How to make it

  • BUTTER A 12-cup Bundt pan; set aside.
  • PREPARE dough and filling.
  • PROOF the yeast for the dough in warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer for 5 minutes, or until foamy. (You can proof in a regular large bowl to do this recipe if you do not have a stand mixer but your arm will fall off working the dough.)
  • WARM the milk to 100 degrees in a saucepan over low heat while yeast is proofing. Add warmed milk, buttermilk, 3 T. sugar, 2 T. butter, 3 1/2 cups flour, and salt to the proofed yeast. With a paddle attachment, mix on low speed until combined, then increase speed to high; beat for 2 more minutes.
  • SWITCH to the dough hook and add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour. Mix on low speed until incorporated, then increase speed to medium. Mix for 5-7 minutes, or until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (It will still be stuck to the bottom of the bowl, so don't worry.) Cover bowl with plastic and let dough rise in a warm place for 1-1 1/2 hours, or until doubled. Butter two 9" square pans. (I know, 9" is not a regular size that many have but it is better just because they get BIG)
  • SOFTEN 3/4 cup butter for the filling in a bowl in a microwave for 30 seconds. Use a hand mixer to blend in the sugar and cinnamon; set aside (do not chill).
  • TOAST pecans in a nonstick skillet until golden and fragrant; chop and set aside. While dough rises make caramel topping.
  • COMBINE brown sugar, cream, maple syrup, bourbon, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat (DO NOT STIR, and keep an eye on it--there's a tendency for it to boil over).
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, then pour 1 cup caramel into the prepared Bundt pan. Set aside.
  • ONCE the dough has risen, hook your fingers under the edges to release the dough from the bowl. Scrape it onto a well-floured surface, sprinkle flour over the top, and press gently to remove air bubbles. Divide the dough in half and roll one portion into a 10 x 16" rectangle.
  • SPREAD half of the filling onto the dough,and sprinkle with 1/2 c. pecans, pressing them lightly into the dough. Cut each rectangle into thirds and roll the rectangles long ways - jelly-roll style- into logs. (Remember that you want minature cinnamon rolls to pile on top of each other in the bundt pan.)
  • TRANSFER to a baking sheet, freeze 10 minutes, then slice into 1" rolls with a serrated knife.
  • ARRANGE rolls in the prepared pan in circles, building two layers. (Another words, pile the minature cinnamon rolls on top of each other all the way around the Bundt pan.) Cover with foil that's been coated with non-stick spray, then let rise for 1 hour; preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake bread, covered with foil, for 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake an additional 25-30 minutes. Allow the bread to rest for 15 minutes.
  • MEANWHILE, bring the remaining caramel to a simmer, then add the remaining 1/2 c. pecans. Invert bread onto a plate, then drizzle with caramel.
  • A LONG PROCESS, but great eating. Soo many people enjoy this when I make it. I love the aroma I get in the whole house. Yum! :D

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  • lafella 11 years ago
    I have got to try this one!!
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    chef_irish ate it and said...
    GREAT RECIPE,,,,Yummy
    High 55555's for An Awesome Post!
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    " It was excellent "
    lovingmybabbyalways ate it and said...
    Mmmm sounds really really good and looks amazing I just can't wait to taste it.
    Great Recipe
    Ps. You got my 5.
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    " It was excellent "
    lenora ate it and said...
    Yikes with the instructions but I am a baker and really do enjoy the monkey bread. Thanks for the recipe.
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    " It was excellent "
    deliathecrone ate it and said...
    My grandson, Matthew, said to give you 5! So I did.
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    " It was excellent "
    magali777 ate it and said...
    this is incredible! thanks for posting!
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  • nlo209 12 years ago
    Wow this looks fantastic....absolutely going to try it. Thanks
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  • jett2whit 12 years ago
    Yummy! I haven't done bread baking before...I guess I'm so used to the quick fix cookie or else a pound cake. I am willing to try this one tho'...Anythings possible! Thank you!
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  • suzalleogram 13 years ago
    Love bourbon, will try soon
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    " It was excellent "
    berry ate it and said...
    Wow... I most try it.... delicious!
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  • absinthebride 13 years ago
    This looks SO good!
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  • noir 13 years ago
    :) Guess what I am going to make! Thank you for a awesome recipe.
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  • dixiejet 13 years ago
    OMG ! I wouldn't want to share ANY of this with the hubby; I would want it all for myself !
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    " It was excellent "
    magflower ate it and said...
    great recipe...this blows my own recipe right outta the water.
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  • coffeebean53 13 years ago
    This looks like an amazing recipe. I'll try it soon. Thanks for the great post.
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  • zena824 13 years ago
    This sounds so awesome... Im gonna have to go buy me some stretch pants if I dont quit copying all these dessert recipes.... LOL
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  • sher 13 years ago
    Oh My dear I have died and gone to heaven these look fantastic.
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  • lollya 13 years ago
    YUMMY! Hey, you do yours in a bundt pan? i've seen those monkey roll pans at williams sonoma and am inclined to buy one...but maybe a bundt pan would be more useful? hmm. those monkey pansa are pretty cute too though.
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