The French have French fries. The Belgians have Belgian waffles. And Spain has Spanish rice. In the melting pot of a country that is the United States of America, we partake in the creations of other locales daily. But one of the sweetest dishes we can claim as our own is monkey bread. However, we have Hungarian immigrants to thank for producing the delicious pastry.
Because, throughout the 1900s, Hungarian and Hungarian Jewish immigrants established bakeries in the United States that sold monkey bread, or Hungarian Coffee Cake, or aranygaluska.
Appropriately translated, aranygaluska means “golden dumpling.” It could be due to the fact that individuals baked yeast balls until they achieved a light brown or golden tinge. Or, it could simply be a result of the intense feeling of luxury and fulfillment people experience after eating just one bite of monkey bread. Either way, the Hungarian and Hungarian Jewish recipe has maintained its traditionalism throughout the decades and centuries.
Although there are more McDonald’s in the country than Hungarian bakeries, there are a few in the United States that monkey bread enthusiasts can plan on visiting. Magyar Living recently put a list together of some of the most well-known Hungarian bakeries, including 8 in Ohio, 5 in New York, 4 in Michigan, 2 in California, and 1 in Illinois, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Check out the list to see if you live near any of these shops!
So, the French can have their French fries. The Belgians can have their waffles. And Spain can have its Spanish rice. The United States has something to be proud of too. At Monkey Bread Village, we love our monkey bread. We think you should too.