275 ml semi-skimmed milk
2 tbsp bourbon
2 × 7 g sachets active dried yeast
700 g strong white bread flour
1 tsp salt
50 g golden caster sugar
50 g unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten with a fork
125 g butter
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
250 g granulated sugar
150 g walnut pieces
50 ml maple syrup
50 g light brown soft sugar
75 ml bourbon
- For the bread, warm the milk and bourbon until hand-hot in a microwave or a pan. Sprinkle in the yeast and leave until frothy – about 10 minutes.
- Mix the bread flour, salt and sugar in a big bowl, then whisk the butter into the milky yeast, followed by the eggs. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, then tip onto a worksurface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth (or with a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook). Put the dough back into a bowl covered with greased clingfilm and leave to rise somewhere warm until doubled in size.
- Before assembling, melt the butter in a frying pan, then grease a 2-litre bundt tin with a small amount. Mix the cinnamon into the granulated sugar, then sprinkle a tbsp into the base of the tin with a few of the walnut pieces.
- Pull the dough into about 50 pieces, and roll them into balls. One by one, dip into the butter to coat, drain off the excess, then roll in the spiced sugar. Put haphazardly into the tin until you have a full layer. Scatter with some more walnut pieces, then carry on layering the balls and nuts evenly in the tin. Cover with the tea towel, and leave to rise for 45 minutes-1 hour at room temperature until the dough is risen and doesn’t spring back when you poke it.
- Heat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C, and save 3 tbsp of the remaining melted butter. When the dough is nicely risen bake for 35 minutes until golden. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes, then turn it onto a serving plate, and give the tin a sharp tap to release the bread. Don’t move the tin off the bread though – leave it on so the monkey bread keeps its shape as it cools.
- Once almost cool, remove the tin. Mix the maple syrup, brown sugar and bourbon with the reserved butter in a pan and bubble until syrupy. Drizzle the bread with the bourbon glaze to serve.