Friday, June 5, 2009

Dutch Oven Monkey Bread


It's too darn hot in my house these days, so I've been looking for some recipes that don't involve my oven. We actually made this one for mother's day at my parents. We had a whole slew of dutch oven meals, that mainly my brother and I made. We rock at those type of things. :) I'm actually making him a dutch oven dinner for his 22nd birthday tomorrow. It'll be awesome (and eventually posted on here)

I went a step above and beyond, by making the bread dough myself. I prefer to know exactly what I'm getting when I cook these days, mainly because of K-girl's milk allergy.
  • flour
  • yeast
  • water
  • oil
  • sugar
  • powdered milk (I use soy powder)
  • salt
dissolve the yeast in the warm water and sugar, then add your dry ingredients and oil.

Mix it for at least 5 minutes. I added about a tablespoon of cinnamon, just to give it some spunk.

Put it in a greased bowl and let it rise until it's doubled in size.


I couldn't believe that it worked. I'm not so good at baking because you need to follow instructions. . .which when I'm in the kitchen I don't do very well.

Mix together your cinnamon and sugar. You can now either make this one of two ways.

One-Tear balls of dough off, and dip in melted butter, than cinnamon/sugar mixture, then place in pan.

Two-drizzle some melted butter in the pan, roll the balls in the sugar/cinnamon mixture and put in pan. Drizzle each layer with butter, then more cinnamon/sugar mixture.

We did the second method.

I love that yeasty cinnamony smell. Let the dough rise a little more, than bake with about 10 coals on bottom, and 14 coals on top. About an hour to hour and 1/2 should do ya.

Wow, it's yummy! At this point (or before you bake it) you can melt 1 stick of butter and 1 cup brown sugar together and pour over the top. It's wonderfully good

The tinfoil helped us get it out the pan, and made our cleaning process a little more friendly.

  • 1 ½ Tbsp yeast
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 ½ Tbsp sugar
  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered milk (I used soy)
  • 3/4 cup veg oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp cinnamon

Directions: Dissolve yeast in the warm water with the sugar, in your mixing bowl. Let it stand 5 minutes, then mix in your flour, milk, salt, and oil and beat well with your mixer for about 5 minutes. Oil a large bowl, turn so both sides are oiled, cover until doubled in size. Punch down, form into small rolls (about the size of a quarter) and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. (Or just lay in the dutch oven, drizzle with melted butter (dairy free) and then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture). You’ll end up with about 2 layers.
If you cook this in the dutch oven, make sure you cover it with foil before you put everything in the pan. Bake with the lid on for about an hour and ½. (With about 10 briquettes on bottom, 12-14 on top) After it’s cooked, melt 1 stick of butter (dairy free) with 1 cup brown sugar and drizzle over the top. This could also be done before baking.
If you want to cook it in the oven, bake at 375degs fo 45 minutes or until golden brown.

My addition: I put a Tbsp or two of cinnamon in the dough, and put the melted butter and brown sugar on after it was cooked.


  1. Sounds like a winner. Looks fantastic.

  2. this looks great! so sad I miss these things now! Hopefully our dear bro has a good b-day party! (with you cooking at least we know there will be good food!)

  3. Very timely. Monkey bread is huge right now and you make it look simple. Thanks!

  4. Hey Krystal~
    You have salt in the recipe for the dough in the step by step part.. but not in the actual recipe part. How much salt do you use?


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