Dahlia bakery monkey bread – seasons and suppers

Back in September, I had the chance to visit the beautiful city of Seattle. Quick and easy banana bread recipe I loved Seattle! I want to go back soon. Great banana bread recipe While I was there (among other things) I drank a lot of great coffee and ate a lot of delicious food.

Amazing banana bread recipe One of those memorable meals was at Dahlia Lounge, one of several Tom Douglas restaurants in and around Seattle.

Delicious monkey bread muffins, adapted from the famous Seattle Dahlia bakery.

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. Banana nut bread easy 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. Easy moist banana bread They are then served with vanilla mascarpone and jam for dipping. 4 banana bread recipe To.Die.For. Easy quick banana bread 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. How to make banana bread from scratch I was so anxious to get my hands on it, I couldn’t even wait to put it on my Christmas wishlist. Banana bread best recipe I ordered it right away. Banana bread recipe 2 bananas And since it arrived, I’ve been pouring through it trying to decide what I would bake from it first.

I 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. How to make banana bread moist Made from the same brioche dough as the donuts, the dough is chopped and topped with a great streusel and baked into individual servings. Best banana nut bread And as if that wasn’t enough, they’re served with a warm caramel sauce for dipping. Classic banana bread recipe How could I not try that?

To say these were great would be an understatement. Healthy banana nut bread So indulge me for a moment while I gush about this Monkey Bread. Yummy banana bread recipe First, the brioche was beautiful. Simple banana nut bread 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. Oatmeal banana bread Finally, the cinnamon vanilla streusel that tops it all delivers both crunch and a salty note, which is perfect with the sweet caramel dip.

All that gushing said, this is a two-day baking adventure (mostly passive), that while lengthy, is not difficult. Bread banana 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. Banana bread recipe simple (I believe they would also freeze well, if you wanted to make them well ahead). Banana bread moist recipe These are perfect for a special brunch, for a sweet gift or maybe as a Christmas morning treat. Simply recipes banana bread I’d say they are perfect for anytime, but they are far too dangerous to have around on a regular basis 😉

This recipe is made over two days. Banana bread best The streusel and caramel sauce can both be made ahead, if you prefer. Blueberry banana bread You’ll need either some pre-made parchment Tulip muffin cups, or make your own with some parchment paper. Easy recipe banana bread Recipe adapted from Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle by Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance.

• Day before baking, make the brioche dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the milk and yeast. Best easy banana bread recipe Allow to stand for 10 minutes.

• Add the flour, sugar, salt and eggs to the bowl and using the dough hook, mix on medium speed (4 or 5 on a Kitchen Aid mixer), until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and wraps around the dough hook. Quick easy banana bread Be patient! This could take 15 or 20 minutes. Chocolate chip banana bread recipe Pour yourself a coffee and check on it occasionally, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times.

• Once the dough is ready, remove it from the dough hook and place it onto the bottom of the bowl. Banana bread healthy Turn the mixer back onto medium (still with the dough hook) and start adding the butter a Tbsp. Sugarless banana bread at a time, waiting until the butter is fully mixed into the dough before adding the next Tbsp. Banana bread simple Repeat until all the butter is mixed into the dough. Super moist banana bread (If the butter sticks to the side of the bowl, just stop the mixer and push it down).

• Remove the dough to a greased bowl (a silicone dough scraper really helps here), cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled, about 3 hours. Recipe of banana bread When the dough has doubled, remove to a lightly floured surface (again, a plastic dough scraper is handy as the dough is soft and sticky still) and punch the dough down to remove any air bubbles. I need a recipe for banana bread Re-grease the bowl, return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

• Next day: Prepare a baking sheet by covering with a sheet of parchment paper. 3 banana bread recipe Set aside. Low fat banana bread recipe Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a lightly floured surface (something that you can cut on). Banana bread loaf recipe Using a bit of flour as necessary to prevent sticking, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Low calorie banana bread recipe Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 3/4-inch squares. Banana blueberry bread This works out to be a lot of little squares that will quickly get sticky as the dough warms, so work quickly to scatter the dough pieces onto the parchment lined baking sheet (I used a spatula to scoop up a bunch at a time and spread them out on the pan. Yummy banana bread Try to arrange in as much of a single layer as possible, but don’t sweat it. Simple banana nut bread recipe The squares are easy to break apart once they are frozen. Small banana bread recipe More important to get them into the freezer before they soften too much and melt together). Easy recipe for banana nut bread Place the baking sheet with the dough pieces into the freezer until they are frozen solid, about 45 minutes.

• Meanwhile, prepare the caramel sauce by placing the sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Banana nut bread easy recipe Have your heavy cream measured and ready next to pot. How to make banana bread recipe Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves, about 3-4 minutes. Banana bread simply recipes Once the sugar is dissolved, raise the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Bake banana bread Once boiling, do not stir any more. Easy banana bread recipes moist Allow the mixture to boil until the syrup turns a deep amber colour. Extra moist banana bread (You can use the pot handle to gently move the pot and swirl the mixture a bit but do no stir). Healthy banana nut bread recipe Watch it closely. Easy banana bread recipe 2 bananas As soon as the syrup has coloured nicely, immediately remove from the heat and add the cream. Tasty banana bread recipe Stand back as it may sputter. Baking banana bread Do not stir until the mixture settles. Easy way to make banana bread Once settled, return the pan to low heat and stir with a wooden spoon until any solids of caramel have melted. The best banana nut bread Remove from heat and stir in the butter until melted. 5 banana bread recipe Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until needed. Traditional banana bread recipe (Can be re-warmed in the microwave as needed).

• You should also prepare the streusel by placing all the ingredients into a food processor and pulsing a few times until the mixture looks shaggy. Light banana bread recipe Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. Super easy banana bread (You can also do this by hand by combining the ingredients in a bowl and using your finger-tips to rub the butter into the dry ingredients).

• When you are ready to assemble the buns, using a 12-cup muffin tin or two 6-cup tins, place 6 tulip parchment liner into alternating holes (leaving every other one empty, to allow room for the dough to expand).

• In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, sugar and cinnamon. All recipes banana bread Remove the dough pieces from the freezer and spoon into the bowl. How to make banana bread easy Toss the dough pieces in the sour cream mixture until the pieces are well coated. Best banana bread ever recipe Divide the dough pieces evenly between the 6 tulip parchment liners. Two banana bread recipe Let stand to rise at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size, about 2 1/2 hours. Amazing banana bread When the dough is about risen, pre-heat your oven to 375° F. Banana bread recipe from scratch When ready to bake, top each muffin with the streusel mixture, using all of it (it may seem like a lot, but use it all up).

• Bake in the pre-heated oven for 24-26 minutes, until the dough is cooked and they are golden brown on top. Banana bread recipe 4 bananas Allow the cook in the pan for 5 or 10 minutes, then remove the muffins to a cooling rack to cool. Banana bread recipe easy moist Serve with a small bowl of warm caramel sauce for dipping.

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. How do you make banana bread It’s one of those ones where everything looks appealing and the only problem is what to make first.

Are you looking for simple, seasonal, everyday recipes? Do you love classic, homey, comforting food, but with a bit of a modern update? Do you want to explore new flavours, but not go too far out of your comfort zone? Do you want to cook from scratch, but don’t want it to take a lot of time, money or fancy ingredients? Me, too! 🙂

I’m a home cook who loves to share these kinds of recipes. Best recipe banana bread I hope you’ll cook along!

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