Is there anything more fabulous than brunch?  It is two meals in one which is a perfect excuse to eat more and really indulge.  In my opinion, a good brunch has both savory and sweet offerings, which can also be a reason for over-indulging.  For example, I can only eat 3-4 bites of something sweet like pancakes or a yogurt parfait

and then my palate wants a bite of something salty to cut the richness.  So then I will have a bite or two of eggs

or a salty starch, and what do you know?  I am ready for something sweet again!  It is a deliciously vicious cycle!

I also love brunch for another reason.  When else (after your college years have passed :)) is it acceptable to have a cocktail before noon?  I love a refreshing bellini or mimosa to wash down my sweet and savory bites.

I was invited to a brunch this past Sunday and I was asked to bring “some type of bread” which in my mind meant a sweet bread.  I wasn’t feeling scones and muffins just seemed a little blah so I turned to my good friends Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito and their book Baked Explorations.  Ok, Matt and Renato are only my  friends in my imagination, but I can still always count on them to offer something perfectly scrumptious for any occasion.

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Since I purchased this book, I have been waiting for a reason to make the Monkey Bubble Bread.  I have had Monkey Bread many times before, but in this recipe, the dough is made from scratch and each dough ball is dipped in melted butter followed by a roll in a cinnamon sugar mixture which then makes a caramel while the bread is baking.  Are you drooling yet?  This Monkey Bubble Bread not only tastes amazing but it looks very impressive and is a fun dish to share because everyone can just pull apart as many pieces as he or she wants.  And trust me, you will want many pieces.

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combine warm milk and yeast

in another bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt

add egg, milk and melted butter and mix with paddle attachment 

switch from paddle to dough hook and mix on medium speed for 8 minutes

dough should easily form into a ball and pull away from the bowl

cover dough and let rest until doubled in size

punch dough down and then cut into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces

dip dough balls into butter, then cinnamon sugar and place into bundt pan

let dough rest until doubled in size again, then bake and cool for 5 minutes

invert onto serving dish and serve warm

What is your favorite brunch dish?

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16 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Laura
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Oh my, that looks heavenly!


  2. Cassie
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    I love monkey bread. this looks heavenly!


  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    We always made monkey bread when we would visit my aunt Tori. I have been wanting to make it recently because I had some odd craving for it!
    I’m always a savory brunch person with a side of mimosa. 🙂


  4. Asmita
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    Wow, that monkey bread looks delicious!!


    • Mercedes
      Jan 11, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

      Thank you Asmita! It was really yummy!


  5. beti
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I’m always excited to see your recipes, this monkey bread looks really good, the small balls are lovely


    • Mercedes
      Jan 11, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

      Thank you Beti! It was a fun dough to work with and recipe to make!


  6. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Your monkey bread looks fabulous! Brunch is my favorite meal too.


    • Mercedes
      Jan 11, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

      Thank you Barbara! I like brunch more and more the older I get!


  7. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Sooo delicious…I made a chocolate monkey bread once that was actually too sweet (crazy, I know!) but butter and brown sugar are just always a good thing. As are morning cocktails 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Jan 11, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

      Chocolate monkey bread?! Wow, that would be pretty intense! I know morning cocktails are the best!


  8. Anna Johnson
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    I totally forgot about Monkey Bread! My mom used to make all the time. Why am I NOT a breakfast person?! This makes me want to be one! 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:54 am

      I know monkey bread is such a classic! I don’t love breakfast either but I like the sweet and salty of a well-rounded brunch!


  9. kaceyt
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    Looks fabulous! However, my only question is, was it better than the normal made-from-a-biscuit monkey bread? Because making it the lazy way is pretty delicious and all the extra effort may or may not be worth it. What’s your opinion?


    • Mercedes
      Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      I agree Kacey the monkey bread with premade dough is absolutely wonderful. I served this bread to about 10 people and they all kept commenting how “fresh” the bread tasted and how great the texture was. I am often turned off by a recipe the second I see the word “yeast” but this dough was so lovely and really fun to work with so I guess my answer is, if I have time to make the dough, yes this version is worth it to me!


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