This Monkey Bread turned out to be a hit in my home. I hope it's a hit in your home as well.
1/4 cup warm water
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
1/4 tsp. sugar
3 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbls. sugar
2 Tbls. melted butter
1 cup warm milk
*In a small bowl dissolve yeast in the 1/4 cup of warm water. Add 1/4 tsp. of sugar and set aside.
*In a big mixing bowl mix together the flour, salt, vanilla, egg, sugar, 2Tbls. of melted butter and milk. Once this is mixed, add the yeast mixture. Knead by hand or mixer with a hook for 4 minutes or until smooth. The dough will be sticky.
*Cover the bowl with plastic and let the dough sit for 30 minutes.
*After 30 minutes, roll out the dough and cut into strips. Then cut into small balls.
*Melt about a half of stick of butter (you may need more or less). Put about a cup of brown sugar and tsp. of cinnamon in another bowl. Mix with hands. Dip each piece of ball in the melted butter. Then into the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Once completely coated, gently drop the balls into the bundt pan. Make sure you spread the balls out. Don't worry if it looks like there are holes among the balls. As your bread bakes, it will all come together.
*Once all the balls are in the bundt pan, cover with plastic and let it sit for 1 hour.
*Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Now pull apart with your fingers. If you find yourself pulling a piece of bread every time you walk by like I did, take a break, grab a plate and pull as many pieces as you like.