Spiced Pumpkin Monkey Bread
A pick-apart dessert for the ages. Organic Valley Unsalted Butter takes center stage in this chewy, sticky-sweet creation. Beat in ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon to add a little spice to the chewy goodness.
1 tbsp active dry yeast (not rapid rise)
1 cup Organic Valley Whole Milk, heated to 110º F.
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tbsp for yeast (for bread)
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (for bread)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (for bread)
1/2 tsp ground ginger (for bread)
1/4 tsp ground cloves (for bread)
6 tbsp Organic Valley Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) Organic Valley Unsalted Butter, melted
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar (for Spiced Sugar)
1/2 cup brown sugar (for Spiced Sugar)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (for Spiced Sugar)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (for Spiced Sugar)
1/8 tsp ground ginger (for Spiced Sugar)
1/8 tsp ground cloves (for Spiced Sugar)
Dissolve yeast in 110º F milk in large bowl of electric mixer fitted with dough hook; let stand 10 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup sugar (substitute granulated sugar with brown sugar for a more caramelized look and flavor), pumpkin puree, 4 1/2 cups of the flour, salt and spices for bread. Beat at medium speed until a soft dough forms, about 2 minutes. If needed, add additional flour to form a smooth and moist (but not sticky) dough, beating an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Add softened butter and mix until just combined.
Place dough in a buttered, medium sized bowl, turning the dough to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until dough has doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for Spiced Sugar in a shallow bowl; mix well.
After dough has risen to double in size, punch dough down and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Divide evenly into golf ball-sized pieces (1 1/2 ounces each). Roll each piece into a ball.
Butter a 10-inch Bundt pan or ring shaped cake pan or mold. Dip each ball of dough lightly into melted butter, then dip heavily in spiced sugar.
Place rolls evenly in prepared pan, stacking on top of one another. Pour any remaining butter over the rolls and sprinkle with a small amount of any remaining sugar mixture.
Cover and let rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled in size, 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes.
Heat oven to 350º F. Bake bread until puffed and light golden brown, about 35 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes in pan.
Invert onto a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.