Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's not horse meat it's monkey bread

When AB asked what I was baking and I said Monkey Bread, he was a little concerned that in light of the UK horse meat scandal I had taken things a bit too far. Once I explained it didn't contain any actual traces of monkey all was well. 

Honestly I'm not sure what all the fuss is about, I had horse when I was studying in "a Roma" and found the mystery of it more exciting that the reality. Tastes like chicken, I mean beef.

This recipe is a variation from the one in the Great British Bake Off book how to bake. I don't think I have bought a loaf of bread since I auditioned for the Australian version. I didn't get in, but I realise that for reality TV you can't be too talented, too good looking or too nice, failed in all 3 areas, my story and I'm well and truly sticking to it.

Rosemary and Parmesan Monkey Bread
  • 500g strong white flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 50g unsalted butter melted
  • 200g lukewarm milk
  • 1 large egg

For assembly
  • 100g unsalted butter melted
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 200g shredded Parmesan
  • 3 stalks of rosemary, leaves finely chopped

  • Into a stand mixer add milk and 50g butter, egg, yeast, flour and salt.
  • Knead into a soft dough
  • Leave to rise in an oiled bowl till it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • Punch down the dough and then pull it apart into about 60 little balls
  • Wedge the garlic into the 100grams of butter and melt in the microwave, about 1 minute. It will give the hint of garlic without being over powering.

  • Dip the balls of dough into the butter and then cheese and rosemary and put into a greased loaf pan.
  • Use up all the balls making sure it looks even (ish)
  • Place into a plastic back and let rise till doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • Bake in a 200 degree Celsius oven for 35 minutes or golden brown.
  • Loosen from the tin using a knife and cool on a wire rack (if you can resist just eating it)
  • The loaf can be sliced or just pulled apart like monkeys grooming each other, perhaps use a knife that sounds a bit gross.

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