December 3, 2008

Sweet cinnamon monkey bread - A cinnamon roll wannabe

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The sweet smell of baked cinnamon rolls wafting through the air, many a times wondering how it could actually sweeten up the air it mingles with. The aroma and warmth of it just unbeatable.
Sigh! But those cinnamon rolls are loaded with butter and sugar that makes it exclusive, isn't it? Oh well, at least the icing that goes on top of it. Without the icing, it is just makes a mass of swirled dough!

This recipe fuses two of my favorite things, bread and those sinful cinnamon rolls. I did come up with this just because I couldn't resist the idea of bringing those two in one healthful dish and also because I just adore the spice called Cinnamon.
In fact, it is such a versatile spice, used in both savory and sweets dishes. But again, to best preserve its aroma and flavor, I always store a good quality cinnamon powder and sticks in the freezer.

The name "monkey bread", because it is basically a pull apart bread, that comes off in little individual rolls. They are usually single layered, but I stacked them on top to give it that bee hive effect.
You may also slice them, toast it, and slather a little of some good spread mixed with honey and "wow" yourself! :)

My recipe calls for 1/4 cup of cinnamon and sugar mixed together, but this actually does not knead that much. It is just the minimum I could come up with so that I can acutally roll the dough in. You will have a lot of leftover which you may use later.
So people who are trying to stay away from sugar... try not be intimidated by this one.

Sweet cinnamon monkey bread

Ingredients:

White Whole wheat flour - 3 cups
Whole wheat pastry flour - 1 cup
Yeast - 2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Warm water - 1/4 cup
Salt - To taste
Water - To knead
Cinnamon + Sugar - 1/4 cup (Adjust the concentration of cinnamon as need be)

Method:

Mix yeast, and 1 tsp of sugar with warm water. Let it activate for about 10 min.

Meanwhile mix the flour and salt together. Add it to the yeast mixture and knead along with salt and more water.

Knead till it forms a smooth ball. That should be about 15 min. The more you knead, the better rise you will get.

before rise

Cover and let it sit for about 2 hours, till it doubles.

after rise

Plop it over onto a floured surface and fold over a few times.

Roll them into balls and coat each one with cinnamon sugar and arrange on the baking pan of any shape you prefer. They will expand, so space in between them in okay.

bake

Cover and let it rise for about an hour or two.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Bake for about 40 min or until golden brown on top and the cinnamon sugar gives it a nice color.

Rest for about an hour outside the oven.

You could either pull them apart or slice them to serve.

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91 comments:

  1. seems easy and healthy. looks great.. romba tempting a iruku. nice attempt to make it low fat.

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  2. I know it is delish and delish.I too had made orange and cardamom version.This looks lovely and I wish I could inhale the cinnamony smell that wafted while baking.

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  3. Another one of your awesome recipes that is going into my must try recipes folder....looks fantastic,love the healthy twist to this bread using whole wheat flour!

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  4. These look phenomenal!! I heart cinammon rolls of sickly sweet syrup all over them make them ooey gooey and terribly sinful. I love that you made these healthier w/o compromising on flavor, great pic!I am majorly impressed by bakers and people who make bread, how do you do it? Takes a lot of patience I suppose:)

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  5. I love all of your recipes! Gives me hope for whole wheat baking! I'm not much of a baker as it is...then throw in the whole wheat element and I'm lost! These look great!!

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  6. Nice name to the bread. Is there a way I could substitute Cinnamon????
    Also Can I have your email to get in touch????

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  7. I cannot wait to try these! I love the idea of getting all of that great cinnamon smell and taste in a healthier package!

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  8. this is one other recipe i need to try from your blog.It is piling up already and I better start doing them soon. Monkey? good creativity...I thought intha breada nee senchathala monkey breadnu per vechierukanu LOL!hey just kiddin...:)

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  9. My dad used to make monkey bread and it was amazing, but you took it to a whole other level with the cinnamon YUM!!!!!

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  10. That bread looks heavenly, I bet it's fantastic fresh from the oven!

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  11. what a lovely bread with a funny name! mmm. I can smell the aroma of cinnamon right from the pic.

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  12. Bread looks scrumptious..seems very interesting Anu, can guess the aroma of this bread, wat a amazing falvoursome bread, BTW u looks too cute..

