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Apple Cider Monkey Bread | Bakewell Junction - gooey and delicious

Apple Cider Monkey Bread | Bakewell Junction

I almost ran out of time to create a post for #TwelveLoaves this month.  As the weather turns cooler, we all begin thinking of apple desserts.  This one perfectly marries my monkey bread obsession with the apple challenge.  It’s hard to believe I made my first monkey bread less than a year ago.

I’ll submit this recipe to the Twelve Weeks of Christmas Treats too.  Apples work for fall and winter recipes.  This recipe would be perfect as dessert or brunch or snacks or any time.

What is your favorite apple dessert?

Apple Cider Monkey Bread | Bakewell Junction

Apple Cider Monkey Bread | Bakewell Junction

 

Apple Cider Monkey Bread

Yield:  6 to 8 servings                Cook Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk, warmed to 110 degrees
  • 3/4 cup apple cider, warmed to 110 degrees
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups flour, plus extra for work surface
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Coating:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 packed brown sugar (I used 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup apple cider

Icing:

  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons or more apple cider

Directions:

Step 1:  For the dough:  I used a microwave safe glass measure and heated the milk and apple cider at full power for 1 minute, 40 seconds to reach 110 degrees.  Mix the milk, apple cider, melted butter, sugar and yeast in a two cup measure.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour and salt.  Using the dough hook attachment, start the mixer on low.  Add the milk mixture slowly.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed until the flour is incorporated.  Increase the mixer speed to medium (raised my KA to the 5 setting) and let it knead for another 6 to 7 minutes.  If the dough looks overly wet, add 2 tablespoons of flour at a time and continue mixing until the dough forms a mass.  Spray a large bowl with cooking spray.  Transfer the dough to the bowl and spray the dough also.  Cover the bowl with a clean dish towel and use my tip below to aid the rise.  Let the dough rise until doubled.  If using my tip, it will double in 45 to 60 minutes.  If not, it may take 1 to 2 hours.

Step 2:  For the coating:  As the dough rises, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.  Place the melted butter and and apple cider in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Step 3:  For the shaping the dough balls:  Sprinkle a clean work surface with flour.  Transfer the dough onto the floured surface.  Spread and press the dough into about an 8 inch square.  Cut the dough into 8 by 8 slices with a bench scraper or knife.  This will give you 64 pieces.

Step 4:  Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray.  Shape each dough piece into a ball.  Dip each dough ball into the melted butter mixture individually and let excess drip back into the bowl.  Then roll them in the brown sugar mixture until they are well coated.  Place the dough ball into the bundt pan.  Layer the dough balls so they are offset and the dough ball on top is placed on the seam of dough balls below.  Repeat preparing the dough balls until all are in the pan.  If there’s any remaining melted butter mixture or brown sugar, set aside.

Step 5:  Cover the bundt pan with a clean dish cloth or plastic wrap.  Let rise until puffy and until they are about an inch or two from the top of the pan.  Mine rose to the top of the pan.  If using my oven tip below, let rise for 50 minutes.  If not, let rise for 1 to 2 hours.  If there’s any remaining melted butter, drizzle it over the top of the dough balls.  If there’s any remaining brown sugar, sprinkle it over the top of the dough balls too.

Step 6:  Bake unwrapped 30 to 35 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven with a cookie sheet underneath the pan.  I’ve found that at least one or two dough balls try to escape during baking and the cookie sheet prevents them from burning on the bottom of the oven and causing a ton of smoke.  When done, the top should be browned and the coating begins bubbling a bit.  Let bread cool in the pan for a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes.  Any longer and it may be difficult to depan.  Invert bread onto a large plate.

Step 7:  For the Icing:  While the dough cools to almost room temperature, add butter and mascarpone cheese to a large mixing bowl.  Beat 2 minutes.  I beat them on high using a hand-held mixer.  Beat in vanilla extract and cinnamon.  Mix in the powdered sugar at a lower speed (this prevents having powdered sugar everywhere).  Mix in the apple cider.  If you want a thinner icing, add more apple cider in teaspoon increments until you reach desired consistency.  Spread the icing on top of the bread – the icing will drizzle down the sides of the dough.  Serve warm or cold.

Enjoy!

Recipe inspired by Cooks Illustrated.

