When I was in 5th grade I read a book about a group of kids who were trying to raise or save money for..something, I'm not sure and that's not the the point, it's how they did it! They decided to make... toothpaste. Seriously. I swear this wasn't just one of my super odd dreams. I remember thinking 'you can't make toothpaste!' and I was amazed that they did. They even had a recipe for the toothpaste in the back of the book. I was impressed and I started looking at everything around me and wondering how to make it myself (one thing that kept me up at night- what was in windex? why was it blue? Oh, the things I concerned myself with seem so strange now, but they seemed so vital at the time).
I bring this up because I have those 'toothpaste' moments a lot lately. You can make wheat thins? goldfish crackers? That just blows my mind. Maybe you already knew that, and if you did- why didn't you tell me?? Hello! Share please!
homemade bread. What? That's no big deal? Well, it's whole wheat or whatever, so there's that. And it's easy. Seriously. I mix up a few ingredients in a big ol' tub and put it in the fridge, then I take out a chunk when I get home from work and turn it into a cute little loaf of bready fabulousness. I use this whole grain recipe and I love having it in my fridge.
So, when I saw this savory monkey bread recipe I thought I had to give it a try using the bread dough I already had in my fridge. What a cheater- I know! But isn't that the thing with 'traditional' (ha!) monkey bread? Don't people use biscuit dough or the like? I thought I was having a stroke of genius. I rolled out the dough. I diligently cut it up and rolled it around in delicious dill butter. Then I baked it and gobbled it up. Well, some of it. Then I tried a bit more. But. Hm. It was missing something. Yep. Missing something for sure. Don't you just hate that?
|my hopes were so high|
I thought it was maybe a 7 out of 10. It was good and the dill butter was phenomenal. I was afraid of dill before this (don't laugh) but now I'm totally in love with it. That's why I chose to include some rosemary. But I felt like I was left with an unsatisfied feeling in both. Maybe it was those amazing pictures from the recipe, maybe they set my expectations too high. It was good, and I'd make it again, but I wanted this to really float my boat and it didn't.
|a little rosemary action|
I thought it had so much potential though, so much so that I made it again the next day but made a batch of the dough that went with the original recipe, but I made it whole wheat-ish. It smelled so amazing, but it tasted pretty much the same to me (don't hate!). It did get me thinking though and I loved using my super easy bread dough to make something very different. It's these experiences that keep me coming back to cooking even when I'm tired or feeling burnt out. I'm just too curious to leave it be. I love when I'm cooking and I think 'what if...' I'm going to attempt some more savory monkey bread recipes soon. I'll let you know how that goes. And if you do, by all means, share!
If you want to make anything from above here are the links for your reference:
Whole What Bread Dough with Vital Wheat Gluten
Savory Monkey Bread with Dill Butter