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  13. This looks really delicious - I really love cinnamon too. Definitely feels like December when there's so many spices like cinnamon, cardamom and saffron around! Looking forward to trying this recipe out. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. I'm usually put off by the bread-sugar-cinnamon combo. It reminds me of the airport cinnabons, which I dont like. But your homemade version sounds fabulous! Monkey bread is always fun!

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  15. I love cinnamon bread. Beautiful monkey bread you have made; I love the textural airyness!

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  16. I am not cinnamon & sweet person, I ve seen many monkey bread but this one looks good and with healthy ingredi. Hope u enjoyed the bread!

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  17. What a lovely bread, Divya. I can almost imagine the heavenly aroma of cinnamon filling your house as you baked this. Delicious!

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  18. Oh my! You have such a pair of great hands in kneading. Your bread looks heavenly!! Yummy!

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  19. wow..i did not not know it was so easy to make monkey bread..i had imagined something really complicated..and about the smell of the cinnamon, is indeed so heavenly..will try this one sometim,e..

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  20. Every time I see a monkey bread recipe I want to make it but I never do because it's so unhealthy. My passion with cooking is to make dishes healthier and you are an expert at it, I love this!

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  21. I love the aroma of cinnamon..I was just imagining cinnamon filled bread ummm.....

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  22. hey is that u in logo pic. so cute da. Bread romba nalla irukku adhavida neenga(ninga thane!) romba nalla irukinga ha ha ha....

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  23. Very creative dish Anu, looks yummy :)

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  24. What a magnificent and decadent breakfast treat. For anytime really. Monkey bread is such a cute name for this delicious recipe of cinnamon rolls. Thank you Anudivya.

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  25. Gorgeous and looks so tempting. Me too love the cinnamon flavor in the bread.

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  26. I love cinnamon roll! Especially with a cold glass of milk.

    Your cinnamon monkey bread looks yummy :)

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  27. is that you in the profile pic,dearie?

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  28. I love cinnamon rolls too. But after the indulgence it kinda makes me uncomfortably full. This should be reaalllllyyyyy good. bookmarking this. That pic of all the dough together kinda made me laugh,a s if some kid dunked the balls in the hoop:-)

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  29. I promise myself, baking bread with yeast is one of the things to learn and do. Your posts always inspire me. :)

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  30. Hi, first time here, this looks so cute and delicious!

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  31. Lovely..and whole grain so no guilt.

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  32. Bread looks yummy. I love the aroma of cinnamon. You have made the recipe sound simple making me to try it.

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  33. looks yummy n sounds new ..

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  34. mmmmm ....thy loks so warm and fresh,...:-)

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  35. Hi Anu, Thanks for your comment. Even me first time into your blog, amazed of your recipes, still have to explore. And me i started my sugar art just 5 months back. catch u later.

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  36. Ha aha. let me know yr mail id dear. On c ing yr old chilli pic I thought of calling u as red hot chilli pepper Ah??!.. But u looks so cool and kiddish.
    New n hot post is waiting come n enjoy dear.

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  37. They look so warm, fresh and tasty.

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  38. Mm.. Superb bread! yummy yummy!
    Check out my blog too and let me know ur comments.

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  39. Oops! This seems a must try here.yes,we too are serious cinnamon flavourites.But i usually make the powder at home..the bread looks awesome anu..

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  40. That such nice looking bread i must try it bookmarked

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  41. wow! that's looking scrumptious!

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  42. I would love to grab a piece from that..it looks divine Anu..just perfect!!

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  43. Thanks for this recipe, Anudivya! Looks delish ... cinnamon is an ingredient I can use liberally.

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  44. hmmmm yummy! cinnamon is also one of my favorite spices. I just love the smell of it when it is cooking :)

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  45. Would love to taste a piece of that freshly baked bread!!

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  46. That looks delicious! Tempting me so much to grab one..

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  47. This sounds so cool and healthy. The cinnamon roll i do is loaded full o butter, but ur version is so good. Will try this soon.... YUM!

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  48. WOw they looks so beautiful.
    Wish i really had few of them.

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  49. This looks FANTASTIC! I love cinnamon anything so this bread is calling my name.

