This bread is absolutely delicious. It’s so buttery and cheesy and garlicky, it’s the perfect side for a saucy pasta dish, or works great as an appetizer with some Italian pasta sauce. YUM. I used Italian ’00′ pizza flour to make the dough, I love how chewy it turned out. You can use just regular bread flour, or all purpose flour also – either one is fine. If you don’t have time to let it rise, then you can use canned biscuits or rolls too, you will just lose out a bit on that delightful chewiness.
I used a spring form pan, but this bread would be equally as beautiful if you bake it in an angel food cake pan, like a more traditional ‘monkey bread.’
from: ben rayl, in copenhagen dk
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- yeast - 2 tsp active dry, or 25 g fresh
- sugar - 1/2 tsp
- water - 1 1/3 cups, lukewarm
- all purpose flour - 3 1/2 cups
- salt - 2 tsp
- olive oil - 2 tbsp
- butter - 1/4 cup, melted
- parsley - 1 tbsp, dried
- garlic - 3 cloves, pressed
- parmesan cheese - 1/4 cup, finely grated
- mozzarella - 1/2 cup, shredded
- Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the water, and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour and the salt, then stir in the yeast mixture and olive oil and combine well.
- Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 6 - 8 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
- Form the dough into a ball, and return it to the large bowl, drizzle a little olive oil over it, roll it around to coat well, then cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size - about an hour.
- Mix the melted butter, parsley and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.
- In another small bowl mix together the cheeses and set aside.
- Punch the dough down and separate into small, golf ball sized balls - you should end up with about 20 balls.
- Roll each ball into a rope and tie into a knot.
- Dip each knot into the melted butter mixture and place half of them on the bottom of a spring form pan, not quite touching. Sprinkle half of the cheese mixture over them, then stack the remaining knots on top and sprinkle on the rest of the cheese.
- Cover the pan with a towel and allow to rise again, this time about 30 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 350 F (175 C) and bake for about 35 - 40 minutes, or until golden brown.