The Best Monkey Bread Recipe (IMHO)

best monkey bread recipe

If you’ve never had Monkey Bread you are in for a treat.  It is ooey-gooey and oh-so-delicious.  And ridiculously easy.  The ONLY problem with this recipe from the Pioneer Woman is that it is so darn hard to stop eating it!

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Pioneer Woman.  For her wonderful photos and step-by-step instructions – click here.

Fig Jam & Chevre Cheese Filled Turnovers with Puff Pastry

 

cheese and fig appetizers

I came across a very complicated recipe for fig turnovers that called for a homemade crust, homemade fig jam and a sweetened cream and chevre cheese filling.  The combination sounded absolutely scrumptious but I knew I wasn’t going to go through all that effort.  Instead I streamlined the recipe using puff pastry and purchased fig jam.  The verdict?  Awesome!  Everyone loved it!  And if fig isn’t your thing, replace it with any fruit preserve.

Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake

cream cheese glaze

I have discovered a new, *sweet* dessert recipe blog that I love, GrandBabyCakes.  Jocelyn, the blogger, has generously allowed Diva Entertains to share her recipes and pictures on our blog – THANK YOU JOCELYN!   I encourage you to visit her site! While there, you can sign up to receive her recipes via email like we did.

This cinnamon roll cake is so darn fabulous!  A delicious version of rolls that is much easier to make!

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

lemon glaze for scones

This wonderful recipe comes from Maria at Eat.At.  And they freeze beautifully!  So make a double batch and put some away for later.[

Cream Scones with Chocolate Chips

Thanks to my dear friend at Eat.At for reminding me about these chocolate chip cream scones – they are TDF.  Unlike so many cream scone recipes, this delivers a moist, flavorful and truly rich scone experience. Of course you can make them without the mini chocolate chips or instead, add 1/2 of something else such as chopped dried cherries, dried blueberries (add a tablespoon of lemon zest too with the blueberries!), currants, etc.

These easy scones require no special equipment; they can be made by hand with a pastry blender (that’s how I made them) or in a food processor.  They also freeze beautifully so they are perfect to make ahead of time and then take out of the freezer to enjoy as needed.

 

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Best Cinnamon Coffee Cake

cinnamon coffee cake

If not the all-time best coffee cake – it’s definitely a runner up says my family and friends!  They loved it!

This recipe and beautiful photography comes from Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Blog; make sure you click through if you are a visual person. Her photography of each step in the cooking process is amazing!

This is a very easy coffee cake to make – the only ‘extra’ effort is whipping the egg whites.  But it gives the cake its unique texture and great taste.

pioneer woman coffee cake

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins (doesn’t that sound good!)

 

how to make pumpkin doughnuts

Talk about a perfect fall muffin recipe!  I adapted this easy pumpkin muffin recipe from Martha Stewart and it does not disappoint.  They are a breeze to throw together; while the muffins cook you’ll make the cinnamon sugar topping (takes less than a minute).  I’ll definitely be making these again!

Maple Bacon Cookies

Bacon Appetizer Recipes

These delicious maple bacon cookies are a breeze to make.  And they can be made well in advance (1 or 2 days, covered in plastic wrap and refrigerated) and baked up right before serving.  Or bake them early in the day, brush on some maple syrup and serve for breakfast, as a snack (albeit not a healthy one) or as a perfect party bite if looking for a bacon appetizer recipe.

Puff pastry is what makes this so simple.  I always keep a box in my freezer so that I can quickly throw together an appetizer or dessert.  Some cooked, diced bacon and maple syrup – that’s all there is to it!

Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

Are you planning something special for Mother’s Day this year?  It’s just 13 short days away, and I’ve got some great ideas for you today, to help make Mother’s Day Breakfast or Brunch DIVA FAB!!

First up, an insanely easy (this recipe uses sandwich bread) yet wonderful recipe from Martha Stewart, a fun bacon, egg, and toast cup recipe.  Perfect for breakfast in bed for Mama, OR on a buffet for a brunch!


One Hungry Mama has done ALL the Mother’s Day Brunch planning work for you, with a Spinach and Cheese Strata, Salad AND Dessert recipe all ready to go.  The strata is prepared the night before and baked the morning of!  It will fast become a favorite brunch recipe of yours!

Speaking of dessert, I ran across a lovely idea for cupcakes – a cupcake bouquet!  Now, this is doubly perfect for Mother’s Day, because not only is a dessert, but it’s FLOWERS for Mom too!  From Edible Moments, check out the DIY Rose Cupcake bouquet.  Do NOT worry about frosting it the way she does – any way you frost the cupcakes will look great (especially topped with sprinkles or decorator sugar).  And…if you really want to make it EASY – purchase the cupcakes from your supermarket and then just assemble the bouquet (toothpicks and green tissue paper are needed).

And in case you want to make it slightly easier on yourself with JUST cupcakes and toppers, check out these adorable Mother’s Day cupcake toppers, from TomKat studio.  Scroll down to the end of her post for the free printables!

So, what are YOU planning for Mother’s Day?  We’d love to hear about it!

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Just in time for Easter, I’m sure you’ll loved these delicious, homemade cinnamon rolls.  And they take only minutes to make (no making of the dough or rolling out).  The secret?  Using store bought, frozen puff pastry.  Which is a truly delicious alternative to the time-consuming, traditional cinnamon roll recipe.

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