Garlic Parmesan Monkey Buns

Garlic Parmesan Monkey Buns

Garlic Parmesan Monkey Buns

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Today’s Garlic Parmesan Monkey Buns are so good served warm and fresh with flecks of garlic and Parmesan cheese. They’re a little crispy around the bottom and each bite is buttery and delicious. That is why this is a small-batch recipe. Simply put, they are best enjoyed the day they are made, warm and fresh from the oven, and you don’t always need a dozen of them for one meal.

They are easy to mix by hand with no special equipment required. Six is the perfect number for a small family enjoying a bowl of soup, stew or chili. I like to say they are meal-specific and made to tear apart and dunk into a luscious tomato sauce or hearty stew rather than sliced and piled with lunch meat.

These Garlic Parmesan Monkey Buns do take a few hours, so plan accordingly. I like to initially mix a wet dough and allow it to rest to hydrate most of the flour. This will help with the first stages of kneading because the moisture has been absorbed by the flour. From here, the flour you knead into the dough can be readily absorbed.

The final dough should be tacky but not sticking to your fingers. The exact amount of flour will depend on your environment and measuring of the ingredients. Once the initial cup of flour has been kneaded into the dough, add flour by the teaspoon if needed until the dough is soft and a little tacky to the touch.

Author:  Compelled to Cook

 

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Garlic Parmesan Monkey Buns

Total Time 3 hours
Servings 6 Buns

Ingredients

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    Buns

    • 1/2 cup 2% milk
    • 1 tsp granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
    • 1 cup bread flour
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

    Garlic Butter

    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
    • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

    Instructions

    • Warm the milk to 90 – 110°F.  Stir in the sugar and yeast and allow to bloom for 10 minutes.
    • To the milk add ¾ cup of the bread flour, melted butter,  salt, and garlic powder.  Stir to combine into a wet dough.  Cover and allow to hydrate for 15-20 minutes.
    • Spread the remaining ¼ cup of flour onto your work surface.  Scoop the dough onto the flour and sprinkle the top with flour as you start to knead.  Knead the dough, absorbing the flour gradually as you go until all the flour has been absorbed.  Knead for a total of 8-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and tacky to the touch.  If you require more flour, add it to your work surface a teaspoon at a time.
    • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat.  Cover and allow to proof until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes depending on your environment.
    • Meanwhile, chop two cloves of garlic.  Add the parsley leaves to the garlic and finely mince together.  Set aside in a large bowl.
    • Once the dough has risen, scoop it out onto your work surface and knead gently two or three times to remove the air.  Divide dough evenly into six portions.
    • To the garlic and parsley add ¼ cup of butter that has been melted along with the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
    • Cut each dough portion into 6 equal pieces and add to the butter.  Toss gently to combine.
    • Using a non-stick muffin tin, place 6 dough pieces into each tin cup, nestling them gently as you go.  Top each with any remaining butter mixture.
    • Cover lightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise until puffy, about 30-40 minutes.
       
    • Bake in a pre-heated 350°F oven for 20 minutes until golden.
    • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove to a serving dish or cooling rack.

    Easy Homemade Baguettes

    Easy Homemade Baguettes

    Easy Homemade Baguettes stacked two high and one sliced with butter in the foreground.

    EASY HOMEMADE BAGUETTES

    Homemade bread is easy!

    Glorious, chewy, crusty bread is at your fingertips with these Easy Homemade Baguettes. The recipe is credited to Dan Leader’s 4-hour Baguette and I’ve done little to alter the recipe other than reducing the amount of salt and put it in my own words. Many types of bread can be made within 4 hours, so you may be wondering why this recipe is anything special. A traditional French Baguette starts with some kind of “starter” usually consisting of a partial amount of the flour, water and yeast. This starter is left to ferment for many hours and often overnight, making it a lengthy process. The benefit of using a starter is to promote more flavour and a better texture. Dan Leader’s 4-hour Baguette is a wonderful recipe because it creates a similar result in much less time.

    Dough rising in a glass bowl for Easy Homemade Baguettes

    Dan Leader does this in a couple of ways. The first being the delayed addition of the salt. The salt is added after the dough has rested and hydrated. Salt inhibits yeast growth, so by adding it at a later stage allows the yeast to develop better, creating more flavour. The second is an additional rise after folding the dough. The folding helps to stretch out the gluten strands and therefore helps to create a nice texture. The additional rise also helps with yeast development and better flavour.

