We are taking a brief break this week to enjoy the holiday season. Here is aÂ Decadent Momma Recipe for Crann-Apple Cream Cheese Christmas Cake to enjoy with family and friends!:
This Makeover Momma original spin on the traditional “monkey bread” cake is a fun finger food for seasonal parties, holiday dinners or morning cobbler. It is completely gluten-free and dairy free, and has a festive taste of cream cheese and cranberries. Try changing the recipe for your own tastes by substituting with chopped dates or figs, pears or anything else your heart (or taste buds) desire.
- Gluten-free Bread Mix (like Gluten Free Pantry Favorite Sandwich Bread).
- 12-20 tablespoons of butter (or dairy-free alternative like Earth Promise brand).
- One container of dairy-free, gluten-free cream cheese (or standard).
- One medium apple (chopped)
- 1 cup of dried cranberries
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 4-5 tablespoons of cinnamon
– Mix the bread dough according to directions, in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and softened dairy-free butter to the dry bread mix with yeast. Pre-heat the oven to 370 degreeÂ and let the mixing bowl sit for 30 minutes (until it rises or thickens).
– Chop the apple in small pieces and combine with dried cranberries in a small bowl. Fill bowl with lukewarm water and allow them to soften. Next, combine the white sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl.
– After the dough has risen (which may not occur with a gluten-free brand), begin taking small pieces of dough (in â€œmonkey breadâ€ size bites), rolling in the cinnamon and sugar, and placing in a greased cooking pan of choice.
– After one layer of dough pieces has covered the bottom of pan, take scoops of softened cream cheese and spread evenly over the surface. Next, take the drained and softened apple and dried cranberry pieces and sprinkle across the cake.
– Stack another layer of rolled, cinnamon sugar dough pieces over top, until completely covered. Add a final garnish of apple pieces and cranberries over top for color.
– Bake for 30 to 40 minutes (or more), until the dough visibly firm (like a doughnut) and lightly browned.