“Mom, what’s cooking today?” Garv asked in a very enthusiastic tone. And equally excited, I replied, “I am baking Monkey Bread today.” And I am thankful to Kelly Lawson to decide to Pull apart bread as the theme for November 2017. I wanted to make this bread for a long time now.
What??? And the expression on Garv’s face was incredible. A Monkey bread. Do you mean you will use a monkey as an ingredient in your monkey bread?
And I had a burst of laughter that I could not stop for the next 5 minutes. He understood that the monkey is not an ingredient in Monkey Bread. So what is monkey bread? His next question. And I happily explained.
What is Monkey Bread?
This Hungarian dish became popular in the US when the Hungarian immigrants started selling this dish in America in the 1880s. The sticky monkey bread is a sweet sticky coffee cake with cinnamon sprinkled on it. This dish is a popular breakfast treat in the US.
“How can I forget to pull apart bread? I had to fight with my friends to eat some part of it in school. They will just snatch pieces from me, it’s so easy to pull pieces from that bread.” Garv sadly explained his grievance. Lol.
Correct, so today we are going to make a similar easy pull-apart monkey bread.
Garv’s curiosity and questions kept increasing, and he kept shooting one after the other.
So, what is monkey bread made of?
Recipe to make monkey bread fairly simple. To make monkey bread dough all you need is flour, yeast, oil, water, sugar, and salt. Again, sugar is just to activate the yeast. For the flavor of the bread, you will need butter, cheese, pizza sauce, and mixed herbs.
“And that’s it?” Garv looked surprised.
Would you use the regular loaf tin to bake this bread?
Ideally, you need a bundt pan to make monkey bread. But because I don’t have one, I will show you how to make monkey bread without a bundt pan.
“Wow! That’s amazing.” Garv’s eyes glittered with fun and thrill. He said, “Mom, I am already feeling hungry. How long do you bake monkey bread for?”
I then have to tell him to keep quiet if he wanted to eat the bread. The curiosity to eat the bread zipped his mouth and bought an end to his questions. I could thankfully proceed with this best monkey bread recipe.
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Let’s make Monkey Bread
In a bowl take yeast and sugar. Dissolve it with lukewarm water and let it rest for 10 min or until yeast froths. Once yeast is activated, it’s time to move to the next step. In a large mixing bowl, take flour and salt. Add activated yeast solution to it and start kneading the dough by adding little water at a time.
We need soft and little sticky dough for the bread. Add the water accordingly. I consumed 200 ml water in total including water used for dissolving the yeast. Amount of water totally depends upon the quality of flour you are using and weather conditions as well. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the dough and continue to knead.
Initially, the dough will be a little sticky. Don’t worry, just continue to knead it for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes of kneading, you will get a soft, smooth, elastic and non-sticky dough. Place the kneaded dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel or cling wrap. Let the dough rest until it doubles in volume. This process is known as the First rise (proofing).
Time taken by the dough to be double in volume, depends upon the climatic conditions. An ideal temperature for proofing is 35 °C to 40 °C. As per Pune’s weather, it took 35 minutes to the dough to double in volume. Once dough doubles in volume, take it out on a lightly floured surface and punch it to release the air.
Be gentle with the dough after all yeast is a living organism. Divide the dough into equal sized small portions. I divided it into 30 equal portions. Size of each portion depends on your choice. I personally like the small portion size. Easy to hold for my kiddo.
Let’s assemble the bread
To assemble the bread, we need grated cheese, pizza sauce, mixed herbs, and melted butter. Take a bundt pan or in case you don’t have, then just make a small ball of parchment paper and place it in the center of a greased pan (as shown in the picture).
Now dip each dough ball into butter and start arranging in the pan. Prepare one layer with dough balls.
Apply a layer of pizza sauce followed by a layer of cheese. Sprinkle mixed herbs. Now repeat the layer of dough balls followed by pizza sauce and cheese.
Cover it with cling wrap and let it rest until it doubles. This is known as the second rise. For me, it took 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 200 °C.
Bake the bread in a preheated oven at 200 °C for 30 minutes. Once baked, take the bread out of the oven. Demould it.
Serve this amazingly delicious Monkey bread with hot Mushroom Spinach soup.
Monkey Bread Calories Count
BreadBakers Theme for November 2017
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.
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