Is There A Way I Can Make Monkey Bread Ahead for Christmas Morning?

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Q: I will be making monkey bread for my family this Christmas and would like to bake it fresh Christmas morning. The trouble is we will be traveling to New York from Virginia to celebrate Christmas.

The recipe calls for allowing the dough to rise for 1 to 2 hours, then rolling it into balls and dipping in the sugar coating. The dough balls are placed in the Bundt pan and allowed to rise for another two hours before baking. Would it be possible to make the dough Monday night, place in Bundt pan and allow to rise on the drive to NY Tuesday and bake Christmas morning on Wednesday? Thanks so much for the help!

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Editor: I think your plan is good! Just refrigerate the dough (when it's not in the car!) between each step. Also, know that the sugar coating on the monkey bread will melt into a syrup as the dough sits, but I don't think this will be a problem since it's all getting baked into sticky deliciousness anyway. In fact, our own recipe for Monkey Bread actually calls for the shaped loaf to be refrigerated overnight anyway!

Readers, have any of you ever tried something like this? Any advice?

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