I am a newlywed on a budget, just trying to make healthy and inexpensive meals for my husband and I to enjoy. He eats a lot, so cost is a big factor. Though I work 3 jobs, I manage to find time 6 nights a week to cook a full dinner for us both. I am constantly looking for new recipes that are moderately healthy, taste great, and won't break the bank.

On the side, I also own a brownie business called Gersheybars. My passion and love for cooking started when I was just a small child, baking with my mom and grandmother. The brownie recipe has been passed down through 5 generations and I am thrilled to finally have an outlet to share them with everybody else. Friends and family have helped spread the word and made my business as successful as it is today.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monkey Bread Cupcakes

As I've mentioned before, I subscribe to a wonderful blog called Cupcake Project, and Stef can literally make anything into a cupcake. She's awesome. This week, she made Monkey Bread cupcakes. And as I thought about it some more, I realized that not only have I never made Monkey Bread, but I really didn't even know what it was. People think that's crazy, but it's the truth! I had no clue. The recipe itself sounded delicious, somewhat time consuming, but fairly simple. A perfect project for my day off to keep me busy in between doing loads of laundry and cleaning the house. I started just before noon, and now it's 2:30pm and my cupcakes have about another 10 min to bake. So definitely make sure you have about 3 hours set aside to get these done.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 C lukewarm water
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 T instant yeast or rapid rise yeast
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 ripe banana, cut into small slices
  • chocolate chips or baking chunks to taste (about 2 oz)
  • 2 T unsalted butter, melted
Directions
  1. Place water, vegetable oil, egg, salt, sugar, and yeast in a medium bowl and mix well.
  2. Add 1 cup of the flour, stirring to blend.
  3. Add the second cup of flour, stirring to make a cohesive dough.
  4. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes; this gives the flour a chance to absorb the liquid, making it easier to knead.
  5. Knead the dough — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — until it's soft and smooth.
  6. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or large measuring cup, cover it, and let the dough rise for 30 to 60 minutes or until it's doubled in size.
  7. Gently deflate the dough.
  8. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  9. Place cupcake liners into a cupcake tin and lightly grease them with butter or cooking spray.
  10. Pull off a small piece of dough. How small? You should get 24 pieces out of the batter so that you can have two pieces in each cupcake. However, unless you are having a dinner party for exactly 12 people, it doesn't really matter and you can make the pieces whatever size you would like.
  11. Stretch the piece out, put a banana slice and several chocolate chips or baking chunks inside, and then roll it into a ball.
  12. Dip the ball in the melted butter.
  13. Dip the ball in the cinnamon and sugar.
  14. Put the ball into the cupcake liner. You should be able to fit two balls into each cupcake liner. Be sure to press the 2 balls together firmly, so they bake as 1 unit.
  15. Cover the cupcake tin and let the bread rise for 30 to 60 minutes, until it's visibly puffy. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  16. Uncover the cupcake tin and bake the monkey bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until it's golden brown and feels set.
  17. While the monkey bread is baking, prepare the glaze.
Cinnamon Glaze
Ingredients
  • 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 T milk
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
Directions
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  2. Drizzle over the hot cupcakes.
  3. The cupcakes are best served warm. If you can't eat them immediately, reheat them in microwave for about 15 seconds before serving.
Dough in cupcake pan, not yet risen.

After dough had sat for about 35 minutes, and risen quite a lot!

Finished product is a gooey, sweet, slightly crispy monkey bread cupcake. Delicious!

1 comment:

Joelen said...

What a great cupcake flavor idea! This is being added to my list of cupcake recipes to try!