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Chunky Monkey Bread for Kneaders French Toast

While I’ve been busy making lots of changes to the appearance of my blog,
I’ve also been working hard to improve my posts as well.
Over the next few months, you may see more than several recipes from last year re-baked, re-photographed, and re-posted.
A lot of my recipes from the beginning of my blog are a little rough.
Measurements are off.
Instructions are weird… or just missing altogether.
And I can’t even talk about the photography.
The Baltimore Bomb Pie was pretty high on my list of recipes to fix.
So, check that one off.
And due to it’s recent and unexpected popularity on Pinterest
this Chunky Monkey Bread for Kneaders French Toast is next on the list!
I’m only re-doing Part I (the Chunky Monkey Bread).
Part II (the caramel syrup and french toast) is pretty okay as is–
so make sure to head that way after you make this bread!!

Kneaders French Toast is nothing short of phenomenal. Truly.
A lot of people think it’s the caramel syrup.
And while I can’t deny the caramel syrup is certainly  something to write home about,
It’s the bread that really makes this breakfast special.
The chunky bread with the brown sugar and cinnamon swirls throughout–
that’s what really puts their french toast over the top.
So don’t think you can skip this part and just head for the syrup!
Uh-uh. No way, mister!
Take the time to make this right!
Your waistline will thank you.
…eh. Maybe not. But the crowd at the breakfast table certainly will!
Some of us (*cough*) aren’t totally capable of waiting for the French Toast…
Chunky Monkey Bread
Makes 2 loaves

    For the Dough:

    • 1 c. warm water
    • 1 tbsp. yeast
    • 3 tbsp. sugar
    • 3 c. AP flour (do not use whole wheat!)
    • 1/4 c. dough enhancer
    • 3 tbsp. butter, soft
    • 1 tbsp. oil
    • pinch of salt

    For the Brown Sugar Filling:

    • 2 c. brown sugar
    • 1/2 c. butter, melted
    • 2 tsp. cinnamon
    1. Proof the yeast by sprinkling it over the water. Sprinkle the sugar over the yeast. It should all start to sink into the water and eventually become foamy.
    2. Meanwhile, add remaining dough ingredients into a bread machine or a stand mixer.
    3. Add the yeast mixture into the bread machine or bowl.
    4. If using a bread machine, run through dough cycle.
    5. If using a stand mixer– use a paddle attachment to mix together until a dough ball forms. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Punch down with bread hook. Repeat two more times.
    6. Meanwhile, grease and line two bread loaf pans with parchment paper.
    7. Mix together the brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon.
    8. Remove from bread machine or bowl. Divide dough into halves. Continue to divide into halves until you have 64 small dough balls.
    9. Line the bottom of the two pans with dough balls.
    10. Spread each of them with the brown sugar mixture. Continue alternating layers of dough with layers of brown sugar until no more remains (I got 3 layers of dough, 2 of brown sugar).
    11. Cover and let rise for 30 more minutes.
    12. Bake at 375º for 27-28 minutes.
    13. Remove and let cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let continue to cool on rack… or start eating :)
    14. If you’re making french toast, click here for the rest of the recipe and instructions!

    *Not totally necessary, but strongly recommended if you have access to some! Simply omit from the recipe if you don’t.

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    Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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    18 Responses to “Chunky Monkey Bread for Kneaders French Toast”

    1. Kamila Gornia posted on March 23, 2012 at 12:46 am (#)

      Now that’s a beauty! :) Nice bread!

    2. Hayley posted on March 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm (#)

      We need to have a talk, missy.
      Why do you make things that are irresistible to me? Seriously. I don’t have a sweet tooth. I could ignore cookies and cakes and things but French Toast? Really–French freakin’ Toast. You HAD to go there, didn’t you? I kinda forgave you for the Samoas posts but now this? I am salivating. And sad that you don’t ship. When I die, please hook this intravenously to me. I love it.

    3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on March 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm (#)

      I could eat this in one sitting. Well, I guess I could say that about most of your stuff. It’s awesome. I don’t think this would make it to french toast. No, ma’am. And I like your idea of re-doing some posts. I’ve been thinking about that as well. I like to pretend they never existed. LOL

    4. Mom Photographer posted on March 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm (#)

      so want to eat it write now ;) It looks srumptious!

    5. Sue Alexander posted on March 28, 2012 at 9:42 am (#)

      well the pictures alone are making me hungry!

    6. Heather posted on March 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm (#)

      um – WOW! sounds and looks amazing.
      ~visiting from grateful belly:)

    7. shopannies posted on March 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm (#)

      I bet that sure is good come see me at

    8. Natalie posted on May 7, 2012 at 10:38 am (#)

      I am so excited to try this! I miss Kneaders. Could you freeze the second loaf to make more French toast later? Thanks!

    9. Jocelyn posted on August 26, 2012 at 10:07 am (#)

      I love love love kneaders and I now live outside of utah and I am so sad cuz no more kneaders. Where do you get dough enhancer? That is the only thing that I am missing!


    10. Jocelyn posted on September 7, 2012 at 9:43 am (#)

      I commented before but I don’t believe that the profile i was under had a email linked to it so i am going to try again.

      I love love love kneaders and I now live outside of utah and I am so sad cuz no more kneaders. Where do you get dough enhancer or do you use a homemade one? That is the only thing that I am missing! I have searched all the stores around me so i am wondering if there is a substitute or if it would be fine without it?

      • Something Swanky posted on September 9, 2012 at 7:18 am (#)

        Yay! Glad you came back :)

        The dough enhancer I use is called Augason Farms. I have to buy my on Amazon (which I think is completely worth it, by the way) as I don’t live in UT anymore, but you can find it at any Macey’s grocery store out there either in the baking aisle or in the food storage section.

        And you definitely don’t HAVE to have it either. It just makes it softer, longer. But this is still a great recipe without it!

    11. AP posted on October 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm (#)

      Uggh, help, just made the dough. Do you leave space between the balls in the pan. If not, I have no where near enough to cover the bottom and do 3 layers!!! Help!

      • Ashton posted on October 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm (#)

        Do you have smaller loaf pan you could use? Don’t stress over the three layers, and just make sure the bottom is covered, and don’t cram the dough balls together.

    12. Alicia posted on March 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm (#)

      I might be stupid, but I’m confused about punching the bread down twice with the dough hook. Just one simple tap and then let it rise again for 30 minutes?

    13. Pam posted on June 27, 2014 at 11:34 am (#)

      This is not a criticism, just a thought: It would be nice if you did step by step pictures instead of all the pictures being of the final result.

      • Ashton posted on June 28, 2014 at 7:53 am (#)

        I agree! It would be nice :)

    14. sue posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm (#)

      I printed the chunky monkey bread part 1 but I can’t connect to the part 2 for french toast.