Hello all my friends! Hope you are having a wonderful December. It’s Gina from Kleinworth & Co. In our house Christmas morning can be pretty busy. I’m sure it’s like that in most households. The kids get up, we have some family time & open gifts. Sometimes we get together with friends & once in a great while we travel to be with family.
This year will be quiet & I am so looking forward to it. The chaos has lessened now that the kids are older. However- one thing has not changed, the need to have something wonderful on hand for breakfast on Christmas morning. I don’t like spending my day cooking & cleaning. I want to be with my family & enjoy these precious moments with them. I would typically spend Christmas Eve baking cookies to leave out. We are beyond that now & so I spend my time baking something great for breakfast the next day instead.
One favorite Holiday Spice Monkey Bread.
This makes a great neighbor gift too. I used to make a bunch of these & take them around to all the neighbors so they would have something for breakfast on Christmas morning too. Now time doesn’t quite allow for that. But it sure was great to see their faces light up with joy. I miss that.
Now- you can make the glaze & drizzle it over like I did here. Or you can top this with butter while it’s hot & let it get all melty & wonderful. Then use the glaze as a dipping sauce on the side. Either way is wonderful. While this doesn’t typically last more than a few hours in our house- I do know that it reheats well with a quick zap in the microwave. You will love it.
- ¼ cup warm water
- ¼ cup granulated sugar + pinch for yeast
- 1 pkt rapid rise yeast
- 2 tbsp shortening
- Cooking spray like Bakers Joy
- ¾ cup milk- warmed
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 large egg
- 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup pecans - chopped
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp grated nutmeg
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- Combine warm water & pinch of sugar in small bowl
- Sprinkle yeast over top - stir
- Let yeast mixture sit approx 5-10 minutes - it should look frothy when done
- Place shortening, warm milk, sugar, salt & egg in mixer bow with dough hook attachment - mix on medium
- Add yeast mixture & mix well
- Slowly add flour - kneading on medium for about 1-3 minutes
- Place in a greased bowl - cover & let sit in a warm place to rest about 20 minutes
- Spray your bundt pan with cooking spray
- Now make the coating by melting the butter in one small bowl
- In another small bowl combine remaining coating ingredients & mix with a fork
- Sprinkle a small portion of this mixture in the bottom of the bundt pan
- When dough is done resting - pinch off ½ -1 inch pieces & roll into balls
- Dunk each ball of dough in melted butter & then roll in sugar & spice mixture & place in bundt pan
- Continue until all the dough is coated
- Cover with plastic wrap & let rise about 1 hour or until double in size
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Bake monkey bread 30-35 minutes
- Allow to cool in pan at least 30 minutes
- Invert onto plate to remove
- Make icing by combining all ingredients & whisking until smooth
- Drizzle over the top of the bread or use as a dipping sauce
Enjoy & Merry Christmas!
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Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today!