Roasted Sweet Potato Monkey Bread
Pillowy, sweet, delicate, yet filling. The very essence of comfort food.
Yield: 1 large Bundt, serves 8-10
For the roasted sweet potato purée:
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar, dark
- Pinch of salt
For the roasted sweet potato monkey bread:
- 2 cups water (110-115°F)
- 4½ tsp (two packages, ¼oz. each) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1½ tsp salt
- Roasted sweet potato purée (see above, yields about 1-1 ½ cups)
- 1 egg
- 4 Tbsp melted butter
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 5-5½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup walnuts or pecans
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- For the Roasted Sweet Potato Purée:
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut your sweet potato in half and cover each side with oil, sugar, and salt. Roast for 15 minutes or until tender and caramelized. Remove from oven, allow to cool. Scoop contents into a food processor and blend until smooth; alternatively, smash with a fork. Use for below monkey bread recipe.
- For the Monkey Bread:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, pour in water, yeast, and sugar. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until foamy.
- Turn mixer on medium-low and add salt, purée, egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix until ingredients are incorporated. Turn mixer speed down to low, add flour, one cup at a time until dough is not sticky and pulls slightly away from the sides of the bowl.
- With floured hands, change the paddle attachment for the dough hook and turn on medium speed to knead for 3 minutes. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead by hand for an additional five minutes until springy and elastic. Place in a well-greased bowl and cover with tea towel, let rest for one hour.
- Grease a standard Bundt pan with a lot of butter and flour. Sprinkle ¼ of brown sugar and a few marshmallows and nuts evenly over the bottom of your Bundt (which, when inverted, will be the top).
- Punch dough down after one hour of rising. Using a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut dough into four equal pieces, then cut each of these fourths into eight equal pieces (for a total of 32 pieces). Roll each one into a ball.
- Layer the bottom of the Bundt pan with about half of the dough balls. Cover evenly with about half of the remaining sugar, nuts, and marshmallows. Repeat with remaining dough balls and sugar/nuts/marshmallows.
- Cover with tea towel, and let rest for 10 minutes. Place Bundt pan on a cookie sheet to avoid any messes in your oven—the marshmallow can get sticky!). Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. With oven mitts, invert Bundt onto a plate and gently remove from pan.
- Serve immediately.
- Recipe created by Fig and Bleu.