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Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread

 Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread
You can either cut this bread into generous slices, or let everyone pick off the gooey pieces themselves, just like monkeys! No one can resist this tender, caramel coated bread. TOH Test Kitchen, Greendale, WI
20 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup water (110° to 115°)
  • 1-1/4 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • CARAMEL:
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ASSEMBLY:
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter,
  • sugar, eggs, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3
  • minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the
  • top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

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Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For caramel, in a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter and
  • cream to a boil. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Pour half into a
  • greased 10-in. fluted tube pan; sprinkle with half of the pecans.
  • Punch dough down; shape into 40 balls (about 1-1/4-in. diameter). In
  • a shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place melted butter in
  • another bowl. Dip balls in butter, then roll in sugar mixture.
  • Place 20 balls in the tube pan; top with remaining caramel and
  • pecans. Top with remaining balls. Cover and let rise until doubled,
  • about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. (Cover
  • loosely with foil if top browns too quickly.) Cool for 10 minutes
  • before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf (20
  • servings).
Nutritional Facts: 2 pieces equals 334 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 207 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.