Another gem of a recipe from classic breads and buns. This time I felt ready to try out the breads that were marked ‘more care needed’. The monkey bread looked appealing in the picture but I have given up eggs (I thought for good!) and so I was a little hesitant. My son asked me why I did not want to make it, and when I told him the reason, he reminded me that except me all of them do eat eggs, so here is a bread for the rest of the family;
Recipe : Monkey Bread – Leavened with yeast | Contains gluten, dairy and egg
14g dry active yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup caster sugar
4-5 cups flour (I used 21/2 cups maida and 21/2 cups whole wheat flour)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg lightly beaten
50g butter melted (Extra for the dip)
1/2 cup currants / raisins / tutti-fruity
1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Cover and keep aside till frothy.
2. Heat the milk, butter and sugar in a small pan till the butter melts. The milk should be warm and not hot.
3. Sift 4 cups of flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast, milk mixture and beaten egg. Mix thoroughly until well combined. It will be an extremely sticky mixture. Add another 1/2 cup flour if needed.
4. Place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover airtight and leave to rise. Meanwhile you could do your shopping like I did. Returned back in about 2hrs. and found that the dough had beautifully risen as shown here.
10. Pre-heat oven to 210 deg. Cel. and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce to 180 deg. Cel. and bake further for 35 to 40 minutes until the top turns brown. (Mine got almost burnt – I put it into the oven quite some time after dinner and started feeling drowsy soon. So I tried increasing the oven temp. since the slight browning had already started. This is what haste does! Next time I shall cover it with foil.)
11. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes before turning onto a rack. Leave to cool completely covering carefully with the pan again so that the bread does not come apart (It doesn’t but no harm in taking the precaution).
12. Serve after inverting. My son enjoyed pulling it apart. I drizzled 2tbsp. of the reserve butter glaze over the bread. The burning was only on the top. Otherwise it was really nice looking.
It is a very tasty and sweet bread and can be served at any time. No accompaniments needed. The book says its a North American bread and the name relates to the unusual shape of the bread. It also says that the bread stays upto 5 days in an airtight container or freezes well for upto 1 month. Mine did not require that. It got over the day it was served (I served it the next morning after leaving it overnight to cool).
I have no further words of praise for the bread (book rather!)
Note: These recipes were made before I realized that plant based diet is the natural diet for human beings. I hope to make a vegan version sometime and make a new post of it.