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Amish Caramel Pecan Monkey Bread

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Fans of monkey bread recipes will go crazy for this unique version of the classic treat. This Amish Caramel Pecan Monkey Bread may take a bit of prep work, but the end result is well worth the effort. With a caramel glaze topping and the crunchy addition of chopped pecans, this Amish-inspired monkey bread recipe is unlike any you've tried before. Once you give this sweet treat a go, you'll soon be hooked on Amish cooking!

Preparation Time: 45 min

Chilling Time: 12 hr

Cooking Time: 35 min

Ingredients
  • 1 package (2 ½ tsp.) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups flour
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  • For the Caramel:
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
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  • For the Assembly:
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Add the milk, butter, sugar, eggs, salt, and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  3. Turn onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6–8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. For caramel: In a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter, and cream to a boil. Cook and stir for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour half into a greased 10-inch fluted pan; sprinkle with half of the pecans.
  6. Assembly: Punch dough down; shape into 40 balls (each about 1¼ inches in diameter).
  7. In a shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place melted butter in another bowl. Dip balls in butter, and then roll in sugar mixture. Place 20 balls in the tube pan; top with remaining caramel and pecans. Top with remaining balls.
  8. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30–35 minutes or until golden brown. Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm.
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