Friday, 14 June 2013

Yummy Gooey Pull-Apart Bread

This bread is also known as the Monkey Bread.. but I dont like using this name.. it is afterall food na so I use its other name - the Pull-Apart Bread ..


There are a lot of recipes for it, usually with premade dough.. you know those crescent roll thingys.. but whats a bread if not from scratch?

So here is how I made them. Quite simple and not too lengthy.. but the taste is just awesome, especially when fresh out of the oven..

2 and half cups all purpose flour
1.5 tsp active dry yeast
4 tablespoon sugar - if its not fine sugar, grind it
4 tablespoon melted butter
4 tablespoon dry milk
Pinch salt
160ml warm milk
1 egg

For the coating
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar - granulated, not ground!
1 tblsp ground cinnamon

Here's what to do with it all:

Froth the yeast with a little warm water and 1 tsp sugar
Mix together the flour, milk powder and sugar
Combine warm milk, butter and salt in a small bowl.
Beat in the egg
Gradually add milk mixture to the dry ingredients and knead a soft non-sticky dough with ur hands. Dont use the machine... you need to feel the dough. If it sticks, dont use more liquid, just touch hands to a little melted butter and gather the dough..

Cover and let it rise for an hour and half.

Meanwhile, mix the sugars and cinnamon in a plate
Place the melted butter in a small dish
Break off small balls of the dough, roll them smooth and dip them in the butter
Roll the balls in the sugar mix and place them in a baking pan
Use the bundt pan - you know, the one with the - ah, whatdya call it? uff. You know na, the name eludes me..
So once the balls are all buttered and sugared, mix the remaining butter with the remaining sugar and pour over the bread
Cover and rest for half an hour
Preheat oven at 220 for 5 minutes
Bake the bread at 200 for 10 minutes
The bread will have risen and look done by 10 to 15 minutes
Turn off lower heating and turn on upper grill.
As soon as the bread has some colour, remove
Let it rest for five minutes
Place a plate over the baking dish and turn upside down.. the lovely goey sugar and butter will have formed a beautiful crown on ur bread..
Enjoy warm ...

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