Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pumpkin Monkey Bread, Or, Why I Have Heartburn

Trolling for other uses for my last pound or so of pumpkin pie brioche from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, I happened upon this pumpkin pie brioche monkey bread recipe from  Something Shiny. It's a brilliant recipe, surprisingly similar to our baked donuts, and the process was easy to make kid-friendly (and vegan!).

Basically, you put some Earth Balance in a bowl and nuke it til it's melted, and you put cinnamon, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in another bowl and whisk it together. Everything else is the same as the recipe at Something Shiny--greased bundt pan, oven set to 350 degrees, pumpkin pie brioche dough ready and waiting.

Tear off a hunk of bread dough, roll it into a ball, dunk it in the melted Earth Balance--
 --roll it around in the cinnamon-sugar--
--and pop it in the pan. Repeat:
 Bake that big ol' mess for 35 minutes, turn it out of the pan, and gasp at the awesomely butter-shiny deliciousness that now rests in front of you:
Normally, at this point I'd show you a picture of us eating and enjoying our monkey bread, but I have to tell you, sometimes something is so delicious that your family digs right in and starts eating it, and you look at them tearing off pieces of monkey bread and shoving them in their mouths, sputtering through those full mouths at how yummy each mouthfull is, and you think...

We'll just not take a picture of people eating like wolverines today. Use your imagination instead, if you must.

And yes, I think that cinnamon-sugar gives me heartburn.

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