Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sourdough Surprises: S'mores Monkey Bread

Oddly enough, my first encounter with “Monkey Bread” wasn't until I was a sophomore in college, when one of my speech classmates made it for her demonstration and brought in the obligatory sample. Of course I only got a bite, and I remember the buttery mess of the classroom as much as I remember the cinnamon doughnut-like taste. It's not something I ever made. After sitting out a month of Sourdough Surprises, they chose that as the February challenge. Biscuit dough thrown into a pan? I could do that.

In all actuality, I used my tried and true scone recipe (halved) for the bread. I had some miniature marshmallows I'd bought for a recipe I can't seem to get around to trying, some chocolate chips, some graham cracker crumbs...why not make one of my favorite dessert inspirations?

As I mentioned, the mess the monkey bread made was one of the more memorable things about it. So I chose to be inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Kirbie's Cravings, for the recipe. She simply rolled the dough in sugar rather than slathering it in a buttery mess and let the marshmallows create any stickyness.

So my recipe:
S'mores Monkey Bread

1 cup flour
1/2 tblsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 1/2 tblsp butter
2/3 cup sourdough starter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup miniature marshmallows
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tsp sugar

  1. Sift the first 5 ingredients together. Cut in butter.
  2. Add sourdough starter and vanilla, kneading on a floured surface until dough is no longer sticky. Knead in chocolate chips
  3. Mix graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. Divide dough into 12 equal parts and roll in crumb mixture. Place in a greased loaf pan. Top with marshmallows and remaining graham cracker crumbs.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Allow to cool before enjoying!

It's a good thing I snapped that photo right away. My family certainly enjoyed it. It had the same soft and chewy consistency that the scone had with all the s'mores goodness added. My only complaint? I only got two pieces!

I suppose it's something to keep in mind for next time...

Check out our other awesome monkey breads!