Our Mini Family: Holiday Blueberry Monkey Bread


Holiday Blueberry Monkey Bread

This blueberry monkey bread recipe is perfect to bake with a loved one during the holidays! What may surprise you is how it even comes with a secret ingredient you may not expect to see in a dessert recipe (thanks to Joan of Arc Cheese for sponsoring this blog post!) 


Adam didn't yell at me once this year for pulling out the Christmas decorations the day after Halloween! 

Although, he did passive aggressively share a meme with me from Bob's Burgers that in a roundabout way totally made fun of the fact that I cannot contain myself when it comes to Christmas decorating earlier than everyone else does. 

All joking aside, we hold the holidays near and dear to our hearts. Adam and I have had some wonderful years enjoying the holidays together, and we are always thankful when he does not have to work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (or even the eve of Christmas Eve aka my birthday!) With all that is merry and bright, we cherish the holiday season in our own way. We may not have a home bustling with children yelling with excitement waiting for Santa Claus to come, but we have little traditions that we celebrate in our own way that make the holidays feel like our own. 


One thing we really love to do is bake together during the holidays. One day, after Adam and I first moved in together, I was making cookies. He came into the kitchen and asked if I was making pizza since there was dough on the counter and he saw me taking a rolling pin to it. "No, I'm making us some sugar cookies!" 

Adam paused and then asked, "....but, with pizza dough?" I was baffled. Adam had no idea how to make cookies from scratch. 

From that day on, we've made a promise to each other to tackle a new kind of baking recipe every year that Adam doesn't know how to do. This year's project was monkey bread! In the past, we've baked bundt cakes, so when I pulled the bundt pan out of the pantry he recognized it and reminded me of the pumpkin spice coffee cake we made a few years ago. 

This year, rather than making our own dough from scratch, we decided to cut down on preparation time and use premade biscuit dough we picked up from the grocery store. This blueberry monkey bread is perfect to bake with a loved one during the holidays, and it comes with a secret ingredient that may surprise you!

Click here to see my secret ingredient for this decadent, soft, sweet, monkey bread that is just the right amount of tart and kick to complement the blueberries!

Be sure to watch my recipe video below! In leui of a bunch of recipe images that I typically share, I opted to try my hand at a recipe video again. I've made them in the past, but I haven't fallen in love with them and I feel like I'm not doing a great job at them. But I enjoyed how this video came out and I hope you do, too!



Holiday Blueberry Monkey Bread

Ingredients:
  • 2 cans of store-bought homestyle (or southern) biscuits (2 pounds total)
  • 4 ounces of Joan of Arc Goat Cheese 
  • 6 ounces of fresh blueberries
  • 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 ounces of honey

Directions:
  1. Open up the cans of biscuits and separate the individual, pre-shaped biscuit pieces. 
  2. Cut each piece of biscuit into quarters (cut it in half, and then cut that in half). 
  3. Flatten and lightly tug the quarters so they grow a little bit larger. 
  4. Spread a small amount (under 1 teaspoon) of goat cheese onto the quarter of the biscuit.
  5. Place two blueberries in the middle of the biscuit on top of the goat cheese spread.
  6. Add one drop of honey on top of the blueberries. 
  7. Fold the edges into the center and cover the blueberries and honey, and roll it into a ball with the edges folded inside with no holes (and no blueberry, honey, or goat cheese exposed).
  8. Repeat this process for the remainder of the biscuits.
  9. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (F).
  10. Line a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. 
  11. Begin filling the bundt pan all the way around with the rolled biscuit balls. 
  12. Once you have filled the bundt pan half way and you have placed about half of the biscuit balls into the pan, stop.
  13. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Pour in 1/4 cup of honey into the butter. Mix well. 
  14. Spoon and drizzle half of the butter/honey mixture on top of the biscuit balls. Set aside the other half.
  15. Continue filling the bundt pan with biscuit balls until there are no more left. Then spoon and drizzle the remaining of the butter/honey mixture on top of the biscuit balls. 
  16. Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil.
  17. Bake the pan at 325 degrees (F), covered with aluminum foil, for 50 minutes. Once 50 minutes have passed, take it out of the oven, and remove the aluminum foil. 
  18. Place the bread back in the oven and bake the monkey bread for another 15 minutes. 
  19. Once it's browned and begun to crisp a bit on the edges, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes or so before you try to flip the bundt pan to take the monkey bread out. 
  20. Once it's cooled a bit, flip it over and serve it on a cake dish or plate. Pour the remainder of the honey on top and use a spatula or basting brush to cover the outside of the entire bread loaf.  Sprinkle a few blueberries on top too, if you want! Then, serve it while it's warm or even room temperature and enjoy! Adam prefers enjoying it with a cup of hot coffee!  

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I have two words for you: goat cheese.


Goat cheese will become your new best friend when it comes to holiday entertaining and cooking for loved ones during Thanksgiving and Christmas season. 

Sure, you can use goat cheese like most of us use it all the time in salads, along with charcuterie boards and serving with cheese and crackers, and even on bruschetta and crostini. But what may surprise you is how well goat cheese can work in some dessert recipes that may normally call for cream cheese in the recipe!

Joan of Arc® Goat Cheese is spreadable and versatile enough that you can use it as an ingredient in many of your appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts recipes. It offers just a bit of tang and a pop of flavor, and if it's paired right (like with blueberries, for example) it can bring out all of the right flavors in a recipe that will take your baking to the next level!


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7 comments :

  1. You clearly speak my language. Monkey bread and goat cheese, that's really all a person needs, isn't it?

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  2. Monkey bread is so delicious for the holidays, and blueberries make the perfect topping. Love this post!

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  3. Never would have guessed it was goat cheese! But I must try this, I just did a blueberry recipe too and have some leftover that would be great to use up

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  4. This is the perfect holiday treat! I would never think to combine goat cheese with monkey bread, but it sounds delicious.

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  5. This looks absolutely delicious! Perfect for the holiday season. Pinned, thank you!

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  6. You took monkey bread to a whole new level! Blueberries and goat cheese have got my attention. I will have to try this!

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  7. I've never made monkey bread before but I've been trying to think of some new desserts to make this year for the holidays and I think this might be the one I make!

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