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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Hummingbird Cake

If you didn’t grow up in the South or know someone from there, Hummingbird Cake might be something you’ve never heard of.  Well, thank goodness for you, that is about to change.  And no, there aren’t any hummingbirds involved.  This swoon-worthy Southern dessert consists of three layers of cake full of bananas, canned pineapple, sometimes nuts, and slathered together with cream cheese frosting.  How it got its name or where it actually originated from is a bit of a mystery.  But one thing is for sure, it is dang delicious!

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Stone Fruit Crostata with Anise Seed Cornmeal Crust

When fruit is at peak season, a crostata is a perfect dessert to showcase it.  Basically a rustic tart or pie, it requires none of the tedious crimping or lattice work for its crust.  Just roll out dough, pile fresh fruit in the center and then fold the edges around fruit.  This recipe utilizes the slicer/shredder attachment and the plastic whipping bowl.  We love being able to grate frozen butter and gently whisk it into dry ingredients for flaky crostata, pie or biscuits.

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