Monkey Bread
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Serves: 1 Loaf
  • -Yeast Ingredients-
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • -Dry Ingredients-
  • 1 ¾ cup rice flour, plus ½ cup more to be added later
  • ¾ cup cornstarch (or a half and half potato/tapioca starch blend), plus ¼ cup more to be added later
  • ¼ cup milk powder
  • 2 ½ teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
  • -Wet Ingredients-
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large free range organic eggs
  • ⅓ cup warm water
  • -Filling-
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Grease one loaf pan with butter. I have an extra-large loaf pan, and the dough fit in this pan perfectly. However, it did not all fit in the average-sized loaf pan, and I ended up making another mini-loaf. You could also use a round 9 inch springform pan. Preheat the oven to WARM.
  2. Hand-whisk the yeast ingredients together in a bowl, then place them in the oven to proof. How to proof yeast.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in another small bowl.
  4. Blend the wet ingredients together in a large bowl with your electric mixer.
  5. Pour the yeast ingredients, fully proofed, into the wet ingredients and blend until mixed.
  6. Turn the blender to low and slowly pour the wet ingredients/yeast into the dry ingredients. Blend for one minute. The mixture will appear very thin at first, but it thickens as you blend.
  7. After one minute, stop blending, and allow the mix to set for one minute. Meanwhile, turn the oven back on to the WARM setting. Blend the mix for another minute, and allow to set for another minute. See the picture below the recipe to see how your mix should look at this point.
  8. Add the extra ½ cup rice flour and ¼ cup cornstarch to the mix and beat until just blended. You’ll want it to look kind of like the picture below. Note the flour on the edges—It has not been completely blended it. You want it mostly blended, so it is good and thick, but don’t blend any more than you have to. See the second picture below recipe for an example of dough thickness.
  9. Allow the dough to set in the bowl while you melt the two tablespoons of butter. I use a saucepan to melt it, but you can also use the microwave. While the butter is melting, stir together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Note: You may need more cinnamon/sugar mixture later on, depending upon how small you make your balls.
  10. Once the butter is melted, set the butter, sugar/cinnamon mix, greased pan, and bread dough on your work surface. Coat your hands lightly with cornstarch (or tapioca/potato starch) and grab a clump of dough. I made my balls about 2 inches in diameter, but if you’ve got the patience for it, smaller balls would be even better—for example, ¾ inch would be perfect.
  11. Roll the dough into a ball and dip lightly in the butter. You don’t want to use too much butter on each ball, since, after all, you only have two tablespoons of butter. You could use more butter in your bread if you want, but this will cause the bread to sink (butter ruins the yeast rise). However, I’m of the opinion that the more butter you have, the better the bread.
  12. Anyway, since you have only a small amount of butter, coat lightly. What I did was dip the ball in, roll it around, and then held it over the mix so that the butter could drip off.
  13. After the ball is lightly coated in butter, roll it around in the sugar/cinnamon mix until completely coated. Again, see the pictures below the recipe for step-by-step.
  14. Put the ball in the pan and start on the next ball. Repeat this process until all the dough is used up.
  15. Note: Don’t pack the dough balls too tightly, or they will stick together. You want them touching, but don’t squeeze them in too tight. See picture for an example of how tightly the balls should be packed.
  16. After the dough is used up, stick it in the oven on WARM. Allow the oven to remain on WARM for about 15 minutes, then turn the oven off completely and allow the bread to rise another 30 minutes (in all it will rise for 45 minutes). You may want to position a cookie sheet below the bread pan, in case some of the dough falls off the edges.
  17. Once the bread is fully risen, turn the oven to 350 degrees F and cook for 45-55 minutes, until brown on the top and firm to touch.
  18. Enjoy.
Recipe by I Am Gluten Free at