With a heavy dose of macerated blueberries, zesty bright lemon, and sweet cream cheese icing – This Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread turns the traditional on its head!

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

A quote.

By Ferris Bueller…

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

 We don’t look around enough. You, me… All of us. We’re guilty of preoccupation, of the never ending rat race. The one that leads to… Where?

Where the hell are we going in such a hurry?

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

 Why aren’t we slowing things down? Why aren’t we enjoying life? Why are we constantly on our phones, answering emails, fulfilling someone else’s dream? Life is passing us by. Are these questions too thought provoking?

OK – I’ll stop.

No… I’ll slow things down.

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

Let’s bake ourselves a batch of Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread.

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

Monkey bread is not a quick “wham bam” situation. This monkey bread takes time. There is a macerating of deliciously tart blueberries, zesting of a lemon, a sprinkle of sugar.

There is the slightly hoppy scent of yeast. There is kneading and sticky fingers involved. Very sticky fingers. There is a slightly sticky dough which comes together and gets coated in butter.

There is the rise. The waiting.

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

There is a punching down of dough. A press down, really. A cut, a roll, a dip into butter, and a roll in sugar. The spooning of macerated berries over balls of sugared dough. There is a covering of said blueberries by more balls rolled in sugar.

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

Another rise, another wait… Meanwhile the scent of it all is most intoxicating. And it has yet to bake. Finally this is popped in the oven, where the blueberries burst and release their juice; and when coupled with sugared balls of dough  make syrupy oven babies.

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

Monkey bread is inverted onto a plate where warm blueberries fall every which way. A quick cream cheese icing is made; the very last piece of this doughy, fruity, syrupy, lemon zested puzzle.

A drizzle.

A heavier drizzle.

The heaviest of drizzles.

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

A serving. Tines of a fork sinking into a piece of syrupy dough and 3 warm blueberries.

A taste.

That moment of  utter bliss.

A repeat.

A repeat.

From start to finish… Many steps. Almost 3 hours.

3 hours where I thought of nothing but steps which yielded this monkey bread. A bread devoured the very same day by two generations of strong women, plus a mini third. Her strength in the making.

Talking, laughter, and monkey bread in a small kitchen.

It was worth the wait.

Blueberry Lemon Monkey Bread {mind-over-batter.com}

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