An interesting fact about our American history is the love Ronald and Nancy Reagan had for monkey bread. It was a staple in their home every Christmas dinner. Nancy even went on record in 1982 when being interviewed by the New York Times about her love and passion for the delicious bread.
If you are curious to learn more about her favorite recipe, we have compiled it right here:
- 1 3/5-ounce cake compressed yeast or 1 package dry yeast
- 1 and 1/4 cups milk
- 3 eggs
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 and 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter – at room temperature
- additional butter – melted
Once you have gathered these ingredients, you’ll want to find a bowl and mix the yeast with part of milk until dissolved. Next, add two eggs and beat then mix in the dry ingredients while adding milk here and there, and mixing thoroughly. You’ll then want to cut in the butter until blended. Knead the dough, and let it rise 1 to 11/2 hours until doubled in size. Knead it one more time and let it rise for 40 minutes.
You’ll then want to grab a floured board and roll the dough out into the shape of a log. Cut the log into 28 pieces of equal size. Form each piece of dough into a ball and roll them in melted butter. Keep in mind, to place 7-8 balls in the bottom of each ring mold, leaving space between. You can then place the remaining balls on the top, again spacing evenly.
Let the dough rise and brush the tops with remaining egg (beaten). Bake in a preheated (375 degrees) oven until golden brown. The total heating time should only be about 15 minutes.
Enjoy the monkey bread!