The aroma of bread baking in the oven is by far the best aroma to wake up to in my book. I rate it way above the aroma of even a freshly brewing coffee. I cannot stress enough on how awesome home baked bread is over anything store bought. You can do so many things with it, and it's like taking care of a baby, the handling process, the eternal wait while it increases in volume and to watch it bake in the oven and develop that beautiful golden brown on it's outside. I also did a 55 word fictional story on it sometime back, and would love to quote it here. The theme for the 55 word story was "Sexy"
I run my hands all over you. I know that the messier I get, the better would be this climax. I apply some pressure. But I must have faith, I must have patience. Your yeasty fragrance penetrates through all my senses, and makes me feel so Sexy. Oh my freshly baked loaf of homemade bread!
I am that addicted to home baked bread. So when I saw this recipe on my most favorite food blog Macheesmo, I just knew I had to try it. And I highly recommend that you try it too. I baked this for my brother and his girl and this was the mood in my house.
So without any delay, I'm gonna put down the recipe for yummy in your tummy, and all other senses too. Here it goes:
Chocolate Chip Monkey Bread
Recipe from Macheesmo
For the Dough:
2 tbsp Butter, melted.
1 cup milk, warm
1/3 cup water, warm
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp instant yeast
3.25 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
2 tsp salt
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-2 tbsp butter, soft for bundt pan.
1 tsp vegetable oil, for rising
For the Brown Sugar Coating:
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
8 tbsp unsalted butter , melted
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
Get your Bundt Pan all greased up. I left mine in the fridge till I needed it coz otherwise the butter would melt up.
Mix up everything except Salt and Flour, stir and let the mixture sit covered for about 15 minutes.
Sift Flour and Salt together.
In 15 minutes, your mixture would look frothy like this.
Add it to the dry ingredients.
Knead into a smooth dough. Transfer it to a bowl rubbed with Oil and rub with some more oil over the top, cover and let it sit for 1.5 to 2 hours, till it almost doubles in volume. Punch the air out, and get a nice huge surface dusted with flour to work your bread.
Roll it into a nice huge rectangle. Mine looks like a weirdass shape! But no worries :)
Add chocolate chips on one side of the rolled dough.
Now fold it over!
Get your Melted Butter and Brown Sugar ready for dipping. Pull your Bundt Pan out of the fridge if you have put it in.
Mix in Cinnamon with the Brown Sugar
Now is the fun part. Cut the folded dough into squares.
Now dip them one by one in the Butter, and then the Sugar mixture, and then lay them in the pan.
Or if you are lazy like me, just put in all the squares in a dish, pour over butter and sugar mixture and mix it. Line the pan with these squares and pour the remaining butter mixture from the dish on top.
Let these rise for a further 30 minutes. Meanwhile Preheat the oven to 170C/350F
Nicely risen! Now bake them for 35-40 minutes. Mine took 35 minutes. Keep a dish under the oven rack for all those overflowing juices and wait for gorgeousness.
Just look at it rise!
Just out of the oven!! Invert this on a plate after cooling for 15 minutes, work on the glaze in the mean time. Just mix the milk and sugar together and keep the paste ready.
Now to glaze it!
And then to pull apart with hand or toothpicks, and eat it!
And that is why,
Homemade Bread >>> Store Bought Bread.