Brioche Monkey Bread (with Caramel Glaze)

Soft, tender, warm, gooey, sticky. We could go on and on about how good this is! Monkey Bread is truly one of the best desserts ever made! A holiday-worthy dessert for sure!

So here’s what we are making: a Monkey Bread made with a soft, enriched brioche dough, and to make it even more decadent, we are topping it with a caramel glaze! Doesn’t it sounds amazing?!

Step-By-Step Video:

Basically, monkey bread is pull-apart bread, that tastes like the inside of a cinnamon roll! So gooey and sweet! We actually remember the first time we had monkey bread! It was unexplainably good, and since then, we’ve always wanted to try making it!

The Brioche Dough:

Most recipes for Monkey Bread use canned biscuit dough. But to be honest, making your own dough is 100% worth it, and it’s actually pretty easy! Also, this isn’t just any dough. This is a brioche dough. Lately, we’ve been on a brioche obsession. Brioche dough is made up of milk, yeast, eggs, flour, and butter to make it fluffy, soft, doughy, and rich. It’s our favorite dough, like ever!

The Caramel Glaze:

Monkey Bread AND a Caramel Glaze to top it?! YES! Caramel can seem to be daunting to make, but  it’s not that bad! And this caramel can also be a dip for the monkey bread!

Is there a candle scent for monkey bread? Because if not, there needs to be one! The monkey bread smells SO GOOD! Your kitchen will be having all of the wonderful cinnamon sugar scents!

Monkey Bread is the perfect thing to place on your holiday table! You’ll be known for your monkey bread! And be sure to get a few pieces, because it’ll be gone by the time you get seconds.

We CANNOT wait until the holidays! We have so many recipes we are going to be sharing! Happy baking! -Aubrey and Tara

Some of Our Favorites:

Chicken Tikka Masala– there is so much flavor in this one dish! such an experience!

Coffee Cake Pumpkin Muffins – soft, fluffy, and full of pumpkin flavor!

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream – definitely in the top three of our favorite ice cream flavors!

S’mores Bars – this may be a bold statement… but these are so much better than a regular s’more!

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Brioche Monkey Bread (with Caramel Glaze)


Description

Soft, tender, warm, gooey, sticky monkey bread! There is so much to love in this Brioche Monkey Bread! It’s really fun to make, and perfect for your holiday dessert table!


Ingredients

For Greasing Pan:

-1 Tbsp. softened butter

Brioche Dough:

-1 1/2 cups warm milk (heated to 100 degrees)

-6 Tbsp. melted butter

-1/4 cup white sugar

-2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast

-5 cups all-purpose flour + more (if needed)

-1 tsp. salt

-2 large eggs

Cinnamon Sugar:

1 cup white sugar

-1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

Coating:

-1/2 cup melted butter

-1 cup brown sugar, packed

-2 tsp. vanilla extract

Salted Caramel Glaze:

-1 cup white sugar

-1/4 cup water

-1/3 cup cold butter

-1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


Instructions

Prep: 

1. Grease a 12-inch bundt pan with some softened butter (about 1 Tbsp.) Make sure to butter it well so nothing sticks.

Brioche Dough:

1. In a stand mixer attached with a dough hook, whisk together 1 1/2 cups warm milk, 6 Tbsp. melted butter, and 1/4 cup white sugar. Then sprinkle in 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast. Whisk it in, and let it sit for 10 minutes.

2. Then add in 5 cups all-purpose flour and 1 tsp. salt. Turn the machine to low, until the dough comes together. Then increase the mixer to medium for about 8-10 minutes. (If the dough is too sticky, add in 2 Tbsp. flour.)

3. Place the dough into a large (lightly greased) bowl, cover with saran wrap, and let it rise for 1 hour at room temp.

Cinnamon Sugar:

1. White the dough is rising, make the cinnamon sugar. Whisk together 1 cup white sugar, and 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon. Set aside and save for later.

For Shaping the dough:

1. To form the balls, remove the dough from the bowl and pat it into a 12-inch square. With a pizza cutter, cut the square vertical, in 10 strips, then cut horizontally into about 64 pieces.

2. Roll each piece into a ball. Roll around in the cinnamon sugar, and place in the buttered bundt pan. Repeat until you have all the balls in the pan. Then cover, and let rise for 20 minutes.

Coating:

1. In a bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 cup brown sugar, packed, and 2 tsp. vanilla extract. Right before pouring over the bread, microwave for 10 seconds.

Baking:

1. Remove the saran wrap from the pan, and evenly pour the coating over the bread.

2. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Caramel Glaze:

1. In a saucepan add 1 cup of white sugar, and a 1/4 cup of water. Make sure the water completely covers the sugar. Don’t mix, but you can swirl the pan. Once it starts boiling, let it cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, it should be an amber color.

2. Add in 1/3 cup cold cubed butter, and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream. Mix to combine, then removed from heat and transfer to a heat-safe container. It will be thin at first, but over time, it thickens.

Final Touches:

1. Let the bread cool in the pan for only 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a platter for serving. Top with the caramel glaze, and enjoy!

Notes

For making the caramel: watch it closely, because it can burn

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Rise Time: 1 hr 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Dessert, Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6 pieces
  • Calories: 469

Keywords: monkey bread, pull apart bread, sweet bread

2 thoughts on “Brioche Monkey Bread (with Caramel Glaze)”

  1. This looks absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to make it tomorrow for Christmas Morning. Just FYI, the Instructions for this recipe are not those for this recipe. The instruction you have posted for this recipe, actually belong to the Coffee Cake Pumpkin Muffins. I’ll have to watch your instructional video in order to make this recipe.






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