Sunday, 14 March 2010

ok, i made the monkey bread. i used breakfast rolls. you get them at aldi. so far it's the only place i have found in england that carries them. what they are: uncooked bread rolls in a cardboard tube which you then peel open. if you have never used them before take note- they pop when you break the seam. no matter how many tubes of these things i open it still startles me. so you open the tube. i then cut each roll in half and then each half into 3. i toss them in the sugar mix and then place in the biggest oven safe bowl you have. trust me- these things rise up when you cook them. my recipe is a little different than the one i posted up
monkey bread
  • 2 tubes of biscuits or bread rolls
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter type product (butter, margarine)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
put the brown sugar and butter in a small sauce pot and set on low heat to melt. stir together
mix the white sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. cut the rolls up as explained earlier and put in the sugar mixture. stir around so they are nice and coated. put coated pieces of dough in the bottom of your oven safe dish/bowl/whaterever- just make sure it's big, or use two smaller ones. i sprinkle in walnut pieces between each dough layer. once all the dough pieces are in the oven dish, pour the melted butter/sugar mixture over top and place in the oven to cook. take out when done. turn out onto a plate to cool. be very very careful when turning the cake out. the butter sugar mix is super hot.

there is usually extra sugar and cinnamon mix left over. i save that for my next baking project. it's also wicked good sprinkled on toasted bread with some butter spread on it.
also today i made a batch of ratatouile and some pear sauce. pear sauce is just like the other fruit sauces. peel and cut up the fruit, stick in a sauce pan with a little water and simmer until the fruit is soft. puree with a stick blender. it's a great way to 'save' fruit that has gone a bit mushy or bruised. instead of tossing it out, turn it into sauce.
for dinner i decided that i would do manicotti again since my motherinlaw has never had it.

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