October 14, 2011

Skinny Monkey Bread {for Girl's Night In}

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There is nothing better than a girl's night in. 

I can't think of a time when getting together with a few close friends over dinner and a glass of wine was ever a bad time. 

We laugh, we're loud, we talk and giggle, we {spill}....and we SMILE!

It's what girls do... young and old. 

So when my girls decided to get together for a girls night I was ecstatic. With all the weddings and pre-made plans we've all had all summer it was very hard to ever find time to all get together so this was a night I was sure not to miss out on. 
So of course the big decision comes... what to make? 

I knew my girlfriend Erin was going to be making a fabulous dinner so I handled the challenge of dessert.

I am not the biggest fan of bread-dessert, probibly because I never had it much growing up and with my new-found hobby I have yet to get around to making on yet but I had always remembered hearing about Monkey Bread, WHAT is that?

 I hadn't really grasped the understanding of this dish until this past months issue of Cooking Light magazine came out and I saw this heavenly dessert that was apparently "healthy" for you. What? How is that possible?

Well, healthy is a relative term because we are still talking some very sweet and decadent ingredients here but again, sometimes you need to let the calories fly and enjoy a night with your girls.

This pull-appart treat was perfect. It brought me right back to when I was a kid and my mother made a whole jar of "the sweet shaker" which was just cinnimon and sugar and we would shake it over a buttered slice of bread in the morning {our weekend treats}.

The gooey drizzled topping added such a smooth texture to the fluffy bread bites. This dessert was defiantly a good choice and one we all got our fingers into...{Jess!}. 

A fabulous dessert {pick} for your next girls night IN!

Skinny Monkey Bread {for Girl's Night In}

Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 

Original recipe from Cooking Light

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 package quick-rise yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)
1 cup very warm fat-free milk
1/4 cup very warm orange juice
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Cooking spray
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 1/2 tablespoons fat-free milk, divided
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine flours, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook attached; mix until combined. With mixer on, slowly add 1 cup milk, juice, honey, and 2 tablespoons butter; mix dough at medium speed 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. 
Combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Combine 3 tablespoons milk and 2 tablespoons butter in a seperate shallow dish, stirring with a whisk.
Punch dough down; divide into 8 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll into an 8-inch rope. Cut each dough rope into 8 equal pieces, shaping each piece into a 1-inch ball. Dip each ball in milk mixture, turning to coat, and roll in sugar mixture. Layer balls in a 12-cup Bundt pan coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining 7 dough ropes. Sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over dough. 

Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until almost doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350°.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden. Cool 5 minutes on a wire rack. Place a plate upside down on top of bread; invert onto plate. Combine powdered sugar, remaining milk, and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Microwave at HIGH 20 seconds or until warm. Drizzle over bread.


The Mom Chef said...

Oh, I think yours is awesome! I like your walk through on how to make it. Plus, my dough didn't rise up as much as yours did. It was still good (and didn't even last 24 hours), but not as fluffy. I'll definitely be trying again! Thanks for visiting. :)

Oh, just so you know, I took my picture outside. Lots of light.

Ann said...

Absolutely incredible! I LOVE monkey bread, but can't have it due to a cinnamon allergy....Just perfect!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

This looks so yummy. I have never made monkey bread before but you have given me the inspiration to try!

Krista said...

If you make it I will come!!! Seriously....what time?? Thanks for sharing at Church Supper! Have a nice week, my friend!

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Maggie @ Vittles and Bits said...

This looks fabulous, I can't believe it's light! Definitely perfect for a girls night :)