FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.-- Kaitlyn Wiener won first place in the 2013 Fleischmann's Yeast "Best Baking Contest" with her recipe for "Maple Cream Cheese Monkey Bread."
This former Iowan stopped by the KARE Barn this morning to share her winning recipe and a few baking tips.
Maple Cream Cheese (Mini) Monkey Breads
Courtesy: Kaitlyn Wiener
1 cup warm milk (120-130)
1 (1/4 oz) packet Fleischmann's RapidRise yeast
3-3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp butter, melted
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm milk and yeast and let sit until foamy, about 2-3 minutes. Using the paddle, stir in 1 cup flour, salt, vanilla, brown sugar, egg, and melted butter until the mixture is smooth. Switch to a dough hook and continue mixing. Add remaining flour slowly until dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm area to rise 30 minutes, or until doubled in size. While its rising, make the cream cheese filling, sugar mixture, and sauce.
Cream cheese filling
1- 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup maple syrup (plus 2 tbsp for drizzle)
Mix softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup maple syrup together until smooth. Set aside.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl for rolling the dough balls.
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
Stir together butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup until combined. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease one 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Once dough is doubled in size, remove from bowl. Pat into a rectangle on the counter. Cut into 36 squares. One at a time, flatten each square into a circle. Fill with about 1/2 tsp cream cheese filling, seal edges, and roll into a ball. Roll ball in sugar mixture, and place three balls in each muffin cup. Once complete, pour the sauce evenly over the muffin cups. *Note, you will have extra cream cheese mixture. Save for frosting. Bake 17-20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool. Heat cream cheese mixture for 30 seconds to melt, add 2 tbsp maple syrup and drizzle over monkey bread. Serve immediately.
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