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Pizza Monkey Bread Recipe

Monkey bread, tear and share bread or pull apart bread, it doesn’t matter what it’s called. The important thing is what’s inside.

Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-1-SunCakeMomIt’s like a spiritual journey materialized on the kitchen floor. Well, not literally speaking materialized on the kitchen floor but rather metaphorically speaking. It’s a pretty nasty affair when a cake is materializing on the kitchen floor not to mention going through all the soul searching while cleaning it up.

All our life is a never-ending journey where we constantly learn new things, day after day even if we are dead seriously committed to fight against it. Human nature is to avoid new and potentially life-threatening experiences and embrace well-known, already trodden paths.

Longing for safety is hard wired into us and executed on a daily basis by our reptilian brain that is also responsible for all sort of useful mechanisms, like breathing and deciding if we should fight or flight a bear.

Strange things happen when the bigger part of our brain the neo-cortex gets so bored by its little sibling routine that it just can’t bear the monotony anymore. As brains don’t really have the possibility to go bungee jumping to shake things up a little bit, it starts do things that it is really made for. It thinks.

The bigger part of our brain is made to overcome situations that our smaller more mundane little brain can’t really solve. This is the birthplace of creative ideas that make life as we know it today possible.

We couldn’t survive the first couple of thousands years without the reptilian brain nor able to surf the internet without the neo-cortex. Let alone baking pizzas.

Pizza making is a highly calibrated process that require all the processing power our brain can provide to solve highly sophisticated equations about the correct amount of moisture, yeast and temperature, the bread needs to create truly amazing pizzas.

Well, or at least this is the case outside of Italy. In Italy people make pizzas with reptilian brain when they are strong enough to pick up the pizza peel.

Impossible as it seems when first starting out eventually, we can master pizzas in the sacred sanctuary of our homes too. The beginning is  hard and stressful but after some time and countless hours of YouTube tutorials in pursuit of the perfect pizza we can get the highest point of our journey.

Realizing that we have reached a peak in our life, can be a double-edged experience. On one side, it should provide immense satisfaction that we came through so much thick and thin to achieve it but on the other side, sometimes we should realize that there is only one way to go from a top of a mountain and that is down.

Luckily the euphoria of success takes us through the downward slope and we can reach the same height a couple of more times before our thinking brain realizes that we are doing the same thing over and over again and takes over the leash.

This is how a bread like this pull apart monkey pizza bread could come to life, form an extra batch of accidental pizza sauce. Not like pizzas would need any special sauce except from pureed tomato but frying them with a bit of onion and herbs like we have them in the Low carb condiment section wouldn’t hurt anybody.

So, filling pizza sauce into pockets of fresh yeast dough, as a way to achieve new heights in our spiritual kitchen journey, is a summit definitely worth mounting. It’s a soft fluffy bread that tears like it was made of clouds and filled with the hundred years old essence of Italian kitchen. What could be more divine?Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-3-SunCakeMom

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • ½ cup / 100ml Milk
  • ⅞ cup / 200ml lukewarm water
  • 0.5 oz / 15g Fresh yeast
  • 3½ cup / 600g Flour
  • 7 tablespoon / 100g Butter
  • 1 Egg

Filling:

  • 16 oz / 500g Tomatoes
  • 6 Basil leaves (fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup / 100ml Olive oil
  • 7 oz / 200g Cheese (topping)

Kitchen utensils:

  • 8½” x 3″ / 22cm x 7.5cm Baking tray (minimum size)

How to make:

Bread:

  1. Put the fresh yeast into half cup of lukewarm milk. Set it aside whilst preparing the other ingredients.
  2. Get a big bowl and put flour, sliced room temperature butter, egg and the lukewarm water in it.
  3. Pour the yeasty milk into a big bowl on top of the other ingredients.
  4. Knead the mixture well until it’s even and there’s no flour left on the edge of the bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl and leave it in a warm place for about an hour to rise. (We can put it in the 100°F / 40°C heated oven. Be careful not to turn the heat higher than that as it would kill the yeast so the dough didn’t rise.)Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-2-SunCakeMom

Filling:

