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Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread

 Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread
The kids will get a kick out of pulling of gooey pieces of this delectable bread. It’s hard to resist the caramel-coated treat.
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 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 3 minutes. Pour half into a greased
  • 10-in. fluted tube pan; sprinkle with half 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • (Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly.) Cool 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.