Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

1 package yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)

1/4 cup warm water

1 teaspoon sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup water

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the 1/4 cup water and add the teaspoon sugar. Let rise while preparing the remaining ingredients.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg with paddle attachment, then add sugar, vegetable oil, and salt. Add yeast mixture and 1 cup water. Change to dough hook, add flour, knead until dough forms. Or, you can mix all ingredients by hand if you prefer.

Grease a large bowl with vegetable oil, turn the dough over to grease top, cover and let rise until doubled in size. When dough has doubled in size, punch down and let rest a few minutes. Roll dough out and cut into strips. Dip each strip in the melted butter and place the strips in a Bundt pan, pour the remaining butter on top. Let rise until dough reaches top of pan, about 1 hour. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 20 -25 minutes or until brown on top.