Pumpkin Monkey Bread
Around this time a year since we've known each other Tim asks me to make this recipe for him. It is not my original recipe, and I can't remember which corner of the internet I got this from, so I am sorry I cannot give proper credit to the genius who put this together. Whoever you are, my husband and I will make and eat this in your honor, at least once a year every fall.
For the Dough:
3 1/4 cups of flour plus extra for kneading
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
1/8 tsp of cloves
2 tbsp of unsalted butter (melted)
1/2 cup of warm milk
1/4 cup of warm water
2/3 cup of pumpkin puree
1/4 cup of sugar
2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast
For the Coating
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp of cinnamon
3/4 stick of butter (melted)
For the Glaze
2/3 cup of powder sugar
2 tbsp of maple syrup
In a large bowl whisk the flour, salt, and spices.
In another bowl whisk together the milk, water, pumpkin puree, melted but term sugar, and yeast.
Make a well in the center of the loud mixture and add in the wet ingredients.
Using a wooden spoon, gently stir until until the dough comes together.
Turn out unto a lightly floured surface (or parchment paper) and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
Spray a clean bowl with cooking spray and place the dough inside.
Cover and let rise for about an hour.
In the meantime, mix together the cinnamon and sugar, and melt the butter for coating.
Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray.
Once the dough has risen, carefully place the dough onto a cutting board, shape the ball into a large rectangle, and using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 30 - 40 roughly equal sized pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
Dip each ball of dough into the butter, and then the cinnamon/sugar mixture, layering them in the bunt pan as you go.
Once you've used all the dough, cover the bundt pan and let the dough rise for another hour.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Bake the bread until golden brown for 30 - 35 minutes.
Let it cool for 5 - 10 minutes before turning onto a platter.
To make the glaze, stir together the powder, sugar, and maple syrup, and brush over the bread while it's still warm.
Enjoy with milk or your favorite fall drink!