Monkey Dunkey Bread

If I bake 2 items every weekend between now and the end of this bake-through, will I catch up to Marie? I don’t know, and I’m not really feeling like looking it up. I’d rather get this post written, so it’s one thing off my to-do list, which I think will feel good, even if it’s a thing I put there. 🙂

I had a fairly productive baking afternoon on Saturday. 2 loaves of bread, monkey dunkey brioche dough, and all of the components of cannoli: brandy snaps, filling, and chopped pistachios.

My carefully piled stack of baking chaos
My carefully piled stack of baking chaos

My brandy snaps for the cannoli shells were apparently poured a little close together.

I'm bad at spacing things
I’m bad at spacing things

But fortunately, straight out of the oven, they were pliable enough that I could kind of reshape them and split them up using a metal spatula.

Fortunately, these were easy-ish to reshape
Fortunately, these were easy-ish to reshape

I used the handle of my whisk to shape the bigger ones, and the handle of my danish dough whisk for the smaller ones. It seemed to work out well.

Shaping with whatever tools were hand
Shaping with whatever tools were hand

Then I made the filling: Mascarpone cheese, rehydrated (in brandy) dried fruit, and chopped toasted Pistachios.

Making the Cannoli filling
Making the Cannoli filling

I mixed the fruit in with the mascarpone to try to soften it somewhat before mixing it in with the cooled pastry cream. Oh, yeah, that’s right, I made pastry cream, too.

Trying to get it smooth
Trying to get it smooth

Once I had all of the components assembled, I stashed them away before assembling these a few at a time when they wanted consuming.

Ready for assembly
Ready for assembly

I made the first two for Jay and I for dessert after supper on Saturday night.

Itsa cannoli!
Itsa cannoli!

I may have had one for breakfast early on Sunday morning before my sister picked me up for a trip to visit Grandma, then on to watch the exhibition show after the Skate Canada International competition in Mississauga. Jay put the components in a cooler and brought them when he picked me up in Toronto, so I could assemble a few onsite after dinner with friends. 🙂

So.. that’s all to explain why the brioche dough for what was supposed to be this week’s baking sat in the fridge untouched all day on Sunday. After supper last night, I took it out of the fridge, made the dunking sauce, looked at the instructions for filling the dough balls with chocolate, said “No way!” and just made this without the chocolate, without the caramel sauce, and without gilding the lily with chocolate drizzle.

Monkey Dunkey Bread
Monkey Dunkey Bread

This particular lily was plenty gilded for a great breakfast at work this morning at about 8. The co-op student who’d been in since 6am seemed particularly grateful. 🙂

Work Breakfast!
Work Breakfast!
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