Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ooo Ooo Ahhh Ahh MONKEY BREAD!

When I first saw this recipe, the name caught me! Monkey Bread.... what a strange name? What is it? It's not shaped like a monkey.. do monkey's eat it? hehe.. so I wikied it and found out the reason why it is called monkey bread! Firstly because the bread looks like a monkey puzzle tree (who knows what that looks like =S) and secondly because of the way you eat the bread is similar to monkeys - pulling apart each piece. It was a cute name and the photos from Dailydelicious looked too good to resist!

So here is the recipe for:

MONKEY BREAD (recipe adapted from Dailydelicious)

240g plain flour
60g self raising flour
7g (1 sachet) yeast
20g caster sugar
pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
175ml warm water
20g butter

40g melted butter
40g walnuts
70g brown sugar
1 egg white

1. Mix egg yolk and water together.
2. Place flours, sugar and yeast in a bowl and mix to combine. Add salt and mix again. Pour egg and water mixture into the bowl.
3. Mix ingredient together and knead to bring to form a dough. Add more water if dough is too dry. Knead dough for around 2 minutes until it is elastic.
4. Add butter and knead the dough for around 10-15 minutes until dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny.
5. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size (1 - 11/2 hours).
6. Place walnuts and brown sugar in a food processor until powdery.
7. Preheat oven to 180oC and grease tube pan.
8. Take dough out of the bowl and deflate by lightly touching it.
9. Cut dough into 30 pieces and roll into balls.
10. Dip balls into melted butter, nut mixture and egg white, then place in prepared pan.
bread balls --> melted butter--> nut mix --> egg white
Bite size pieces! YUM!
11. Let dough rise (40-50minutes) or until double in size. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cover with aluminium foil if top of bread becomes too brown.
Pull apart bread~~ like a monkey xD
The bread turned out nice, soft and sweet and nutty ^^ I think next time I would put some filling inside the bread balls such as jam or chocolate, just for a nice surprise :)

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