This started off as a crazy experiment that went terribly RIGHT! My kiddos are evenly divided about whether or not I should put pecans on caramel monkey bread, but it is Fall, and I had a nice basket of apples just calling out to me...when it dawned on me, Caramel Apples! Or better yet, how about Caramel Apple & Pecan Monkey Bread?
Is it a thing? Could it be a thing? You betcha!
Caramel Apples are good. Caramel Pecan Monkey Bread is wonderful. But add some crisp and fresh granny smith apples, tossed with cinnamon sugar, and add them to the mix, and this stuff is incredible! The apples bake up tender and fill the caramel with such a wonderful fresh-baked apple flavor - I was amazed at how simple and delicious these turned out!
And the apple fragrance that wafted thru the house while these were baking? It's the kind of thing that they try to make candles to smell like!
So I layered the pecans in the bottom of my bundt pan, topped with half of the cinnamon-sugar sprinkled apples, half of the cinnamon-sugar dough, followed by another layer of apples and dough. Warm and thick homemade caramel sauce....cooled down just a tad, is then carefully poured over the top - and finds its way down between all of the dough and into the apples and pecans. Ooey, gooey perfection!
And ten minutes after I put them out, they were gone. Not a drop or crumb left!
And now, if you'll excuse me, we are in the middle of celebrating a sunny September day!