Monkey Bread!!

I am all for quick and easy recipes. The less ingredients and the less the preparation, the better. Especially when it comes to pastry, because I can’t pastry, I just can’t. The dough never comes out right. So, when I saw this video above, I had to try it. Also, because there were 4 cans of mini biscuit dough that no one wants to eat. Plus, it’s like 3 ingredients.

I had never heard of monkey bread before, but it looks good, so we tried one of the sweet recipes. The girls and I baked the cinnamon and sugar version. It came out really well and even looked like the finished product in the video! And it is yummy! I prepped the ingredients and the girls did the dirty work of coating the dough. There was sugar and cinnamon everywhere, but it’s all good. Here is what ours looked liked:

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Kitchen Adventures!

I am going to call these posts as titled, because for those who know me, know that I can’t cook to save my life. I am therefore grateful for a husband to who is culinarily able. I am sure, culinarily, is not a word.

This is something I would like to improve because I am a mom and because three girls need to learn to cook from someone. I did not include this on my expectations list, ba-cause. So, in an effort to improve my culinary (lack of) skills, I am going to share my attempts, good and bad, at “new” food that I would not normally know what or how to cook.

This week, I finally decided to try a one of Bon Appetit Magazine’s recipe, instead of just drooling over their food porn. Don’t get too excited, it’s just a pancake recipe. I gotta start slow 🙂

I also attempted some random recipe I found online with nutella.

Food 1: Peach Dutch Baby Pancake with Strawberry Compote

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You can find the recipe here.

The BonApp recipe called for a cherry compote, but I like strawberries better. It turned out pretty good, and the girls ate it, too 🙂

It was a tad bit under cooked in the middle, so it tasted a bit like a crepe in the middle, but with the peach and the strawberry distracting my taste buds, it didn’t matter, it was really good. So, I consider this one a success.

Food 2: Nutella Cake Chewy Bars

I was itching to make something with the untouched Nutella jar in the pantry, and I tripped up on this recipe.

I did not change anything and followed this one to the tee,well minus the chocolate sprinkles. I thought it was under cooked as well, but it is supposed to be chewy and so I guess it was just right. This one was a hit with the whole family and they devoured it, I got pictures, well of Aspen, up there devouring them 🙂

You should try these because these are the easiest recipes that I have ever tried to make and if you mess them up, they might still taste really good! 🙂

I hope to make a series out of these posts, and hopefully, improve in the kitchen 🙂

An Obsession

If you have not already noticed, I loves me some pastries! So, I thought I would share my pastry findings from past and present. Below are my top three chain store favorites. Because I figured I needed to make recommendations from somewhere that you can find in your area, in like point 2 seconds, plus there are a million reviews out there of local and personal recipe favorites. I figured I’d go the old fashion way and give you a chain review. Ok.

3. Starbucks Pumpkin Bread. Why: This thing is perfect density, moistness, and sweetness. This used to be my number one obsession only two years ago, now it is down to #3 and I can’t remember the last time I had one since I moved. Maybe it is time to re-visit. But anyways, its rich and good and heavy enough to fill me up until way after lunch, well maybe like 2 of them.

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Photo from starbucks.com

2. Panera Bread Pumpkin Muffie. Yes, I love pumpkin flavored pastry. This one is not as dense as #3, but a little fluffier and just as moist and the sweetness is offset by whatever it is sprinkled on top with. This is also the cheapest item on this list. This obsession was a recent discovery (this past Monday), but given that I ate it for breakfast Monday-Friday this week, it qualifies and is now on the pastry obsession list.

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Photo from panerabread.com

1. Whole Foods Two Bite Brownies. No, not pumpkin flavored. And I don’t know the name of the maker, but you can find this in any Whole Foods. It is made of Belgian chocolate and to attempt to rationalize my love for this awesome goodness of a brownie is futile. It is that good. I can eat a whole box….by myself. This is mostly all that I ate when I was pregnant with Aspen, which is when I discovered them. They are not too sweet, but rich, moist, not too fudgy at all, I hate fudge brownies. They have similar versions at other grocery stores, but trust me the ones at Whole Foods are the best, I KNOW.

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Photo from theactorsdiet.com

FYI: I am so not affiliated with any of these companies/brands. I just really, really love these products that I had to share them with you 🙂 I am also not telling you to go out and try them, and then get on here and yell at me if you end up not liking them, I am just letting you know that I (me) love them! Cheers!

Sometimes, I Pastry.

Recently, I discovered my affinity for pastry. Not baking, but already made baked goods. So, by clear default, I guess I like baking, but loathe the process, because I am culinary challenged. Just ask my family. I therefore have secretly decided to practice “pastrying”. So, today(or yesterday), I made my own version(I will always tag culinary items as such just in case you wonder why they don’t quite look like what they are called) of “apple croissant”, as well as my staple weekly pumpkin bread, and the girls made sugar and chocolate chip cookies.

I first fell for “apple croissant” at the French Riviera Bakery in Houston. I can’t seem to find a place here in Kansas City(suggestions?) that serves them or decent apple bites/turnovers, like they sell at HEB, so I decided to make my own version: Real apple filling stuffed in Pillsbury big, flaky crescent rolls. P.S: Don’t judge me, this was quick, efficient, and tasty! I have a full time job that requires me to be detail oriented, meaning awake and alert, I mommy most of the time, I run, I read, I play, I even sleep sometimes, and I also wife, so I can get real busy.

Results:

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I know what you are thinking, those ain’t croissant, and so what!? First of all, the dough was not a proper triangle as the instructions failed to mention, and I didn’t know that rolling dough was a darn skill…that I do not possess. But they taste good and that’s all that matters, especially with coffee, so these and the pumpkin bread will be breakfast for me, this week. Woot! and YAS! Try it, cause you will like it!

Here are all three:

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