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Sugar and Spice Friday

Sugar_logoHello there friends,

So Christmas is right around the corner and you may be running around like a chicken without a head trying to figure out what to feed your family and friends. Well AGF is here to save the day!

Try out this recipe for a new twist on this holiday classic.

We present to you... "Original Ginger" Monkey Bread.

  • 1 Packet of Active Dry Yeast 
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Milk (I use Whole)
  • 1/4 Cup Molasses
  • 3 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cup Flour for Counter
  • 1 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar


Mixing Instructions

In a small bowl mix 1 packet of yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/3 cup warm water and set aside for 10 minutes until it starts to get foamy

In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter, milk, and molasses and set aside

In a bowl (I use a stand mixer) use a fork to combine flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

Mix while slowly adding molasses and then yeast mixture

The dough will be sticky and stick to the bottom of bowl, if too wet use flour set aside for counter to one pinch at a time until dough is manageable, dough should look smooth

Knead dough on lightly floured surface and form into ball

Place ball into bowl and place in warm spot to rise until ball doubles in size, can take from 1-2 hours

Butter Bundt pan with 2 tablespoons of softened butter 

Place two shallow pans on the counter and place brown sugar in one and 1 stick melted butter in other

Take small pieces of risen dough in hand and roll into balls about 1 inch round

One at a time dip balls into butter and roll in brown sugar

Place in layers into Bundt pan

Cover pan with plastic wrap and allow to rise 1 more hour in warm place

Preheat over to 350 degrees

The balls will be puffy and come to about an inch under the top of the pan

Bake monkey bread for 30-35 minutes until golden brown

Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes then invert onto plate and allow cake to cool in pan another 5-10 minutes until you can remove from pan

Now pour yourself a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy this delicious treat (guilt-free cuz I said so)

Bon Appetit!

SNEAK PEEK: (shhh.. stay tuned for next week... we have a great treat that is perfect for your New Years celebration!)