Prep:  15 minutes + proving time
Cook:  15 minutes
Serves:  4
Average: 4.5 (14 votes)
Recipe by: Perfect Italiano
This hot, cheesy appetiser is as fun to make as it is to eat. The pizza dough recipe makes enough for two batches of this monkey bread, so you can freeze half for later or make a double batch for a big party.
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Cheese and Chive Monkey Bread
Monkey Bread
  1. Add yeast to warm water and mix well. Stand for a few minutes until bubbles form on the surface of the water
  2. Place flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast mixture along with the oil
  3. Using your hands, mix the dough until it comes together into a ball and is smooth
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for a few minutes
  5. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap. Set aside in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes or until it doubles in size
  6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently for 5 minutes or until smooth
  7. Divide the dough into two portions. Wrap one half in cling wrap and freeze for another time
Tips & Hints:
  • Freeze remaining dough for up to two months. Defrost dough in refrigerator overnight before using.
Monkey Bread
  1. Preheat oven 200° C / 180° C fan-forced. Spray a 20cm round cake pan or ovenproof fry pan with oil
  2. Flatten dough out to form a 20cm disc. Add ½ cup of the Perfect Pizza cheese, garlic salt and 2 tablespoons of the chives. Fold over dough and knead for about 3 minutes or until cheese and herbs are combined and evenly mixed in
  3. Shape dough into 3 cm thick log. Cut into 14 portions and roll into even sized balls. Place, side by side over base of prepared pan
  4. Bake for 10 minutes then remove pan and sprinkle over remaining cheese. Lightly spray with cooking spray then return to oven and bake for a further 5-10 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and melted
  5. Serve warm topped with remaining chives
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