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While putting together our Man's Guide To Baking, Richard Burr from The Great British Bake Off introduced us to Monkey bread and life hasn't quite been the same since.
“Being a builder,” says Richard, "I’m pretty much pathologically addicted to doughnuts. Monkey bread is basically a giant pile of doughnuts stuck together, which you cook in a cake tin.
“You make lots and lots of small doughnuts and roll them in cinnamon and sugar so they get covered and then you bake them. When you eat it, you pull them off in chunks. The cooked sugar that holds the whole thing together can be pulled apart really easily – it’s so satisfying. You could pour almost an entire bottle of maple syrup on there too, then serve it with some ice cream.
“My main tip would be to make the doughnuts small. If you make them too big, they won’t cook from the inside-out, like they’re supposed to.”
MAKING THE DOUGHTNUTS...
Sieve 500g flour and 1tsp baking soda into a bowl and mix in 70g butter and 70g sugar.
Beat together an egg and 260ml milk. Combine both mixtures to form a dough.
Roll out your dough on a well-floured surface to about 1cm thickness, then cut into ring shapes. Fry the shapes in hot oil for 30 seconds, then turn them over and cook them for a further 30 seconds until they are golden brown.
Drain the doughnuts on some kitchen paper until they’re cool, then roll them in sugar.