Monkey Bread a breakfast and brunch classic, tasty. If we add maple and bacon to this classic, what happens? Out of this WORLD, is what happens! So, so wonderful! If you like monkey bread and you like bacon, then I highly recommend you try this recipe.
The recipe starts with making the bacon! First, line two large baking pans with sides, with parchment paper.
Lay your bacon out in a single layer on the two pans, be sure to leave a bit of space between the slices.
Bake the bacon in your oven at 400F for about 15-25 minutes. Allow the bacon to cool completely.
Once cooled remove the bacon from the pans and chop it up. Place it in a bowl, and set it aside. You may also want to cover it too, otherwise it might start to disappear!
Next you want to collect all the lovely bacon grease from the pans. To do this just get a small bowl and a rubber spatula. Use the spatula to direct to grease into your small bowl. Set this aside too.
Now we can work on the dough. In a large bowl combine hot water, an egg, and 3 tablespoons of the reserved bacon grease.
Add bread flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.
Stir together to form a soft dough.
Once a soft dough has formed, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for 5 minutes.
Grease the large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough back in it to rise.
Cover the bowl with waxed paper, you may want to place a wooden spoon or something over the waxed paper so that it does not blow away.
Allow to rise for 1 hour.
When the hour is almost up you can start to work on the coating. For this you are going to use the remaining bacon grease. Pour the bacon grease into a 1/2 cup measuring cup.
Add enough melted butter to make a full 1/2 cup.
In a medium bowl place this bacon/butter mixture, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Stir together. Set aside for now.
Now that the dough has risen, turn it out of the bowl and form it into a log.
Use a bench scrapper to cut the log into strips.
Then cut the strips into little chunks.
Form the chunks into little balls.
Thoroughly grease a bunt pan.
Sprinkle about a third of the bacon in the bottom of the pan.
Next, dip about half of the dough balls into the coating mixture. I used a slotted spoon to extract them form the coating. Place the coated dough balls in the bunt pan on top of the bacon.
Add another layer of bacon.
Another layer of dough balls.
One more layer of bacon.
Pour the remaining coating mixture over the bacon and dough balls.
Bake at 350F for 35-45 minutes (mine took exactly 40 minutes) or until a wooden skewer inserted in it comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan.
Place the plate you want to serve your Maple Bacon Monkey Bread on upside down on top of the bunt pan.
Turn the whole thing over so that the plate is now on the bottom and the bunt pan is on top. Remove the bunt pan and your all done!
- 1lb. bacon
- ¾c. hot tap water
- 3T. bacon grease
- 1 egg
- 2¾c. bread flour
- ¼c. sugar
- 1t. salt
- 2½t. yeast
- ½c. remaining bacon grease + melted butter to make the full ½c.
- 1c. maple syrup
- 4t. ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line two baking sheets with sides, with parchment paper.
- Place bacon slices on the prepared baking sheets, be sure that there is some space between them.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-25 minutes or until crisp. Cool completely.
- Rough chop the bacon and set aside. Gather the bacon grease from the pans into a small bowl, set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350F.
- In a large bowl combine, hot water, egg, and 3 T bacon grease.
- Stir in the yeast, sugar, bread flour, and salt. Stir until soft dough forms.
- Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
- Place dough in a large greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise 1 hour.
- When the dough is almost done rising combine the maple syrup, cinnamon, and bacon grease/melted butter in a medium bowl.
- Once the dough is risen, roll it into a log, then use a bench scrapper to cut the dough into strips. Cut the strips into smaller little pieces. Roll the dough bits into balls.
- Grease a bunt pan. Sprinkle ⅓ of the bacon into the bottom of the greased bunt pan.
- Dip half of the dough balls into the coating and place them in a layer on top of the bacon.
- Use ½ of the remaining bacon to make another bacon layer. Dip remaining dough balls into the coating and place on top of the second bacon layer. Sprinkle with the remaining bacon.
- Pour the remaining coating mixture evenly over the bacon and dough balls.
- Bake at 350F for 35-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in it comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before inverting it onto a serving plate.
Original Recipe By: Rilla Banks (A.K.A. Epic Sweet)