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Lemon Monkey Bread

8 May

If you like lemons and lemony creations, you will love this one.  We are overt lemon enthusiasts around here.  My all-time favorite lemony dessert are these best-ever, most lemony lemon bars.  I could eat the entire pan.  One of my favorite savory lemon dishes is a  fabulous lemony pesto.

Now, let’s talk breakfast.  Introducing my new favorite citrus breakfast piece.  Hello, Lemon Monkey Bread.

Lemon Monkey bread

If you take a peek around our blog, you’ll find that we adore great breakfast/brunch concoctions.  Savory or sweet, gotta be simple, and must be deemed unquestionably delish!  This lemon monkey bread fits the bill.

Lemon Monkey Bread 2

I really, really like that this lemon monkey bread doesn’t rely on pudding mixes or food coloring.  The lemony glaze is the star of this monkey bread, plus plenty of fresh lemon juice and zest.

Lemon Monkey Bread 3

The result is an unbelievably light and airy texture with a refreshingly lemony taste.  The slightly crunchy topping offsets the tender bite underneath, with just the right amount of sweetness.

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Because I’m the polar opposite of a morning-person, I made this lemon monkey bread the night before, minus the drizzle.  I let it cool, wrapped it up, and waited until morning to drizzle ‘n devour.  An absolute keeper.

Enjoy!

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LEMON MONKEY BREAD (makes 12 rolls)

INGREDIENTS

12 Rhodes frozen white dinner rolls or Rhodes Texas rolls (not warm ‘n serve variety)
zest of one large lemon
1/2 cup white sugar
3 TB salted butter, melted
butter for greasing

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 TB fresh lemon juice (slightly more or less, depending on desired consistency)

DIRECTIONS

Thaw frozen dinner rolls just until no longer frozen but still cold (not yet risen).  Butter a 9×13 baking pan or two round cake pans.  Cut rolls in half and arrange in pan cut-side down, 1/2 inch apart.  Drizzle with melted butter, evenly over rolls.

Mix lemon zest and sugar together in a bowl.  Sprinkle a third of the zest/sugar mixture evenly over the rolls.  Cover and let rise until rolls are doubled in size, approx. 1 hour, depending on your room temp.  (I covered my baking pan with an equal-sized baking pan in lieu of cling wrap, to give room for rolls to rise upward.)

Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle.

Carefully sprinkle remaining zest/sugar mixture evenly over the rolls.  Bake 16-18 minutes or just until golden.  (If it is the night before, let baked rolls cool completely.  Cover and let sit at room temp until ready to reheat.)

Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over warm rolls.  Serve while still warm.

Source:  Chew Out Loud, adapted from mybakerlady

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Easy Cheesy Ravioli Bake

23 Oct Cheesy Ravioli with meat sauce

If your household is anything like mine, there is a hectic quality to weeknights that can leave little time for cooking.  Between Hubby, myself, and the kids…somebody is either coming or going.  Those few hours after work or school can equal time crunch.

Easy yet tasty recipes are coveted on tightly scheduled weeknights.  As rushed as it can get, we all still appreciate something yummy to sit down to at dinner time.

Cheesy Ravioli with meat sauce

Between the kids’ sports and homework, what’s a girl to do for dinner?  Answer:  Easy, Cheesy Ravioli Bake.  YUM.  This dish single-handedly converted my kids into ravioli fans.  I usually whip up a hearty meat sauce using ground turkey or beef for this casserole.  You can easily make this meatless by, well,  omitting the meat 🙂

Cheesy Ravioli with meat sauce

It’s amazing that frozen ravioli can be so easily transformed into this hearty and tasty dish, happily packed with tomato sauce, various cheeses, and chunky ground meat.  It’s an entire meal in one dish.  And it tastes like you spent a long time at the stove.

Cheesy Ravioli with meat sauce

The aroma of this bubbly ravioli bake will momentarily divert everyone away from their activities.  “What’s that cooking in the oven?”  Yes, they will answer the call to fulfill that hunger for a delicious, hot meal at the table.

Cheesy Ravioli with meat sauce

As usual, here’s my favorite part:  this casserole is easily assembled the night before!  YES.  I am a major proponent of anything that can be prepped the night before.  Assemble it at night, put it in the fridge, and bake it up right before serving dinner.  Of course, you can just do it all the same day too.  Either way, you’ll want to keep this recipe in your rotation of simply fantastic recipes that can be whipped up in under an hour.  Leftovers make for an awesome lunch the next day!  Enjoy.

RECIPE (one 9×11 dish)

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs ground beef or turkey
1 package (25 ounce) frozen cheese ravioli
1 can/jar (26 oz) Hunts Premium pasta sauce
1 (28 oz) plain (not salted) diced tomatoes, juices reserved
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
2 tsp dried oregano
1 TB freshly ground black pepper
1 TB garlic powder
1 TB onion powder
1 TB white sugar
Freshly grated Parmesan for topping

DIRECTIONS

Cook ground meat in large heavy pot over medium high heat.  Stir and break up pieces until cooked through.  Drain any excess grease.  Turn heat off.

Add pasta sauce and diced tomatoes with juices to the pot.  Add oregano, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and sugar.  Stir to incorporate well.

Spread 1/3 of the meat sauce evenly onto the bottom of a 9×11 baking dish.  Arrange 1/2 of the frozen ravioli over the sauce.  Spread 1/2 of mozzarella and 1/2 of Colby cheeses over the ravioli.  Repeat layers.  You should end with last 1/3 of the sauce on top.  Sprinkle top evenly with Parmesan.

If using right away, cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake at 450F for 50-60 minutes, or until ravioli is tender.

If not using right away, cover tightly with foil and place in fridge.  When ready to use, loosen foil and bake at 450F for 30 minutes.

Source: Chewoutloud

Note:  I like to add frozen chopped spinach to this casserole.  It’s delicious and adds veggie power!  Just be sure it’s defrosted and squeeze out all water before layering it on. 

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