    Dough resting and rising on a wooden board with a bench scraper in the background.

    Adding ice to a hot pan placed below the baking rack will ensure a lovely crust on your baguettes by allowing the dough to rise fully before a crust forms.

    Food 52 calls this a genius recipe and I can see why. A few deliberate actions in the recipe saves a whole lot of time and produces wonderful results. If you love homemade bread, this recipe is a must try. Enjoy!

    Baguette dough rising in a metal baguette pan on a linen kitchen towel.

    Are you new to baking, wanting to improve your baking, or maybe you just want to make baking more convenient and fun?  Have you ever thought of creating a baking station?  The rather handy and informative Porch website has a great article on how to do just that.  It provides unique and inspiring ideas of how to create, organize and have fun with a baking station.  It’s a great idea and a good read How to Create the Ultimate Home Baking Station 

    Three Easy Homemade Baguettes are baked golden and resting on a wooden board with a linen kitchen towel.

    Three Easy Homemade Baguettes are baked golden and resting on a wooden board with a linen kitchen towel.
    Easy Homemade Baguettes
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      Servings Prep Time
      3 baguettes 4 hours
      Cook Time
      25 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      3 baguettes 4 hours
      Cook Time
      25 minutes
      Three Easy Homemade Baguettes are baked golden and resting on a wooden board with a linen kitchen towel.
      Easy Homemade Baguettes
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        Servings Prep Time
        3 baguettes 4 hours
        Cook Time
        25 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        3 baguettes 4 hours
        Cook Time
        25 minutes
        Ingredients
        Servings: baguettes
        Instructions
        1. In a large bowl stir together water and yeast and allow to ferment for about 10 minutes until foamy.
        2. Add 2 3/4 cups of flour and stir until moisture is absorbed. Cover with plastic wrap or clean kitchen towel and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes to allow the flour to hydrate.
        3. Flour your work surface with a sprinkle of the remaining flour. Dump out dough onto your work surface and sprinkle with salt and a tablespoon of flour to knead the dough without it being too sticky. Continue kneading the dough and adding flour by the tablespoon until dough is smooth but still a little tacky, about 8 minutes. Using a bench scraper to lift the dough off the counter helps until it becomes less sticky. The exact amount of flour is dependant on your working conditions and existing moisture in the flour you are using.
        4. Place dough in a large lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free area for 60 minutes until double in size.
        5. Remove dough to your work surface and using your fingers push and spread dough to remove air pockets and to shape into an approximate 8"x 6" rectangle. Fold the long sides of the dough into the centre and then fold the top and bottom into the centre. Place the folded dough back into the bowl, seam side down. Cover and allow to rise for 60 minutes.
        6. Preheat oven to 475℉ and place a heatproof pan or cast iron skillet on the rack below your centre baking rack. If using a baking stone, place it in the oven to preheat as well.
        7. Divide dough into 3 equal portions and roll each into an approximate 14" log. Allowing the dough to rest for 60-second pauses between rolling will help the dough relax and hold its shape when rolled. Place shaped logs onto a baguette pan. Alternatively, you can lay logs onto lightly floured parchment that sits on a rimless baking tray. Leave enough space between the logs to pinch the parchment and lift up, creating pleats between the logs. Place rolled kitchen towels on both ends of the parchment to provide support. Cover and allow to rise for 50 minutes.
        8. Using a sharp knife or bread lame, make at least four 4" slashes across each loaf. Add ice cubes to the hot pan in the oven and place baguettes on centre rack above. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and baguettes sound hollow when tapped. If using parchment, remove towels and pull parchment by the corners to flatten. Place pan in the oven as indicated above onto your preheated baking stone or simply on the middle rack if not using a stone.
        Recipe Notes

        -The exact amount of flour needed is dependent on many factors such as humidity and type of flour. Keep a small portion of flour aside and add by the tablespoon until the dough is smooth yet still tacky.  By all means, use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook to knead the dough if desired.

        -Use an upside-down baking tray if you do not have a rimless one.

        -A baguette pan is an inexpensive investment that allows the loaves to brown evenly on all sides.

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        Cinnamon Raisin Challah

        Cinnamon Raisin Challah

        Do you fondly remember raisin bread as a child?  I do, yet these days my husband and I tend to eat cinnamon raisin bagels more so than the bread.  I couldn’t resist giving the raisin bread I remember some new life.  This loaf is sweet and eggy with lots of cinnamon, a pinch of cardamom, plump raisins and a sprinkling of coarse sugar. 

