This was one of many family favorites,I had to make two pans of monkey bread,with 4 sons and my husband, one was never enough.when our son Matt grew-up and started a family of he own he asked for the recipe so he could make it for his family. Its a pull apart bread that is light and each piece is encrusted with buttery savory goodness. It is really good. Enjoy!
1Using solid shortening or margarine(not oil), grease 12 cup fluted pan.Sprinkle with seasoning of your choice(my family prefered Italian seasoning)(Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup;level off)In large bowl,blend 1 1/2 cups flour and next 6 ingredients.Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.By had stir in remaining 1 1/2 to 2 cups flour.
2On floured surface,knead until smooth, about 1 minute.Press or roll to 15x12 inch rectangle.Using pastry wheel or sharp knife,cut dough into diamond shaped pieces by cutting into 1 1/2 to 2 inch strips diagonally across dough.
3In shallow pan,melt butter. Dip each piece into melted butter and layer in prepared pan,overlapping pieces.Sprinkle each layer with 1/2 teaspoon dill weed.(or Italian seasoning)
4Cover;let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size.45 to 60 minutes.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Bake 20 to 25 minutes until deep golden brown. Cool upright in pan 2 minutes;turn onto serving plate. Serve warm.Makes 10 inch pull apart loaf.
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