What could possibly make ooey gooey pull apart monkey bread better? Using eggy sweet challah as the base.
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To make this monkey bread, balls of buttery brioche are rolled in cinnamon sugar, proofed, and baked in caramel sauce. As if brioche on its own wasn't indulgent enough, The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook uses liberal amounts of heavy cream, dark brown sugar, and fresh vanilla bean as the perfect foil for the light, sugar-crusted dough.
Learning to make brioche dough has allowed me to delve into all kinds of new frontiers, but I think this decadent recipe for monkey bread is my crowning achievement with the dough. I've added a caramel to the mix, and turned up the spice with ginger and nutmeg. It's definitely not diet food, and it's highly addictive. It's a perfect sweet for serving at brunch with lots of people around. Making it alone is too dangerous.
It's a funny name, and it's a fun loaf of bread. I don't know what it is about pull-apart loaves, but they invite nibbling. People who would normally eat one slice of bread often find themselves unable to resist pulling off just one more little bit. And then one more. And then this little piece is dangling ... this bread simply doesn't last long. When most people think of monkey bread, they think of the cinnamon-sugar version, but there's no reason why you can't make an herby, savory version that's perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner.