, be sure to dip each one into the drizzle mixture that you’ve just made before placing them into the baking pan.

  10. Once you are done, take the remaining liquid and pour it over top of the dough balls before placing the monkey bread in the oven and allowing it to bake for 40 minutes.

  11. After the monkey bread has finished cooking, remove it from the oven and set it aside while you prepare the icing in a clean bowl by combining the icing sugar, milk, and vanilla with a whisk.

  12. When the monkey bread has cooled enough that you can safely pop it out of its pan, do so by tipping it upside down over the top of a serving plate.

  13. Coat the entire top of the monkey bread in the icing, and then it will finally be ready for you to enjoy.

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