Prep3 hrs 15 mins
I made this for the first time for Christmas breakfast. My husband loved it so much that he keeps asking me to make it again! It's a fun recipe to make, especially if you have little ones - they can help. Please note that the preparation time includes the time that it takes for the dough to rise.
- In a 1-quart saucepan heat the milk until it just comes to a boil; stir in 1/4 cup butter until melted.
- Cool until just warm (105 - 115°F).
- In a large mixer bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water.
- Add the cooled milk mixture, 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, egg and salt.
- Beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl often, until smooth (1 to 2 minutes).
- By hand, stir in enough of the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).
- Place in a greased bowl; turn the greased side up.
- Cover, let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1-1/2 hours.).
- The dough is ready if an indentation remains when touched.
- Punch down the dough; divide in half.
- With floured hands, shape each half into 24 balls.
- In a small bowl stir together 1 cup sugar, pecans and cinnamon.
- Dip the balls first into the melted butter, then into the sugar mixture.
- Place 24 balls in the bottom of a greased 10-inch tube pan or Bundt pan - if using the tube pan, line the bottom with aluminum foil.
- Sprinkle with raisins.
- Top with the remaining 24 balls, after dipping them into the butter and sugar mixtures.
- Cover; let rise until doubled in size (about 45 minutes).
- Heat the oven to 375°F.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the monkey bread sounds hollow when tapped.
- Immediately invert the pan onto a heatproof serving plate.
- Let the pan stand 1 minute to allow the sugar mixture to drizzle over the monkey bread.
- Remove the pan; serve warm (leftovers can be reheated nicely in the microwave).