It's also a great time for food traditions, and one of ours is that we make Cinnamon buns, in the dutch oven.
Many people make Monkey bread by taking canned "pop up" biscuits and rolling them in cinnamon sugar. Then you stack them randomly in your dutch oven and bake them. That's easy enough, but I love making things from scratch, so I jumped in and did it. I also love yeast bread, so I did it that way.
Dutch Oven Monkey Bread
12" Dutch Oven
10-12 coals below
20-24 coals above
- 2 Tbsp Yeast
- 2 cup water (at about 110 degrees)
- 1 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 5-6 Cups Flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- Some sugar
First, I activated the yeast by stirring it into the water in a cup. While that was getting all bubbly, I mixed, in a bowl, all of the dry ingredients, but only about 4 cups of the flour to start. I sifted the flour. I've gotten into the habit of doing that. It aerates the flour, and I think it's a bit lighter as a result.
Then, I got out my pastry cutter and cut in the butter. I guess another option would be to melt the butter into the powders. Either way...
Finally, I added the eggs and the yeast mixture. I stirred it all together, then turned it out onto our floured countertop and kneaded until I got a good windowpane. Once it was all kneaded, I set it aside to raise.
Once the doughballs were done, I started up some coals, and when those were getting white, I put a lot of them (25-30) on the lid of the dutch oven to pre-heat. That was heating while the dough was raising a second time in the body of the dutch oven. Once they both were ready, I put the dutch oven out on (and under) the right amount of coals and baked them for about an hour. I use the thermometer, and got them to the 190-200 range.
It got a little burned on top. I wonder if that was the sugar. They were sure yummy, and everyone at the party loved them.
Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including MarkHansenMusic.com and his MoBoy blog.
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