Pesto and Cheese Monkey Bread

I’m not sure why monkey bread is called monkey bread, but it sure is fun to eat, pulling apart sections of bread. Usually monkey bread is sweet, with a sticky topping. But we’re going to the savory side with this one. Pesto in the dough and on the top and bottom of the bread, and a liberal sprinkling of cheese in the layers makes this a bit of comfort baking heaven. I apologize in advance if your grocery foraging situation is still wonky. As long as I don’t want beans or rice, I can usually find what I need now, although I have to go to the more expensive grocery stores for flour.

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Anything Goes Fruit Muffins

Anyone doing some isolation baking right now?  Or anyone trying to, but the grocery store shelves are rather bare?  With the current situation in mind, we’ve created a muffin recipe that is more like a format, where you can swap things in and out.  If you have kids, this substitution game can be a pretty fun scavenger hunt of what you have on hand.  Also, pull out all the festive cupcake/muffin paper liners.  The small things help right now as we all adjust to a very different normal.  Hope this brings a little sanity and happiness to your life.  Baking is pretty good therapy.

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Spiced Date Rye Bread

When one hears rye bread, crusty, hearty artisan style bread comes to mind.  This is not that.  Soft, slightly sweet, flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, this is a different kind of rye bread.  Studded with chewy dates that play off the earthy flavors of the rye flour, this bread is equally at home in savory (grilled cheese!) or sweet applications.

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