Tips:  If your house is chilly like mine always is and your dough doesn’t rise, you can boil a pot of water while preparing the dough and place the water and dough in a cold oven.  The boiling water will create a warm moist environment in the oven for the dough to rise well.  Leave the oven light on and it will add to the warming effect.  I use this tip even during the warm weather months.

This month, the #TwelveLoaves bakers are baking with APPLES!

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and run with the help of Heather of girlichef, which runs smoothly with the help of our bakers.

Our host this month is Heather from girlichef, and our theme is Apples. For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month’s mouthwatering selection of #TwelveLoaves Pear Breads!

#TwelveLoaves: Apples

If you’d like to add your bread to this month’s #TwelveLoaves collection, here’s what you need to do:

    1. Post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, making sure to mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post (this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts).
    2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of this blog. The bread MUST meet the Twelve Loaves theme (October = Apples).
    3. Share your Twelve Loaves bread (must be baked and post this month) on your blog by October 31, 2014.

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All Butter Pound Cake

Butter Pound Cake | Bakewell Junction - tender and delicious; melts in your mouth.

Butter Pound Cake | Bakewell Junction

When I had recently made Peach Brandy Pound Cake with Peach Brandy Glaze my hubby said he wanted a plain butter pound cake.  This in no way stopped him from devouring the flavored one.  Anyhow, I set out to find an all butter pound cake.  After reviewing many different recipes, I narrowed it down to this one.

I recently purchased a Nordic mini bundt pan and was dying to use it.  I was not compensated to say this but I love Nordic pans.  They’re made in the USA, they’re a quality product and they last forever.  I’m still using the bundt pan my Mom bought in the seventies.

I made sure I used my new pan for part of the batter in this recipe.  The mini bundts looked so cute and I thought they tasted even better than the loaves.  My loaves turned out a little dense but I think that’s because I only made two loaves and six mini bundts when I should have made three loaves and the mini bundts.  I didn’t cover my loaves with aluminum quickly enough so they were a little darker than they should have been but that didn’t hurt the flavor any.  All the cakes were super moist.  Hubby loved the cake and so did my co-workers.  This recipe would be great for gift giving or a Christmas morning brunch.

I’m posting a little early but why don’t you join us for the fourth week of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats on Wednesday.

Brenda from Meal Planning Magic hosts 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats and I hope you’ll join us this year.  I’ve participated for the last two and had a great time each year.

Enjoy!

Butter Pound Cake | Bakewell Junction - tender and melts in your mouth.So cute.

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Butter Pound Cake | Bakewell Junction - tender and melts in your mouth.Want some?

All Butter Pound Cake

Yield:  4 – 8 by 4 loaves                 Cook Time:  45 – 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound butter (4 sticks), room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling

Step 1:  Use cooking spray to liberally grease 4 8 inch by 4 inch loaf pans and then flour.  In my case I prepared my mini bundt pan in the same way.  Beat butter for 30 seconds to soften it a little bit.  Add the sugar and beat on high for three minutes.  Scrape down the the bowl and beat again for another minute.

Step 2:  Add the vanilla extract, eggs, salt and baking powder.  Beat another three minutes until the mix becomes light an fluffy.  Scrape down the bowl and beat again for another minute.

Step 3:  Spoon in the flour and add the milk in alternate additions.  Mix to combine completely after each addition.  Scrape down the bowl and beat to ensure the ingredients are completely combined.  The batter should be light and fluffy and hold a peak.

Step 4:  Gently scoop the batter into the prepared pans.  Even out the top with a rubber spatula.  Do not tap the pan to settle the batter as this would make the cake denser.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes for the loaf pans.  If you see that the tops of the loaves are getting too brown, cover them with aluminum foil.  If you’re using mini bundt pans or cupcakes bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.  Test cakes for doneness using a toothpick – it comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Step 5:  Cool cakes in the pans for 15 minutes before extracting them.  The tender and delicate cakes need to firm up before removing.  Ensure the cakes aren’t stuck before depanning.  Remove cakes and cool completely on racks.  Serve with powdered sugar if desired.

Storing:  Be sure not to tap pans or slamming the oven door.  Store in a sealed plastic container for a few weeks.

Enjoy!!!

Recipe adapted from Chefs Ref.

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