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  50. Monkey bread is such a funny name Divya!! hehehe...but I jus love the pic of the dough so shiny it looks :) Wonder how u managed to knead and also click a pic like that?It looks very yummy and nice.

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  51. I've never made monkey bread, but this looks and sounds absolutely delicious!
    Please stop by my blog for a well deserved award. http://akbaking.blogspot.com/

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  52. Oh dear ! this looks divine. I love cinnamon and bread recipes . They are so sonforting. This is a must try for me. Thanks

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  53. I love the concept of monkey bread - we don't have it in the UK. It's on my "to bake" list!
    Yours looks divine!

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  54. Fantastic bread with a funky name.
    you look hotter than those chillie peppers;)

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  55. wow.. looks really delicious.. thxs for sharing..

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  56. The aroma of cinnamon as this baked must've been great! The pull apart rolls look yum.

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  57. That looks delicious and right on time for the holidays. Thank you for the recipe :)

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  58. Hulloo Divya. You changed your icon. Nice to put a face to you. I've just started baking, and am looking for varieties. I love this dish, and majorly just for its name 'Monkey Bread' hee hee . I am going to try and invent Donkey Bread :-))))))))))))
    All your dishes, and presentation are amazing!

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  59. Such a great looking bread. I am sure it tasted delicious. Love the name too, pretty unique and sweet monkey, indeed!

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  60. Wow, that looks really delicious! :)

    This is my first time to your blog. You have a really great place here. I will have to come back again!

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  61. looks wonderfull a bowl full of breads. and a good healthy twist.

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  62. hey divya is that u in the pic???U look so cute dear...am sort of missing all ur recipes in this busy month...hope i'll soon catch up with u all guys..

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  63. Hi Divya,
    Your icon is CHANGED now,your Blog looks much better(NO MORE CHILLIES)
    Ramkumar

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  64. Looks delicious and aromatic.. Never ventured in the field of bread making

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  65. hey i just baked a batch of simple white bread last night in the MW...so no browning as such..but tasted good...infact served it for breakfast today. :)

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  66. That bread looks perfect for breakfast, I'd love to eat some right now!

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  67. Yum those look great. Check out my blog for an award I gave you!

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  68. Wow....luks amazing, sounds healthy too..

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  69. Hey, this cinnamom bread looks just great.

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  70. Mmmmm... I love cinnamon as well. The recipe sounds amazing. I can imagine the aroma of the cinnamon while baking. Thanks for sharing.

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  71. This looks so divine. I can just imagine the smell of wintry cinnamon wafting through the flat!

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  72. This looks completely scrumptious!

    I keep hearing about "monkey bread," but I've never had it before... that's definitely gonna change soon!

    Thanks for the recipe :)

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  73. These look fantastic! beautiful pictures! I belive you that the smell of these rolls baking was awesome.

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  74. now that's a very cute photo of yours. Good to see in picture too. :)

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  75. Superb, these looks so nice and yummy !! tempting pictures !!

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  76. Ranjani - One of the reasons I bake bread, is because I am totally addicted. It is a satisfying process. Once you start it, can be difficult to stop.

    Sangeeth - Appadiyum vechikkalaam :)

    Kaitlin & AK Mom - Thanks so much for the awards. Appreciate your gesture.

    Cilantro - Yes you can substitute Cinnamon, what kind of spice do you have in mind?

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  77. oh my gosh...looks lovly...nice tempting rolls...ur profile pic looks beautiful...

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  78. Wow..you are popular :-)
    I really don't know why the feed is not working for ya.
    My feed link is as follows:
    http://veggiefoodist.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Beyond that I'm clueless..sorry. But if I go to follower, I see you, so I don't know what's going on.

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  79. This looks beautiful, I've seen a lot of great recipes for monkey bread but never tried it before.

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  80. Hmm, interesting recipe.. I've not heard about monkey bread before.. But looks healthy and tempting!

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  81. Wow looks gr8. Name sounds amusing.

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  82. Looks tempting.. Your recipes are always different . I admire your recipes. Profile picture looks cute :-)

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  83. 87 comments? my goodness.. u r going to win "most commented blog" award.hehe

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  84. Your snaps lok so good I can almost smell the freshly baked bread and the cinnamon. :-)

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  85. Oh this looks so good! Thanks for the recipe!

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