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Olive oil-thyme monkey bread

Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields Serves 10 to 12
Olive oil-thyme monkey bread

Basic monkey bread dough

1

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl, drizzle the yeast over the warm milk, stirring to combine. Set aside for a few minutes to hydrate the yeast.

2

Meanwhile, in a separate large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar and salt.

3

Using the paddle attachment with a stand mixer, or a hand-held mixer, beat the softened butter into the yeast mixture. With the mixer running, add the flour mixture until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed (as the dough thickens you may need to do this by hand). Continue to mix on medium speed until the dough appears sticky but becomes smooth to the touch when you roll a small piece into a ball, about 2 minutes.

4

Form the dough into a disc and transfer it to a lightly greased bowl. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set aside to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour (time will vary depending on the temperature in the room).

Assembly

1

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, thyme, parsley, garlic, salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Set aside.

2

Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle one-fourth-inch thick. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough into 1-by-2-inch rectangles. (The dough can also be cut into triangles, but rectangles are speedy and easy. It’s OK if some of the end pieces are not perfectly rectangular; intersperse them among the prettier rectangles and the bread will bake up great.)

3

Dip each piece of dough into the herbed olive oil mixture to lightly coat, shaking off any excess oil. Arrange the rectangles in the bottom of a nonstick Bundt pan, crisscrossing and overlapping the pieces. Continue until you have used all of the dough and olive oil.

4

Cover the Bundt pan loosely with plastic wrap and set aside until the dough rises almost three-fourths up the sides of the pan, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350 degrees.

5

Uncover the pan and bake until the bread is puffed and lightly golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through for even coloring.

6

Remove to a rack and cool the bread, still in the pan, for 15 minutes. Invert the bread gently onto a serving plate or platter. Serve warm.


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