Monday, January 27, 2014

Italian Monkey Bread - Delicious Olive Oil Rolls

Italian Monkey Bread

I know what you are saying... There is no such thing as a monkey from Italy.   Well, that may be true, but this bread will make you swing from the vines.   It is truly amazing.   

This bread was inspired by a man I saw on the subway in NYC.   He was playing an Accordion and had a monkey collecting tips.    Only in New York City!   I think it was the 1 Train, between 34th st. and 50th st. stations.  This bread is dedicated to that man and his monkey.

So first you will need to make some of the no knead dough.   This no knead dough is so great!  You don't need anything but a spoon and a container with a cover.

Sicilian Prince's Italian Monkey Bread
Sicilian Prince's Italian Monkey Bread


•    6 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour

•    2 ½ cups warm water
•    2 Tbsp organic sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
•    1 Tbsp sea salt
•    1 packet of yeast
•    Extra Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Directions For Dough

Put all of the ingredients except the extra Olive Oil and Sea salt into the container and stir. ( Yes it is that easy )

Leave the container out for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, put it in the refrigerator overnight or longer (up to 2 weeks)

This is what the no knead dough looks like after 24 hrs
This is what the no knead dough looks like after 24 hrs
This is what the no knead dough looks like after 24 hrs
This is what the no knead dough looks like after 24 hrs
Here is the video to make Italian Monkey Bread:


Directions for Monkey Bread

Pour some olive oil into a baking dish.
Make some small balls of dough about 1 inch in diameter and place them in the dish on the olive oil.  Make them fit next to each other, so that when they rise, they will squish into each other .
Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 to 3 hrs at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

After monkey bread has risen, remove plastic wrap and brush olive oil on top of the monkey bread.   Then, grind a little sea salt on top of the bread.   As an option, garlic powder sprinkled is always a good option.

Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes.

When you take it out of the over, immediately brush the tops of the bread with olive oil, again.

Let the bread cool and enjoy...

By the way, this is not a low carb food!  It is definitely not on the Paleo Diet.

It is very yummy, and I am not responsible for breaking your diet.

That is my Italian Monkey Bread.   I sure hope you enjoy making this amazing Italian Recipe.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Winemaking Website

How To Make Homemade Wine

Hello and Happy New Year!   First off, I would like to thank all of my readers of my blog and viewers of my YouTube Channel.  I have received a lot of positive feedback and appreciation from so many of you for the information that I share, and it brings me so much happiness to be of help for you.

How To Make Wine At Home
Announcing New Website On Winemaking!

I have been doing a lot of wine making at home lately.   In fact, right now, I have three wine kits going thru Primary Fermentation right now, a Chocolate Raspberry Port Wine carboy in clearing, a Merlot carboy bulk aging, and my homegrown Marquette wine in secondary.   Wow!  A whole lot of fermenterainment!

I wanted to bring you some exciting news today.   I created a new blog just for wine making, called .   I had to get the .biz extension, as .com was already taken...  Oh, well...  I guess someday I may have my open winery someday.... 

My plans for this new website, in combination with my YouTube channel, is to make a Living Online Multi-Media book on making homemade wine in a variety of ways.  I am so excited to bring this to you and think that it will be a valuable resource to anyone who may want to get started in this rewarding hobby.  

On How To Make Homemade Wine, I will be covering all aspects of wine making, including:

  • Winemaking Kits
  • Winemaking from Frozen Pails
  • Winemaking from Fresh Fruit
  • Winemakng from Whatever I Can Think Of!
How cool is that!  The best part of this is that YOU get to be part of it.   You can ask questions about winemaking.  If I can answer your wine making questions, it will.

So, this is just one way you can use my new site:

Let's say that you want to make wine, and saw a Vino Italiano Borolo Wine kit for sale.   You think that you may want to try to make it, but you never made wine before.  You come to my website, How To Make Homemade Wine, and see exactly what is involved, step by step, by reading my reviews and instructions, and actually seeing me make the same wine you want to make with the embedded YouTube videos from my YouTube channel.   You will also see all of my tweaks on how to make that wine kit the best it can be!

You will then be equipped with all the information you need to make wine at home from that kit.   But, it doesn't stop there.   You can ask questions, too.  It is kind of like having a free wine making course online. 

Why am I doing this? Because it is fun!  Wine making is a fun hobby!   I am making the website I wish I had when I first started making wine at home.

So, I hope you are as excited about this as I am, and I hope you visit my new site.   I will still be posting some winemaking articles here, too, but the in depth stuff will be on  How To Make Homemade Wine.

Soon, you will be raising a glass with friends and everyone will be amazed that you crafted this wine!   Cheers.