Garlic Parmesan Monkey Bread

I have a confession. I’ve never, ever, ever had monkey bread (aka pull apart bread). You know..that caramelly, gooey, sugary, bread that people make. Never had it. Never even wanted it. But then I got on pinterest and food bloggers everywhere were making all these different versions of monkey bread. They made the regular monkey bread and some other sweet versions and then some foody bloggers started making monkey bread savory. Pizza monkey bread and cheesy monkey bread, and garlic and herb monkey bread. Those ones, the savory ones, are all monkey breads I could get on board with. I mean, I’m sure I’d like all the sugary ones too because I’m just a carb lover in general. But the savory monkey breads, especially the herb and garlic, YUM.

So when it came to little dude’s party, I knew that a savory monkey bread would be perfect. And I was 100% right on this one. So easy to make and so, so yummy.

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Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart (or Monkey) bread- Adapted from Pastry Affair

Ingredients

-2 packages of Grands biscuits-NOT THE FLAKY BISCUITS! Just get the regular ole can of biscuits.

-1/4 cup of butter, melted

-1 tablespoon dried parsley

-4 garlic cloves-OK, we LOVE garlic and I didn’t think it was too garlicky at all but if you don’t LOVE garlic, cut this back to about 2 cloves.

-1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese-Can I tell you a secret…I completely forgot the cheese when making this. GASP! I know…and it was delicious without the cheese so imagine how yummy it would have been WITH the cheese.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 and spray a bundt pan with non stick spray

Take your biscuits and cut each on into 4ths and set aside.

Combine melted butter, garlic, and parsley. Now you can do one of two things. You can take each individual piece and dunk it in the butter mixture which is more time consuming but each piece is completely coated or you can be like me and dump said better mixture all over the biscuit pieces which is much less time consuming but each piece might not get a good coating. So coat pieces and start layering in the bundt pan. Once you have a solid bottom layer, throw some cheese (about 1/3 of it) over the layer. Then layer some more, more cheese, layer remaining pieces, and throw the rest of the cheese on top. I didn’t layer so much as just threw pieces in and since I forgot the cheese it didn’t matter. But I’m sure you could just throw some biscuit pieces in there, throw cheese, throw more biscuits, more cheese, etc. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s not meant to be perfect. It’s still going to taste yummy.

Bake for 25-35 minutes. Mine took around 35 to get nice and golden but start at the 25 min mark and go from there as all ovens are not created equal. Serve with a big ole side of marinara sauce, homemade or jar, and enjoy!

 

 

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Banana Bread

I LOVE banana bread. Little Miss LOVES banana bread. Little Man LOVES banana bread. Mr. Chaos…well he’s not a fan. But because 3 of us love banana bread, I make it whenever I have overripe bananas.

I have used many banana bread recipes and some have turned out super yummy once and then turned out horrible the next time. Others are OK every time I make them. Then I found this gem. It is a simple recipe and has always come out absolutely delicious. As a testament to how simple it is, Little Miss typically helps me make it and I usually am just watching her dump in the ingredients and mix them up. If a 5 year old can do it, I have faith that anyone who likes banana bread can make it too.

Banana Bread

Recipe from: cicadagirl on Tasty Kitchen

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 whole Ripe Or Overripe Bananas
  • ⅓ cups Melted Butter
  • ¾ cups White Sugar
  • ¼ cups Turbinado Sugar (sugar In The Raw)- I’ve never used this in the recipe because I don’t have it on hand at home.
  • 1 whole Egg Beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1-½ cup All-purpose Flour

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Put the peeled bananas (3 or 4, but no fewer or bread will be too dry!) into a large mixing bowl and smash with a wooden spoon. Add the melted butter and mix together with the spoon.

3. Add the sugars, egg, and vanilla, stirring to combine.

4. Sprinkle the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon over the top and mix into the mixture.

5. Add the flour last and mix.

6. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8″ loaf pan.

7. Bake for one hour. Cool on a rack before removing from the pan to serve.

*Note: I typically set my timer for about 10 min shy of the cooking time stated and go from there. Cooking times can vary from oven to oven.