Prep:  15 min + proving time
Cook:  20 min
Serves:  6-8
Average: 4.4 (57 votes)
Recipe by: Perfect Italiano
This savoury monkey bread recipe is great for entertaining, cheese and herbs along with soft homemade dough are the perfect complement. Serve this hot appetiser with the cream cheese dip and watch it disappear!
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Garlic and Herb Monkey Bread with Hot Cheesy Dip
Herb and Garlic Butter
Monkey Bread
Cheesy Dip
  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 or a tea towel. Set aside in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes or until it doubles in size
Herb and Garlic Butter
  1. Combine butter, garlic salt, garlic and dried herbs and mix well. Refrigerate until firm and cold reserving one tablespoon for the Cheesy Dip
Monkey Bread
  1. Preheat oven 200° C / 180° C fan-forced
  2. Place a one cup (250 ml) oven-proof ramekin into the centre of a piece of baking paper. Draw around the base. Turn paper over and place onto a large flat baking tray
  3. Roll out dough to form a 20 cm disc. Add ½ cup Perfect Pizza cheese, fold over and knead until combined and evenly mixed
  4. Cut dough in half and roll each piece into 3 cm thick logs. Divide each into 12 pieces and roll into balls
  5. Take a ½ teaspoon of the cold garlic butter and push into the centre of a dough ball. Reroll to enclose. Repeat with remaining butter and dough
  6. Position stuffed dough balls around the drawn circle and form two rows. Cover with a clean tea towel and stand in a warm place for 15 minutes until risen slightly. When ready to cook, brush with pesto
  7. Bake for 10 minutes and while cooking, make the Cheesy Dip
  8. Remove the tray and place ramekin filled with cheesy dip into the centre of the monkey bread. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the rolls. Return to oven and cook a further 5-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and golden. Transfer to a serving tray and serve immediately
Cheesy Dip
  1. Place one tablespoon of the prepared garlic butter mixture, cream cheese and sour cream into a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until hot and smooth. Stir through green onion and Parmesan cheese. Spoon into reserved ramekin
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