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Forget Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. There’s only one thing I want to wake up to on Easter morning.
This Chocolate Caramel Monkey Bread.
Yes, I said chocolate. And caramel. For breakfast.
If you’ve never had moneky bread, then I probably need to school you on exactly what it is.
A loaf of pure ooey, gooey goodness made from sweet dough balls dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar.
Moneky bread is not banana bread. There are no bananas in the recipe, nor in any other monkey bread recipe I’ve seen. The name most likely refers to appearance because the bread is said to look like the money puzzle tree.
What it tastes like is pure heaven, especially when you doctor up the dough by adding in Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites.
Imagine a cinnamon sticky bun oozing with chocolate and caramel.
I’ll give you a moment to fantasize…
Normally, making monkey bread can be a bit time consuming, what with the kneading of the dough, resting and rising and kneading again. But this version is an easy monkey bread recipe because you make the dough in a bread machine don’t have to spend nearly as much time working it.
I’m including a printable recipe and instructions at the end of this post, but I wanted to walk you through a few steps to make the chocolate caramel monkey bread. (I probably should call it bunny bread, since I’m suggesting you make it for Easter morning!)
I started out by chopping an entire 7-ounce bag of Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites into pieces about the size of a chocolate chip.
I bought my MARS Bites at Walmart. (I may have also purchased a bag of 3 Musketeers Bites, too, using this great $3 off 2 coupon.)
Click on the image above for the printable coupon.
Once the dough setting on my bread machine was finished, I rolled my dough into a large circle and covered one side with the chopped candy pieces.
Fold over the dough and knead, working the chocolate into the dough. Let the dough ball rest for a few minutes.
Then roll out again in a large circle.
Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice dough into small squares and dip each into butter, then into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Press into a well-greased bundt pan. Cover and allow to rise for an hour, then bake. (Don’t worry if it doesn’t rise too much before you put it in the oven. It will still turn out delicious!)
You can serve this straight out the pan, letting people pull apart the sticky dough. Or transfer servings to plates and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Here’s the step-by-step printable recipe.
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup water
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1½ teaspoons yeast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 7-ounce package Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites, chopped into small pieces
- 6 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Add ingredients to bread machine in order listed - milk through cinnamon. Do not mix in the candy.
- Run on dough setting.
- Once dough setting is finished, roll into a 15-inch circle.
- Sprinkle chopped candy on one side of the circle, then fold over.
- Knead the dough until candy pieces are incorporated, then allow dough to rest for 5 minutes.
- Roll out again into a circle and cut into 1-inch square pieces, using a pizza cutter or knife.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a bundt pan with butter or cooking spray, making sure to cover all surfaces.
- Melt 6 Tablespoons of butter. In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.
- You may roll the dough pieces into balls, but this is not necessary.
- Dip each dough ball into butter, then roll into cinnamon-sugar mixture and pack into pan.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
Don’t forget to pin this easy monkey bread recipe so you make it for Easter breakfast or whenever you need a chocolate fix.