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The Crumb Stash: The Pioneer Woman’s Monkey Muffins

I am a HUGE fan of pull-apart loaf, also known to some as “monkey bread.”  Just ask anyone who was in San Francisco with me when John and I got married.  On wedding day, we all got up early and walked across the street to the Ferry Building Marketplace to grab one [or three] of Acme Bread Company’s delicious currant pull-aparts along with some other yummy stuff.  There is nothing much better in the world for breakfast than that and a latte from Blue Bottle [for those of you out on the West side, Equator Books in Venice now serves Blue Bottle Coffee].

I’m a newbie to Ree Drummond’s blog, The Pioneer Woman – I sort of love her.  She doesn’t take herself too seriously and her blog is full of wonderful recipes, stories and photographs, especially of her life on a working ranch in Oklahoma.  Her photos are gorgeous.  Looking at one of her recipe posts always sets my tummy a-rumblin’.  And I swear that woman has a third hand – she always has these action shots while she’s cooking [either that or she’s got camera-timers down pat].

She recently posted a recipe for what she calls “monkey muffins” that got all me all kinds of excited.  You can see the original recipe [and tummy-rumblin’] photos here.  It was my first venture into no-knead bread dough – no-knead bread dough is freakin’ awesome.  And Ree’s “monkey muffins” are freakin’ awesomer!

Monkey Muffins

adapted from The Pioneer Woman

makes 24

No-Knead Rolls
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast
  • 4 cups (Plus 1/2 Cup Extra, Separated) All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tablespoon [or 1 1/2 teaspoons]  (heaping) Salt
Preparation Instructions

Mix the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan and scald – you’ve scalded the mixture when little wisps of smoke appear, just before the mixture starts to boil.

Turn off heat and leave to cool for 30-45 minutes. When the mixture is lukewarm to warm [stick your clean finger in there] sprinkle in both packages of Active Dry Yeast. Let this sit for a minute. Then add 4 cups of all-purpose flour. Stir mixture together. Cover and let rise for at least an hour.

After rising for at least an hour, add 1/2 more cup of flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir mixture together. At this point, you can transfer the dough to another container and cover the dough and put it in the fridge until you need it – overnight or even a day or two, if necessary.  If it starts to overflow from the container, just deflate or “punch” it down.

Monkey Muffins
  • no-knead rolls dough
  • 3/4 stick Butter
  • 6 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 can Sweetened, Condensed Milk
Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Add 1/2 teaspoon butter to muffin tins. Sprinkle in cinnamon-sugar.

Roll dough into walnut sized ball and place three into each muffin tin [I am little OCD so I used a small ice cream scoop to scoop out uniform-ish-ly sized balls of dough]

Top with 1/2 teaspoon butter. Sprinkle on more cinnamon-sugar.

Allow dough to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or so, or just go ahead and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.

Remove from oven and immediately drizzle plenty of 1 teaspoon [or more] of sweetened condensed milk over the top of each one.

Scoop out with a spoon and serve to hungry humans.

** if you don’t dig sweetened condensed milk, leave the planet now!  ok, you can stay.  but if you don’t like sweetened condensed milk, roll the dough balls in some cinnamon-sugar placed in a plastic zip top bag before putting them into the tins [you’ll obviously need to make more cinnamon-sugar than what’s needed above].  these should be sweet enough to pass for monkey muffins without needing the condensed milk.

*** if you’re feeling extra dangerous, throw in some chocolate chips, dried fruit [like currants or cranberries] or some nuts [pecans would be my #1 pick] into the tins before you set them aside to rise before baking.

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  1. An
    December 26, 2009 at 3:14 +00:00

    Shells! Saw this, clicked over to the Pioneer Woman’s website and now I’m addicted. Thanks, I think…

    Hope you, John, and the boos had a great Christmas 🙂


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