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Buttery Bubble Bread

Homemade bread can be time-consuming, difficult and tricky to make. But this fun-to-eat monkey bread, baked in a fluted tube pan, is easy and almost foolproof. If I'm serving it for breakfast, I add some cinnamon and drizzle it with icing. —Pat Stevens, Granbury, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, shortening, egg, salt and 1 cup of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Dip the balls in butter and arrange evenly in a greased 9-in. fluted tube pan. Drizzle with remaining butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter. Serve warm.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Switch things up by adding chopped fresh herbs to the melted butter. We like 1/2 teaspoon each of minced thyme, rosemary and parsley.
  • Vampire-proof your family by adding three cloves of minced garlic to the butter.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 237 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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    • Lux
      Apr 27, 2020

      This is so delicious but the only thing I would change is the amount of sugar, unless you're making a dessert bread. My family thought it needed more salt, and less sugar but that being said, it was my first time making bread and it was super easy to make! I'll definitely be making this again. I browned the butter with garlic and fresh rosemary which was great!

    • MARGUERITE
      Apr 22, 2020

      This was an excellent recipe!! I used my bread maker to make this recipe on the dough cycle. I placed the ingredients in order that other bread maker recipes list, in the amounts shown. it came out perfect, I didn't have to add flour or liquid during mixing. The only thing I changed was I used this really good Garlic Butter that I get at Sam's Club. It turned out amazing. You could make cinnamon bread very easy with recipe. Awesome recipe!!! If I could give it more stars I would!

    • Jacki
      Apr 13, 2020

      What do they mean "dip the balls in butter?" Is it just a portion of the ball, or is it the entire ball?

    • JoyceNokleby
      Apr 13, 2020

      Agree with not using shortening but unsalted butter instead. Pie crust stays crisp with shortening, not butter....call that experience. Also, for my soft bread that will stay soft till it is gone..I use milk only. The pan can be anything from a round angel food cake pan, a ring mold (we make ice rings too) to round Bundt brand pan. Product metal will be from heavy metal to aluminum content, meaning adjust the temp and time of baking.

    • Marcele
      Apr 13, 2020

      Yummy my daughter said after we glazed some frosting on it and some cinnamon-sugar mix.

    • ttaylor36
      Apr 13, 2020

      This bread is delicious. My son requests it every time he comes home.

    • Sadiejee
      Apr 7, 2019

      This was really good when it was warm, fresh out of the oven however it became the consistency of day old bread when it cooled. I’m wondering if I had used butter rather than shortening, it would have stayed soft longer? I would also cut the sugar in half, it tasted like cinnamon rolls without the frosting. Everyone loved the monkey bread effect though! I’d make it again with a few adjustments, thanks for sharing!

    • meledstick
      Apr 5, 2018

      This was very good. Didn't make any changes first go round, but probably will next time. Oh, Shannon, not all fluted pans are Bundts! Just clarifying that.

    • AES12345
      Apr 5, 2018

      A very good recipe love it ??

    • Shannon
      Jan 25, 2018

      sounds like a brioche... minus the shortening of course... never used it in any bread ever, don't know why you can't use butter for this. Also why would you need to grease the Bundt... is the correct word for this pan... if you're dipping each piece in butter?? seems a little much, that's why they look a little burnt. I would not bake them for so long at such a low temp. I would call this recipe butter buns in a bundt... sounds better :D