Monkey bread is a soft, sweet, sticky pastry served in the United States for breakfast or as a treat. The consumer would pick apart the bread as a monkey would hence this was named as Monkey bread.

It consists of pieces of soft baked dough sprinkled with cinnamon. It is often served at fairs and festivals. Here is the savory version of the delightful spongy soft Cheese bread flavoured with garlic. This is deliciously cheesy in taste and so soft that you would prepare this again and again once you taste it

I had first prepared this 3 years ago and then 2-3 times last year however during pandemic, we were getting bored of eating desserts and hence I decided to bake this bread once again. Inspired from the net, this still remains as one my favorite goto bread.The original recipe had egg and I usually prepare this with egg, this time I have prepared the eggless version of the bread

Monkey bread are usually baked in bundt pan. If you do not have bundt pan, then you can place aluminum can in round tin at the center and create bundt pan. Alternatively bake this in square pan, similar to ladi pav/ dinner rolls

This is quite simple and easier to prepare. Now you can use whatever cheese you have in handy at home, but it tastes best with Cheddar cheese

Look at the texture of the bread , such nice air pockets an deliciously cheesy

*Kneading is the key step, overall knead for 12-13 minutes

**Use any herbs of your choice or directly use Herbed garlic butter

***Reduce the milk by 2 -3 tbsp and add egg, this adds the perfect texture to the bread

***Instant yeast doesn’t need blooming , you can directly add them to the flour. Do not add salt over instant yeast

Do watch the video for better clarity in preparation and share your experience once you prepare the dish

Preparation time: 75 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 

For Bread

  • 13/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 11/4 teaspoon Instant active yeast/1 teaspoon instant Yeast
  • 6-7 tablespoons warm milk
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1.5 tbsp soft unsalted Butter/Olive oil
  • 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp Sugar

For coating

  • 50g unsalted Butter melted
  • 1 tbsp chopped Cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Pepper to taste
  • 55-60g grated cheddar cheese
  • 20g toasted breadcrumbs/Parmesan Cheese

Steps to prepare

  • In a bowl, add water, sugar and active yeast. Mix well
  • Rest on the counter for 6-8 minutes until yeast has frothed up
  • In a bowl, mix garlic powder, salt and flour
  • Add grated cheese,  yeast water , butter and milk. Knead to soft dough. Kneading is key step. Overall knead for 12-13 minutes
  • Cover and rest for 15 minutes
  • Grease 9 inch bundt pan and dust with flour
  • Gently deflate the dough if it has risen
  • Make lemon sized smooth balls of equal sizes
  • In a bowl, mix melted butter, minced garlic and pepper
  • In second bowl, mix cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley and cilantro
  • Dip the ball in butter mix
  • Coat the ball well with cheese mixture
  • Place the ball in bundt pan
  • Do until all balls are completed. The balls should be placed close to each other
  • Cover with greased cling wrap and rest for 1 hour at room temperature until it doubles in size
  • Remove the cling wrap. You can always do little milk wash on top
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until top is dark golden brown in preheated oven at 190 deg cel
  • Brush the tops with Garlic butter, cover with cloth
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes
  • Run knife at the edges and center, demould
  • Serve warm with your favourite dip. Cover leftovers with cling wrap and refrigerate. Thaw and warm just before serving. Consume within 2 days
Garlic Cheese Monkey Bread
Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions

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