Monkey see, monkey do.Gather Journal Sticky Monkey Bread
Jigsaw-like monkey bread is made from balls of yeast dough nuzzled together and baked until swollen. Our sage-laced version swaps duck fat for butter and gets a final lashing of spicy honey—tear into it with abandon.
serves 4 to 6
Heat milk, sugar, and 2 Tbsp duck fat in small saucepan over low heat until warm (about 110°F), and pour into large mixing bowl. Stir in yeast and let stand until mixture bubbles slightly and appears creamy. Stir in yolk.
Whisk together flour, sage, seasoning, and ½ tsp salt in another bowl. Add to yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to a floured work surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 8 minutes. Let dough rise in a bowl lightly greased with duck fat, covered, until doubled, 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle position. Stir chives into 3 Tbsp duck fat. Divide dough into 32 balls. Generously brush each with chive-fat and loosely place in a 9-inch baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about another 30 minutes in a warm spot.
Bake bread until top is golden, about 25 minutes. Loosely cover with foil and bake until sides are deep golden brown, 20-30 minutes more. Cool 10 minutes on a rack and carefully remove from pan. Brush while hot with remaining Tbsp duck fat. Serve warm drizzled with honey.