Yes, Monkey Bread. It’s a real thing 🙂 Blackberry Jam encased with sweet dough and a Blackberry icing.
When I first heard of Monkey Bread, I thought “what on earth is Monkey Bread?” In fact, it didn’t even really sound that appetising. Upon further investigation, I changed my tune. This is Monkey Bread 🙂
Monkey Bread is a combination of gooey caramelly cake an d bread thing (ok, so descriptors aren’t my strong point). You take sweet yeast dough (in this case I used my doughnut dough recipe which worked absolutely perfectly) roll it into balls, throw them in a bundt pan with some sugar and cinnamon and when it comes out you get this glorious looking thing (again with the descriptors).
I figure I can’t call it cake as it’s not really a cake but I’ve also never come across bread this cake-like so I’m always a little confused when I’m explaining this one to people (cue sideways puzzled frowny face).
Anyway, it is bread. Monkey Bread. So named, I’m led to believe, because when it’s finished and placed in the middle of the eagerly awaiting table, everyone picks off the dough-balls one by one. This is officially THE BEST share bread EVER! 🙂
Of course, I couldn’t just stick to the standard caramel cake deal, which I’m sure is delicious. I amped mine up by adding some almonds for crunch, blackberry jam in the centre of each of those delicious, sweet balls of dough and a blackberry icing on top.
In the US you can buy ‘biscuit dough’ or ready-made cinnamon roll dough and roll it into balls to make this. I’ve not seen any ready-made sweet dough here in Australia, though. I’ve seen recipes for the Monkey Bread dough recipes and they aren’t that dissimilar to my own doughnut dough so I’m confident you’ll end up with the same tasty result.
Once this cooled down to room temperature, I wanted to call them Blackberry Bliss Balls. Holy YUM!! So, so, so good. I mean really good. Make sure you have napkins on hand.
The dough was soft and light and sweet and the jam in the centre gave it just the right hit of berry flavour. It is gooey and get-your-hands-all-sticky sensational.
You can slice it too if you prefer to be a little more dignified but, well, I’m not! I unashamedly got my fingers all sticky and loved every moment.
It isn’t a difficult recipe but you will need to start this recipe a day ahead as, just like my Doughnut recipe, the dough is best when allowed to sit overnight.