        What is Challah?

        In very basic terms, Challah is a braided yeast bread made with eggs.  So by this definition, one can imagine the possibilities for variations.  

        Traditionally however, Challah is an egg-rich, braided bread eaten in the Jewish cuisine on ceremonial occasions. The term Challah is also a reference to the separation of a portion of the bread for an offering. 

        To me, it’s a darn tasty way to enjoy toast in the morning!

        About this Challah

        In this recipe, I opted to use brown sugar because I wanted that hint of molasses.  I also added a small amount of cardamom because I think it is wonderful in baked goods.  The raisins are pre-plumped, mostly because mine were looking a little dry. The top is dusted generously with coarse sugar for a little extra indulgence and crunch.  This loaf was braided with only 3 strands, but by all means, use a 5 or 6 strand braid if you prefer.  

        Enjoy!

        Baked and golden Cinnamon Raisin Challah braid rests on a wooden trivet that is draped with a navy and brown napkin. The loaf has two slices cut and resting at the front of the loaf. A knife and apricot jam sit to the side.
        Cinnamon Raisin Challah
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          Servings
          1 large loaf
          Servings
          1 large loaf
          Baked and golden Cinnamon Raisin Challah braid rests on a wooden trivet that is draped with a navy and brown napkin. The loaf has two slices cut and resting at the front of the loaf. A knife and apricot jam sit to the side.
          Cinnamon Raisin Challah
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            Servings
            1 large loaf
            Servings
            1 large loaf
            Ingredients
            Servings: large loaf
            Instructions
            1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook stir together water, brown sugar and yeast. Allow to proof for 7-8 minutes.
            2. Stir in 2 whole eggs, egg yolks, oil, and raisins. To this mixture add 2 cups of flour, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Begin kneading, allowing all the flour to be absorbed. Add remaining flour gradually until dough begins to pull away from the sides and is smooth about 7-8 minutes. The dough will be a little sticky but you should be able to handle it without additional flour.
            3. Lightly oil a large bowl and turn out dough into bowl flipping to coat sides. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a draft-free area for 90 minutes. (It will not appear to be double in size)
            4. Remove dough and knead a few times to punch out the air. Divide dough into 3 equal portions of approximately 300g each. Allow dough to rest for about 5 minutes. This helps relax the dough and will make it easier to roll into logs.
            5. Line a large baking tray with parchment.
            6. Roll each third into a 14" long log. Lay the 3 logs parallel to each other on the baking tray. Braid dough tightly, pinching the ends together and tucking under slightly.
            7. Cover loaf with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a draft free area for 45 minutes.
            8. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a small bowl whisk together 1 large egg and cream. Brush generously on the loaf and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for approximately 32 minutes until golden and an internal temperature of 195℉ is reached.
            9. Remove from oven to a cooling rack and allow to cool prior to slicing.
            Recipe Notes

            For extra plump raisins, soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes and drain well prior to adding to dough.

            This bread is wonderful toasted with a little apricot jam.

            It toasts quickly because of the sugar content.

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            Rosemary Buttermilk Rolls

            Rosemary Buttermilk Rolls

            Rosemary Buttermilk Rolls bake up perfectly soft and speckled with fresh rosemary.  This makes them absolutely perfect along side your baked ham or golden roasted turkey.  There’s almost nothing better than freshly baked bread, filling the kitchen with an amazing aroma.  The kind that sparks a memory and elicits a feeling of comfort. 

            These lovely rolls are easier than you think, requiring no fancy equipment and use everyday ingredients. When making bread, it’s important to distribute the yeast evenly, whether you’re using fresh yeast or dry yeast.  Because I’m using dry yeast, I bloom it with the liquids and sugar prior to mixing. This not only ensures the yeast will be evenly dissolved and distributed but also gives it a head start in the production of carbon dioxide which helps the bread rise. 

            You won’t be disappointed, and neither will your guests.  Rosemary Buttermilk Rolls are delicious and simple and will make your holiday table the best it can be.  Enjoy!

