I set them on the stove to thaw, glancing at the recipe, only to see how many I needed to put in the pan.
A short while later, something provoked me to actually READ the recipe for this monkey bread.
Glad I did.
I not only needed to cut the rolls in half once thawed, but while still cold, I also needed to prep them.
Melted butter, sugar and lemon zest needed to be drizzled over them BEFORE they were left to double in size throughout the day.
Very good. I started my quest to get these little buggers ready to bake.
Knife in hand, I cut each roll in half then assembled them into the pan - ready for the next step.
|24 rolls cut and assembled|
|Who doesn't love melted butter?|
|Little hands make for big help|
Melting 6 Tbls. of butter, we (the collective we, as Selah is now my official kitchen helper whenever I start to cook) drizzled this over the tops of all the now-cut rolls.
If you'll recall, I did not purchase lemons this week - hence my 3rd string result w/lemon parmesan broccoli. I scavenged to the bottom of our fruit basket in the hopes I had missed the lone lemon somewhere. No luck.
>>You see - when I planned lemon monkey bread, I had not fully re-read the recipe and though it only required lemon juice. I reasoned the jar stuff in the fridge would suffice for such a "glaze". Boy was I mistaken.<<
Upon re-reading the recipe - I needed the zest of the lemon in the sugar mixture that would be absorbed in the essence of the rolls as they "rose" throughout the day. Hmmmm... I didn't think jar lemon juice would quite fit the bill.
Improvising - which I tend to do pretty well - I decided we would have Orange Monkey Bread instead. I like those orange "rolls" from pillsbury - surely this will be even better.
So, zesting one orange, I combined the zest with 1 cup sugar.
|Orange zest from one orange added to 1 cup sugar - so colorful|
|I think her favorite part was licking her fingers when we were done. It was sugar, after all. Couldn't let it go to waste.|
|Covered and left to rise - I did peek a couple times - not a good idea necessarily.|
|Done rising and 2nd half of sugar/orange zest added - looks yummy.|
|This looks like it would be yummy on just about any baked good.|
Upon removing the rolls from the oven, we generously poured the glaze over the top.
|Just out of the oven|
|Yummy orange glaze|
Next time, I'll try to remember the lemon and we'll try THAT version to compare.
|The finished product - I won't say how much we ate in one meal|
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