Dahlia Bakery Monkey Bread

By: Jennifer M November 24, 2012 Breads, Sweets 11 Comments
Monkey Bread Muffins
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Back in September, I had the chance to visit the beautiful city of Seattle. I loved Seattle! I want to go back soon. While I was there (among other things) I drank a lot of great coffee and ate a lot of delicious food. One of those memorable meals was at Dahlia Lounge, one of several Tom Douglas restaurants in and around Seattle.

I’d heard that no meal at Dahlia Lounge would be complete without a sampling of their great desserts, most of which come from Tom Douglas’ Dahlia Bakery. We enjoyed both the famous Coconut Cream Pie and the Donuts, which come to the table fresh and warm in a paper bag and the server shakes them in the sugar. They are then served with vanilla mascarpone and jam for dipping. To.Die.For. Both desserts more than lived up to their reputation.

Flash forward a few months and I discover that Tom Douglas has published a new cookbook – The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness In Seattle – including recipes for all the bakery favourites like that pie and those donuts. I was so anxious to get my hands on it, I couldn’t even wait to put it on my Christmas wishlist. I ordered it right away. And since it arrived, I’ve been pouring through it trying to decide what I would bake from it first.

Dahlia Bakery Cookbook CoverI posted a review of The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle by Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance, if you’re interested in learning more about this cookbook and my thoughts on it.

The Donuts seemed liked an obvious choice, but I was intrigued by the Monkey Bread. Made from the same brioche dough as the donuts, the dough is chopped and topped with a great streusel and baked into individual servings. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’re served with a warm caramel sauce for dipping. How could I not try that?

Monkey Bread Muffins

To say these were great would be an understatement. So indulge me for a moment while I gush about this Monkey Bread. First, the brioche was beautiful. The sour cream/sugar/cinnamon mixture that the dough bits get tossed in made for a wonderful moist bun with the sweet cinnamon weaving it’s way through. Finally, the cinnamon vanilla streusel that tops it all delivers both crunch and a salty note, which is perfect with the sweet caramel dip.

Monkey Bread Muffins

All that gushing said, this is a two-day baking adventure (mostly passive), that while lengthy, is not difficult. It’s the kind of recipe that you will work through a bit tentatively the first time around, but once you go through the process once, the second time will be a piece of cake monkey bread.

Much of the process for making these can be done ahead. (I believe they would also freeze well, if you wanted to make them well ahead). These are perfect for a special brunch, for a sweet gift or maybe as a Christmas morning treat. I’d say they are perfect for anytime, but they are far too dangerous to have around on a regular basis ;)

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  1. Liz November 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Wow! Those look great, especially with your own bowl of caramel to dip in!

  2. Jennifer M November 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Thanks Liz. The combination was of the bun and the sauce really, really good! (I thought it might be a bit over-the-top, but it really wasn’t at all).

  3. Renee November 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Wow. This looks sensational. So wish I would have had time to check out Dahlia….next time!

    • Jennifer M November 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks Renee. I never made it to the actual Bakery either (that’s for my next time), but can definitely recommend Dahlia Lounge for a meal (and dessert) for your next time!

  4. Sophie November 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Wow, Jennifer this sounds amazing :) I had not heard of this bakery before you posted about it! Those donuts sound INSANE, too! I might have to put this book on my Christmas wishlist……

    • Jennifer M November 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      These were delicious and those donuts will be attempted at home soon! (Since I probably won’t be back in Seattle for a while :)

      This is a great cookbook for the Christmas wishlist. It’s one of those ones where everything looks appealing and the only problem is what to make first.

  5. Tessa December 2, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I have a complete soft spot in my heart for monkey bread. I have no words for this. It sounds so good!

    • Jennifer M December 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

      I do too, Tessa. There’s just something about the tearing it apart thing that is so satisfying. (And here, the caramel dip just makes it so perfect)

  6. Marlene March 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Jennifer
    These look great! I want to know if they would freeze well.

    • Jennifer M March 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Marlene and thanks. Yes, these freeze beautifully!

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