Glaze (1 cup of powdered sugar combined with 2 – 3 tablespoons of soy milk)
Proof your yeast by combining the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until it becomes frothy. Then add the olive oil and stir slightly.
In a large bowl combine the 4 cups of the flour and the salt. Stir until well combined.
Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture and stir.
Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until you get the right consistency. The dough should be slightly sticky.
Turn the dough onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise in a warm place until double; this should take about 1 hour.
Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Feel free to use 1/2 for your favorite pizza recipe, and the remaining half for your monkey bread. Or for a full batch of monkey bread, proceed to the next step.
Prepare a bunt pan by lightly oiling the bottom and sides.
Heat your oven to 350 F.
Place the sugar on a plate.
Now, tear of small pieces of the dough. Shape the dough into a ball and roll in the sugar and then plop it into your well-oiled bunt pan.
Repeat that step until you have a layer of dough at the bottom of the bunt pan and then sprinkle that layer with some cinnamon. You can sprinkle just a tad bit of oil over that layer if you’d like as well. and then move on to make the next layer. Be sure to top each layer with a little bit of cinnamon and a little bit of oil. Continue until you’ve reached about 3/4 of the pan. If you’re using just half of the dough here (because you’ve used the other half for a yummy pizza), then you probably won’t make it to 3/4 of the pan. In fact, I made barely half way which was just perfect for us. If you want to go for broke and fill the pan all the way, proceed at your own risk (and you might want to be prepared just in case there’s overflow in the oven).
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
Once your Monkey Bread is done, remove it from the oven and set aside to cool.
I let mine sit for about 10 minutes and then used oven mitts to invert the pan onto a serving dish.
Drizzle with Glaze before serving. Or have that glaze sitting nearby for dunking! Yes, it will be messy, but that’s life sometimes. Messy, but delicious!
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