Some people call this monkey bread, but to me it has always been known as cinnamon pull-aparts. It is basically a cinnamon roll chunked up for easy grabbing by little sticky fingers for breakfast or as a snack. Hot and fresh is the best! Since it takes a little while to prepare because of all steps plan ahead. This is a great recipe to do with kids if they like getting a little messy.
- 3c milk
- 1/2c shortening
- 2 pouches yeast if pre-portioned or 4 1/2tsp yeast if bulk
- 3 eggs
- 1/2c sugar
- 1tsp salt
- 6c flour
- 1 stick of butter (At least!)
- cinnamon/sugar mix
- must have an ANGEL FOOD CAKE PAN
- Put yeast into 1/4c warm water, stir a little bit, and then set it aside.
- Bring milk to a scalding hot temperature and then melt the shortening in it. Allow it to cool.
- Once cooled, add eggs, sugar, salt, and yeast into the milk-shortening and mix evenly.
- Add flour and mix thoroughly to make a stiff dough.
- Melt the butter in a bowl and mix up an ample amount of cinnamon-sugar to your tastes.(You don’t want to run out of either during this part of the process.
- Here’s the fun part for kids. Take small pieces of dough from the bowl, dip in the butter, and then roll in the cinnamon-sugar to coat.
- Evenly place the bits of coated dough in lightly greased angel food cake pan.(This recipe produces 2 pans worth)
- This is the hardest part! Let it sit to rise. Time varies for this step but the longer the better.(25 to 30 minutes minimum)
- Bake at 375° for 30 minutes
- When done baking cool a little and then use a rubber scraper to loosen the edges before flipping onto a plate for serving.
Note: This recipe can easily be halved.