Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Orange -Cardamom Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is supposed to be from Hungary-rather a sweet breakfast bread also known as Pull Apart bread.It is made from sweet yeasted dough,which is then divided into bite sized pieces which are individually dipped in butter and other flavouring and then baked together in a round cake pan or a bundt pan or simply rectangular baking dish.If in a bundt/cake pan,then it is inverted and served,with the rectangular option,we serve it as such.I have given a twist to the normal Monkey bread by using cardamom and also orange juice and it did come out tasty.

All Purpose Flour: 1.5 cups
Active Dry Yeast: 1.25 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Sugar:1/4 cup+
Cardamom Powdered: 2tsp+

Melted Butter: 2tbsp
BrownSugar:as per taste

Orange Juice: 2tbsp+


In a cup mix together orange juice,water,honey ,1 tsp of cardamom powdered and little white sugar.Warm the mix a little as it has to work with yeast.In a big bowl mix together,flour,yeast,rest of the white sugar and salt.Blend well so that it is evenly mixed.Slowly add in (little by little)the wet mix of orange juice+water+honey+sugar and form into a dough.The dough can be a bit crumbly ,but if too crumbly knead on a powdered white sugar coated surface.What I did was I worked with three-fourth of the dough and then slowly incorporated the rest 1/4 to form a smooth soft dough.Cover and rest the dough in a warm place until doubled or risen a bit.Here I had a small problem-the dough didnot exactly double despite being kept for almost 2 hours.But still since it had risen a bit I worked on it.Keep aside the rest of the juice mix.

Melt unsalted butter in a small sauce pan.Add brown sugar and most of the orange juice mix to it to form a smooth liquid.Grease a rectangular baking dish or round bundt pan and keep ready.If you are using a bundt pan,after greasing ,sprinkle powdered cardamom for extra flavour.This is purely your choice.

Once the dough is risen,pinch off bite sized pieces,and dip each piece into this butter-sugar-juice mix -make sure it is well coated-and keep in the prepared dish.Do so with all the pieces and keep them side by side.If you have more butter-juice mix,simply pour it on top the pieces.Sprinkle with more cardamom and then bake on a preheated oven at 350F for 30-32 minutes.

I used a bundt pan and the bread looked like this when inverted into a dish

Another look with pieces pulled apart....You can see the holes inside on opening a piece

Serve warm as a dessert,snack,breakfast bread as per your choice though it is traditionally a breakfast bread. The bread was sweet and chewy and it was not that brown at the top You can adjust the sugar as per your covenience

This is my entry to Sugar High Friday-Spice Up Your Life hosted by Anita of DessertFirst


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