Saturday, January 26, 2013

A month of Pinterest

February is going to be a month of Pinterest recipes.

I really wonder if people ever make the recipes they pin so I am going to make an entire month of pinned recipes. I have made some before and they have all turned out. I have heard rumors that some of the recipes don't hold up to the expectations.

If anyone has a pinned recipe they would like me to try out let me know in the comments.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread

 I am so happy to be free in a kitchen again!
This is the first pinterest recipe I have actually made.
 I made it tonight while Julie and Josh were out on a mommy and son date/business errand.
It was very easy using the KitchenAid Mixer with the dough hook to make the basic dough.

I did make the dough and it would work great for a pizza crust also.  I used only raisins and apple. I used milk in the glaze. These are the only changes I made mainly due to what was in my kitchen at the time.

The ginger made a nice change from just cinnamon but you could leave it out if you don't care for ginger or just don't have any on hand.

Here is the recipe.

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Mini Monkey Breads with Lemon Glaze Recipes from The Kitchn

Apple Cinnamon Mini Monkey Breads

Makes 12 mini monkey breads 1 1/2 pounds prepared pizza dough OR 1 batch dough (below)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup mixed dried fruit, such a mix of raisins, currants, and cranberries
2 small or 1 large apple, about 1/2 pound
1 lemon, zested
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
Flour, for dusting the dough
For the glaze:
1 tablespoon cream or milk
2 teaspoons honey
Juice of 1 lemon, about 3 tablespoons
3/4 to 1 cup powdered sugar
Lightly mist a large piece of parchment or baking sheet with baking spray. Lay the dough out on it and pat into a roughly 2-inch-thick rectangle. Use a knife or bench scraper to cut it into 4 roughly equal pieces. Cut each of these into 12 lumps, for a total of about 48 dough lumps about the size of your thumb. Sprinkle flour over top of the dough pieces, cover with towel, and set aside while you prepare the monkey bread filling.
Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan by lightly greasing the wells or lining with paper muffin cups.
To make the filling, melt the butter in a saucepan or the microwave. Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and salt and set aside to cool completely.
Roughly chop the dried fruit and place in a large bowl. Peel and core the apples, and grate them into the bowl with the dried fruit. Stir in the lemon zest as well as the brown sugar. Sprinkle the dough pieces again lightly with flour, to help keep them from sticking to each other, then toss them with the dried fruit, apples, and brown sugar. Pour the completely cooled melted butter into the bowl and stir to coat the pieces of dough.
Quickly scoop up handfuls of the dough and fruit mixture and place them in muffin cups (about 4 pieces to each cup). If there is any leftover butter in the bowl, pour this evenly over the monkey breads.
At this point the monkey breads can be covered lightly and refrigerated overnight. When ready to bake, take out of the fridge and let them rise for 1 hour before baking.
Set aside in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
Heat the oven to 400°F and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned on top and the insides register about 190°F on an instant read thermometer.
While they are baking, make the glaze. Warm the cream and honey in the microwave or in a small saucepan until the honey is dissolved. Whisk together with the lemon juice and powdered sugar until it forms a thick, creamy glaze.
Remove the monkey breads from the oven and drizzle the glaze over the tops. Serve warm.

Monkey Bread Dough

Makes 1 1/2 pounds of dough, enough for one batch of Monkey Bread 2 teaspoons instant yeast
3 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
1 1/4 cup cold or lukewarm water
Mix the yeast with the flour and salt in a large bowl. Slowly mix in the oil and water. Knead for 5 to 7 minutes by hand or with the dough hook of a stand mixer, until the dough is smooth, stretchy, and pliable. Proceed with Monkey Bread recipe (above).

The verdict is in...
Julie says it's the best Monkey Bread she has ever tasted.
I love the flavors. The lemon glaze really pulls it all together.
I think the dough was a little heavy so I will keep looking for my bread books in storage to find my tried and true recipe for monkey bread.

I really enjoyed the added ginger flavor to the cinnamon. I really loved the glaze.