Monkey Bread Muffins with Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe: (Makes about 24 muffins)
1 T. (or 1 packet) active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups All Purpose flour*
1 1/4 cup warm water (110°F)
2 T. EVOO
2 T. honey
1/2 -1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar, white or brown
1-2 T. cinnamon
Caramel Sauce Drizzle (recipe below)
Add flour yeast, salt, honey, oil, and water to a large bowl and mix well, follow by kneading for 10 minutes by hand or bread machine. Don’t be nervous to knead your own dough, just keep at it for 8-10 minutes and you will feel it really change texture and come together. Clean bowl and place dough back in, slightly oiled, and let rise 30 minutes. Roll dough into a long rope, butter the rope, and then cut into small ping pong sized balls. Mix your cinnamon and sugar into a small bowl and drop the balls in and cover, add 3-4 per muffin. Let rise again in a warm place until slightly fuller. Generously butter muffin tins (to ensure the gooey kind) and preheat oven to 350° F. Bake 18-20 minutes of until the muffins are set and the ooey-gooey is bubbling up around the muffin. Remove from man upside down and drizzle with homemade caramel topping, enjoy with cold milk or hot coffee! You will not regret one single calorie, I promise!
*I used 1/2 cup whole wheat flour for a more nutty flavor, I mean I wish I could tell you that it helped make these healthier but that would be a little white lie. You can choose to believe whatever you want, which ever one helps you sleep better at night :)
I have never made my own caramel, and after I am not sure why I had never tried it. The taste was outstanding and the process was rather simple, as long as you pay attention while cooking (sometimes harder done than said)! I highly recommend the combination of these monkey bread muffins and this homemade caramel, although BOTH are very easily edible on their own too! My only warning is to make these expecting to eat more than 1-2, unless you have just perfect self-control, at which point I would like to know your secrets, seriously. V and I enjoyed a beautiful 2 hour hike from one monastery to another after our enjoyment of each bite.
All I could think of after tasting the caramel sauce was what else I could put it on?! I dreamt of so many options but I think tomorrow I will start with a nice simple sliced apple! Enjoy one more picture before you rush to your own kitchen and make these for someone you love (including yourself!).