Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Garlic Monkey Bread (in bread machine)

I make 99% of all the bread we eat in our house, and this has to be our favorite bread recipe.  My boys would eat the whole thing if I didn't serve it to adults and guests first.  One of the things I love about it, is it already has all the spices and butter on it, so you don't have to pass the butter dish around with the rolls.  Just pull off pieces of this warm, delicious bread and pop them into your mouth.

Prep time:  about 10 minutes to put it in the bread machine
Cook time:  about 3 1/2 hours from bread machine to dinner table


½ cup water warm, plus 2 tablespoons
½ cup dairy free sour cream
1 ½ tablespoons butter
1 ½ tsp salt
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons raw sugar
2 tsp dry yeast, Red Star

*** Topping ***

4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp thyme
¼ tsp oregano


Place first 7 ingredients, in order, in bread machine, starting with water.

Turn on dough cycle. This should take about 1 1/2 hours. 

About 10 minutes before dough finishes, take a small dish and melt the butter, then mix in the spices. Set aside.

When dough cycle is finished, place dough on lightly floured surface and roll into a 24-inch rope.

Divided into 40 pieces (hint: cut in half, then each half into 20 pieces).

Dip each small piece into the melted butter mixture. Place the 40 pieces into a ring mold. (I use Demarle so there is no butter, greasing or such of the pan. It's fabulous!)

Cover and let rise about 45 minutes in a warm oven (or until doubled).

Preheat oven to 350 convection; 375 standard. 
Bake 12-20 minutes depending on heat of oven and your altitude. I live above 4,500 ft and I cook everything in a convection oven.

Turn onto a plate and serve immediately.

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