Pecan and apple monkey bread

Treat yourself to a sweet and sticky pudding with this monkey bread recipe, which is stuffed with a moreish filling of apples and pecans! It's a perfect dessert to share with friends and family.
Pecan and apple monkey bread
1H 15M


Caramel sauce


1.Preheat oven to 220°C. Butter, then flour a 22cm kugelhopf bundt cake pan (see notes).
2.Peel, core and chop apples into 1.5cm pieces. Place apple in a small saucepan with the first measures of sugars, spices and the water; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; cook, covered, for 10 minutes or until apple is tender. Cool. Drain apple; discard liquid. Stir in pecans.
3.Meanwhile, combine flour and extra caster sugar in a large bowl; rub in cold butter until mixture resembles crumbs. Add buttermilk. Use a flat-bladed knife to cut buttermilk through the flour mixture into a soft dough. Gently knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes or until dough is no longer sticky.
4.Divide dough into 14 equal-sized portions. Place extra melted butter in a small bowl. Combine extra brown sugar and extra cinnamon in another small bowl. Working with one portion of dough at a time, flatten it in the palm of your hand into an 8cm round. Spoon 1 level tablespoon of apple mixture into the centre; bring dough up and over filling, pinching it to enclose and form a ball. Dip balls in the melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture; place evenly in the pan.
5.Bake bread for 20 minutes. Cover pan loosely with foil; bake for a further 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven; stand for 30 minutes to cool.
6.Meanwhile, make caramel sauce: Stir ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly.
7.Carefully run a small knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the bread; turn bread out onto a platter. Serve bread drizzled with warm caramel sauce. Dust with sifted icing sugar before serving.

A kugelhopf cake pan is a deep, round cake pan with a tubular centre and fluted sides (the pan we used was 9cm deep). They’re available from specialist kitchen shops. This recipe is best made on the day of serving.


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