The recipe is from Beard on Bread. It calls for pre-soaked dried currants, but I didn't have any, and opted to use pomegranate "craisins" instead. I'm sure it would work with raisins, dried cranberries, or even dried blueberries. My bag of dried pomegranate seeds was brand new, so they seemed moist enough that I didn't bother to soak them, but did give them a rough chop to be closer to the size of dried currants.
I've made this recipe by the book before. Today's improvisation worked extremely well. Monkey bread is a sweet yeast bread that requires two risings, plucking off balls of dough to roll in a butter/brown sugar/dried fruit mix, and uses a tube or angel food pan. The texture and moisture is a bit like a sticky bun.