I’ve decided to make the Weekend Cooking meme, hosted by Beth Fish Reads a regular monthly post at Book’d Out. Cooking is something I enjoy and I have been making more of an effort again lately, so I am looking forward to sharing some of my culinary adventures.
I’d never heard of Monkey Bread until I was browsing for ideas for using my bread machine and stumbled upon a recipe for Cinnamon Monkey Bread. While I am not particularly a fan of sweet treats like icecream, chocolate and cake, I do love fresh, hot cinnamon donuts – though indulge only rarely given not only the price ( $8.50 for a dozen at Donut King) but also the deep fry calorie load. Anyway I bookmarked the recipe, and looked forward to attempting it.
In the manner of convenient coincidence I received Monkey Business by Kathryn Ledson for review just before the end of the year and decided to pair the two. I had all the ingredients on hand and prep was simple. While I waited for the dough to knead and rise I read, enlisted the help of one of my daughters to dunk the bread and then got back to my book while it baked in the oven. The idea was to have a piece or two for afternoon tea but it was irresistible and the six of us devoured it quickly. Dinner was served late that night!
The recipe comes from a blog called Vanderbilt Wife
Cinnamon Monkey Bread
1 c. warm milk (I microwave for about 45 seconds)
1/3 c. warm water
2 T butter
1/4 c. sugar
3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 1/4 tsp. (1 package) instant or bread machine yeast
After my success with the Cinnamon Monkey Bread I was eager to try the savoury Garlic version and last night served it with lasagne – delicious though very buttery! I combined two recipes I found for this (the dough from Recipe Jazz and the coating from AllRecipes.com), adding my own small adjustments.
Garlic Monkey Bread
1 cup warm water (80-100 degrees)
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour
1 yeast package or 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions
1 tablespoon mixed Italian herbs
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
In bread machine, place ingredients in the order listed, unless instructed to do it differently by the manufacturer. Use the dough setting and set it to start making the dough.
When the dough is ready, turn bread out onto a lightly floured surface,
Roll dough into an 8×8″ square. With a pizza cutter or knife, cut into about 64 pieces. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400F/190C.