The weather lately has been fantastic. We haven’t shut the windows in over a month because the temperature is so perfect. To me, that means it’s time to OD on pumpkin and carrot recipes. You agree, right?
I hope so, because that’s what I’ve been supplying.
This monkey bread is so awesome. Every monkey bread recipe I find either takes foreeevver to make or you have to use store-bought biscuits. I’m not patient and I’m too lazy to go to the store. Which is why I made this.
It’s the perfect amount of spice and pumpkin without being too overwhelming. There’s not much sugar in the dough itself, but the glaze adds a perfectly sweet touch. The inside is gooey, the outside crunchy. Try it.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup cold butter (cut into small pieces)
- ¾ cup cold milk or buttermilk
- 1 cup pure pumpkin
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1½ cups confectioner’s sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 425°.
- Place the flour, spices, and ½ cup sugar in a bowl. Work in the butter, just until crumbs are the size of large peas.
- Add the milk, vanilla, and pumpkin, and stir until the mixture holds together and leaves the sides of the bowl, adding more milk if needed.
- Scoop the dough onto a well-floured surface, and fold it over on itself several times, using more flour as needed to prevent sticking.
- Roll or pat the dough into an 8 inch square. Using a bench scraper or knife, cut dough into 1 inch pieces.
- Roll each dough piece into a ball.
- Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Place melted butter in second bowl. Set aside.
- Working one at a time, dip the balls into the melted butter, allowing excess butter to drip back into the bowl. Roll in the brown sugar mixture, then layer balls in the Bundt pan (or a bread loaf pan), staggering seams where dough balls meet as you build layers.
- Bake the monkey bread for 10 to 14 minutes, or until they balls are light golden brown.
- To prepare the glaze, mix softened butter, confectioners sugar, and vanilla. Add more confectioners sugar to thicken if necessary.
- Spread glaze over bread once it has cooled completely.