  1. In the meantime, prepare the filling. Chop tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and olive oil in a blender.Tomato-sauce-recipe-process-6-SunCakeMom
  2. Pour it into a saucepan, bring it to boil and simmer it in low-medium heat for about 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  3. Take it off heat and set it aside. Pouring hot sauce on the dough would make it gooey and so hard to handle that it would ruin our day.Tomato-sauce-recipe-process-5-SunCakeMom

For more detailed explanation about How to make tomato sauce check out the Low Carb Condiments

Assembly:

  1. After an hour waiting take dough out of the bowl onto a well-floured work surface.
  2. Roll it into a square. Flouring underneath the dough is important as this coating will prevent it to stick down.Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-3-SunCakeMom
  3. Cut the rolled out dough into 4×4 equal squares.Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-4-SunCakeMom
  4. Spoon the preferably room temperature tomato sauce into each small squares.Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-5-SunCakeMom
  5. Quickly make little dough balls out of them by grabbing the opposite corners and pressing them lightly together.Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-6-SunCakeMom
  6. When making the balls, use a plastic scraper to help getting the dough off the worktop if it’s necessary. The dough is quite soft so try not to pull it more than necessary.Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-8-SunCakeMom
  7. Place the dough balls into a pizza tray loose otherwise they could stick together.Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-9-SunCakeMom
  8. Brush the leftover tomato sauce on top.Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-10-SunCakeMom
  9. Finish it with putting grated cheese on top.Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-11-SunCakeMom
  10. Turn on oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  11. Whilst heating up the oven set the dough aside in a warm place to rest/raise for another 20 minutes.
  12. Finally put the tray into the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese gets golden brown.Pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-Process-12-SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

 

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Pizza Monkey Bread Recipe
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 
Monkey bread, tear and share bread or pull apart bread, it doesn’t matter what it’s called. The important thing is what’s inside.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Sugar free recipe
Author: Edi Baker - SunCakeMom
Ingredients
Dough:
  • ½ cup / 100ml Milk
  • cup / 200ml lukewarm water
  • 0.5 oz / 15g Fresh yeast
  • cup / 600g Flour
  • 7 tablespoon / 100g Butter
  • 1 Egg
Filling:
  • 16 oz / 500g Tomatoes
  • 6 Basil leaves fresh
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup / 100ml Olive oil
  • 7 oz / 200g Cheese topping
Kitchen utensils:
  • ” x 3″ / 22cm x 7.5cm Baking tray minimum size
Instructions
Bread:
  1. Put the fresh yeast into half cup of lukewarm milk. Set it aside whilst preparing the other ingredients.
  2. Get a big bowl and put flour, sliced room temperature butter, egg and the lukewarm water in it.
  3. Pour the yeasty milk into a big bowl on top of the other ingredients.
  4. Knead the mixture well until it’s even and there’s no flour left on the edge of the bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl and leave it in a warm place for about an hour to rise. (We can put it in the 100°F / 40°C heated oven. Be careful not to turn the heat higher than that as it would kill the yeast so the dough didn't rise.)
Filling:
  1. In the meantime, prepare the filling. Chop tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and olive oil in a blender.
  2. Pour it into a saucepan, bring it to boil and simmer it in low-medium heat for about 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  3. Take it off heat and set it aside. Pouring hot sauce on the dough would make it gooey and so hard to handle that it would ruin our day.
Assembly:
  1. After an hour waiting take dough out of the bowl onto a well-floured work surface.
  2. Roll it into a square. Flouring underneath the dough is important as this coating will prevent it to stick down.
  3. Cut the rolled out dough into 4x4 equal squares.
  4. Spoon the preferably room temperature tomato sauce into each small squares.
  5. Quickly make little dough balls out of them by grabbing the opposite corners and pressing them lightly together.
  6. When making the balls, use a plastic scraper to help getting the dough off the worktop if it’s necessary. The dough is quite soft so try not to pull it more than necessary.
  7. Place the dough balls into a pizza tray loose otherwise they could stick together.
  8. Brush the leftover tomato sauce on top.
  9. Finish it with putting grated cheese on top.
  10. Turn on oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  11. Whilst heating up the oven set the dough aside in a warm place to rest/raise for another 20 minutes.
  12. Finally put the tray into the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese gets golden brown.

 

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Edi Baker - SunCakeMom

X-gen Master of the rolling pin, mother of the ONE and a full time teacher.
Kneading out the every day life nuisances under the low humming noise of the airflow oven.

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