Thursday: What’s Baking?

Have I ever told you about the easiest bread to make on the planet? You don’t even need to knead it or rise it! It’s a little something I like to call “Monkey Bread” and it is super fantastic! Yes, I believe I used two adjectives back to back, but I wanted you to understand how yummy this bread really is! I’ve made it for a few dinner parties, and it was an absolute hit! This bread could be a great side for chili, cut into squares and served as dinner rolls, or part of a delicious breakfast . Monkey bread could be sweet or savoury too! This one happens to be a cheesy jalapeno delight! It’s all up to you, but you can’t go wrong when you serve this to your hungry guests. Take a look:

Big Ray’s Mexican Monkey Bread

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (16.3 ounce) package refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough, separated and each portion cut into quarters
  • 1 ¼ cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • ¾ cup jalapeno pepper slices, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon dried parsley flakes, divided
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Step 2 Pour melted butter into a small bowl. Dip each piece of biscuit dough in melted butter to coat.
  • Step 3 Arrange enough of the biscuit dough pieces in the bottom of the loaf pan to form a single layer; top with 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup pepper slices, and 1/4 teaspoon parsley. Repeat layering once and top with remaining biscuit dough pieces, pepper slices, and parsley flakes.
  • Step 4 Mix remaining 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese together in a bowl; spread over the top of the ingredients to cover.
  • Step 5 Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool bread in pan for 5 minutes before inverting onto a plate to serve.

*Recipe taken from allrecipes.com

I’ve made this bread a million times, but I have to say that I prefer using Bisquick biscuit mix, instead of Pillsbury. I find the salt content to be higher in the Pillsbury mix, which takes away from the flavour. If you have a biscuit mix that you swear by, you should go for it! This is all about trial and error, so you do what makes you happy and see how it turns out. I hope you all consider using this recipe as an alternative to regular baking from time to time, as it might help the issue of our shelves being bare of the baking essentials;) I don’t know about you, but I can’t find baking soda, baking powder, or yeast! Has everyone gone into a baking frenzy??? If so, I’d love to see what is coming out of your oven! Please share pics of your creations, and I may let you off the hook for being a rising agent hoarder! Lol. I’d better end this now before it gets ugly:) I love you all! Happy Thursday everyone!

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