            Author:  Compelled To Cook

            Rosemary Buttermilk Rolls
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              Servings Prep Time
              12 rolls 30 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              18-20 minutes 105 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              12 rolls 30 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              18-20 minutes 105 minutes
              Rosemary Buttermilk Rolls
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                Servings Prep Time
                12 rolls 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                18-20 minutes 105 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                12 rolls 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                18-20 minutes 105 minutes
                Ingredients
                Servings: rolls
                Instructions
                1. Warm buttermilk to 95℉-110℉ in the microwave using 30 second intervals.
                2. Combine buttermilk, water, sugar and yeast in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook (see note). Allow yeast to bloom for 10 minutes
                3. Stir in 1 3/4 cups of flour, rosemary and salt. Knead on low until flour is fully absorbed. Add the butter chunks a few at a time, until the butter has been incorporated and the dough is starting to pull away from the sides. Continue to add remaining flour by the tablespoon until the dough is smooth but still a little bit sticky.
                4. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel. Allow dough to rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, approximately 60 minutes.
                5. Preheat oven to 400℉. Remove dough from bowl to a clean work surface. Fold dough two or three times by hand to remove the air. Divide dough into 12 equal portions. Roll into balls and place on a parchment lined baking tray 1/4" apart. Cover with oiled plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow to rise for 45 minutes.
                6. Whisk egg and 1 tbsp of milk with a fork and brush evenly onto rolls. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20. Remove from oven and slide onto a cooling rack, removing the parchment paper. Allow rolls to cool to slightly warm or room temperature for serving.
                Recipe Notes

                -Use only fresh rosemary for this recipe.

                -If kneading by hand, bloom yeast as instructed and stir in the first portion of flour, rosemary and salt.  Turn the wet dough onto a work surface and add a few chunks of butter and 1/4 cup additional flour.  Knead by hand, adding remaining butter and flour by the tablespoon until dough is smooth and no longer sticks excessively to the work surface. Proceed as the recipe indicates.

                -Spacing buns 1/4" apart will result in tray style rolls that you have to pull apart.  For more individual rolls,  increase spacing to 1 1/2" between rolls.

                Mustard Herb Skillet Bread

                Mustard Herb Skillet Bread

                One could say I have a mild obsession with making bread as it’s rare that I don’t make it weekly and usually feel guilty buying store bread. Most often I make variations of my favourite doughs, because I’m also guilty of liking familiarity and convenience. So, in keeping up with my obsession I thought I’d share this lovely Mustard Herb Skillet Bread. It’s thick and soft with a golden, crusty coating of mustard, herbs and cheese. It’s great for dunking but what I find even better is to split the bread and make a nice sandwich out of it with sliced ham or turkey. And don’t worry about the next day, because it’s almost better when it’s toasted or grilled. The mustardy coating gets even crunchier and that’s when you hit it with a fried egg, cause it’s true, everything is better with a fried egg!!

                The mustard rub topping is just a slight variation of my go to mustard rub that I really do put on everything. I simply omitted the lemon juice and added the addition of parmesan cheese. In my humble opinion, bread and cheese are just meant to be together. Plus, the cheese lends to a nice chewy crust. Don’t be skimpy on the mustard rub either, it’s the star of the show. Enjoy!

                Recipe source for Mustard Herb Skillet Bread:  Compelled To Cook

                Mustard Herb Skillet Bread
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  12-16 wedges 25-30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  20-22 minutes 80 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  12-16 wedges 25-30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  20-22 minutes 80 minutes
                  Mustard Herb Skillet Bread
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    12-16 wedges 25-30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    20-22 minutes 80 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    12-16 wedges 25-30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    20-22 minutes 80 minutes
                    Ingredients
                    Bread
                    Mustard Topping
                    Servings: wedges
                    Instructions
                    Mustard Topping
                    1. In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients except for cheese and set aside until ready to use.
                    Bread
                    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook stir together water, yeast and sugar. Allow to ferment for 5-7 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of flour, olive oil and salt. Begin kneading, adding additional flour by the 1/4 cup until dough starts to pull away from the sides. Continue to knead until dough is soft and silky, about 5-7 minutes.
                    2. Turn out dough into a large greased bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm, draft free area until double in size, about 1 hour.
                    3. Preheat oven to 425℉. Oil a 10" cast iron skillet and push dough evenly into pan with oiled fingers, creating dimples as you go. Allow dough to rest a few minutes to relax dough if having trouble pushing it out to the edge. Cover and allow to rise for 20 minutes.
                    4. Brush dough with mustard topping and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 20-22 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes in pan before lifting out onto cooling rack. May be eaten slightly warm or at room temperature.
                    Recipe Notes

                    Recipe yields approximately 490 grams of dough.