Easy Pull-Apart Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is so easy to make, simply toss, bake, and enjoy! A combination of tender biscuit dough, cinnamon sugar and pecans are smothered in a quick buttery sauce and baked until golden and sticky!

This sweet treat makes a great special weekend breakfast or an evening treat while watching movies with the fam! Serve alongside a Fresh Fruit Salad or with a bowl full of berries.

A plate of sticky monkey bread ready to serve with fresh berries.

A Sweet Breakfast Treat

Monkey bread is easy to make and everyone loves it!

What is Monkey Bread? Monkey bread is sometimes called Cinnamon Roll Bites, or even Pull Apart Bread because biscuits are rolled in cinnamon sugar, tossed with nuts (optional) and then piled into a bundt pan. The  mixture is topped with a brown sugar butter sauce that caramelizes while it bakes.

Once baked, the Monkey Bread is flipped over onto a plate for an easy to pull apart sticky bun treat!

Ingredients to make monkey bread including pecans, biscuits and cinnamon sugar.

How To Make Monkey Bread

Cinnamon Monkey Bread is easy to put together and even easier to pull apart!

  1. Sauce: Combining butter and brown sugar, this will be the sticky sauce.
  2. Biscuits: Cut each biscuit into quarters and toss in cinnamon sugar.
  3. Layer: Layer sugared biscuits and pecans (optional) in a greased pan. Top with butter sauce.
  4. Bake and enjoy! 

Let this sticky sweet concoction cool for a few minutes and then carefully invert onto a plate. Serve warm to pull apart or serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

To Make Monkey Bread Ahead:

  • Prepare the sugar butter mixture and leave at room temperature.
  • Toss the biscuits with sugar and layer in the pan as directed. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Melt the butter mixture in the microwave for a few seconds if needed. Pour over the monkey bread and bake as directed.

A plate of sticky pecan monkey bread topped with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries

Monkey Bread Variations

  • Nuts: Swap out pecans for walnuts or your own favorites. Leave the nuts out if you’d prefer.
  • Fill: Fill the biscuits with Nutella to create an easy Nutella Stuffed version
  • Fruit: Add chopped apples, pears, blueberries or other fruits into the mix before baking.
  • Biscuits: I use canned biscuits but if you’d like a homemade monkey bread, use Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits.
  • Cinnamon Rolls: Swap out the biscuits for canned cinnamon rolls (and drizzle the frosting on top after baking).

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Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is super fun to make! Just toss, pull-apart, bake, and enjoy! 

  • 2 rolls biscuit dough (16.3 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (melted)
  1. Combine butter and brown sugar. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Toss biscuits with cinnamon mixture.
  4. Layer sugared biscuits and pecans in a greased bundt pan. Top with brown sugar topping.
  5. Bake 35 minutes or until golden. Invert onto a plate and serve warm with whipped cream.

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Monkey Bread served on a white plate

Monkey bread with biscuits?! Yes please! This recipe is so easy to make and uses canned biscuit dough to keep your prep time a minimum! I love topping this dessert with toasted pecans and fresh berries to take it to the next level for my guests! #spendwithpennies #monkeybread #pullapartcinnamonrolls #dessert #kidfriendly
Monkey bread with biscuits?! Yes please! This recipe is so easy to make and uses canned biscuit dough to keep your prep time a minimum! I love topping this dessert with toasted pecans and fresh berries to take it to the next level for my guests! #spendwithpennies #monkeybread #pullapartcinnamonrolls #dessert #kidfriendly

Easy Quiche Recipe

slice of quiche on a white plate

This Easy Quiche Recipe starts with a premade pie crust but no one has to know! It’s loaded with ham, cheese and green onions and is the perfect easy breakfast or dinner!

You can really add anything you want to this easy quiche recipe — other vegetables, different cheeses or seasonings — but ham and cheese is our favorite way to do it up. I don’t know about you, but we love eggs for any meal of the day here. We’ll take any excuse to enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and this easy quiche recipe definitely bridges the gap between all three. I love keeping my quiche recipes easy, and serving them up with lovely fruit or a beautiful fresh salad!

overhead of easy quiche recipe in a glass dish

Eggs for Brunch

If you love eggs as much as we do, you might also like this Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Bacon or this Mexican Slow Cooker Breakfast!

There are so many variations on a classic quiche recipe, but I wanted to keep things super simple this time around. We’re starting with a premade, refrigerated pie crust and filling it with all the good stuff!

easy quiche recipe in glass pie plate

You can definitely use a premade, frozen pie crust that has already been pressed into a disposable pan if you want to make this quiche even easier, but I like to roll mine out and bake it in one of my own pie plates. That way no one has to know about the shortcuts we took!

Tips for making this Easy Quiche Recipe:

  • This recipe really couldn’t be any easier — start with a premade pie crust, and fill it with your favorite things, plus some eggs and milk.
  • A lot of quiche recipes you will find have precooked ingredients and require an extra pan plus additional prep time. We are using cooked, cubed ham and green onions in this recipe to ensure this easy breakfast quiche recipe comes together as quickly as possible!
  • Don’t forget to keep an eye on the quiche as it bakes — you don’t want the crust getting too brown on top as the eggs cook! If necessary, cover the outside ring of the crust with a bit of foil to prevent it from browning further.
  • If you aren’t a fan of the traditional pie crust, try making a Puff Pastry Quiche or these Easy Mini Quiche made with wonton wrappers!

Can you make a quiche ahead of time?

You bet! Once baked, cool the quiche for up to two hours on the counter, and then refrigerate. To reheat, cover the quiche with foil and bake for about at 325F (until just heated). Cooling it before refrigerating helps keep the crust a bit more crisp.

slice of quiche on a white plate

How do you make a Crustless Quiche:

If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative, or you’re just not a big fan of crust (hey, we all have our own preferences!), you can absolutely skip the crust and just pour the egg mixture right into the pan to make this into a crustless quiche recipe. It’s that easy!

Just don’t forget to grease the pie plate first because eggs can be tough to get out after they’re cooked!

Since you won’t need to watch the crust for signs of doneness, you will just bake a crustless quiche until the eggs are completely set all through the center.

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Easy Quiche Recipe

This Easy Quiche Recipe starts with a premade pie crust but no one has to know! It’s loaded with ham, cheese and green onions and is the perfect easy breakfast or dinner! You can really add anything you want to this easy quiche recipe — other vegetables, different cheeses or seasonings. 

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk (or cream)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked ham (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons green onions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Unroll pie crust and press into a 9″ pie plate, crimping the top edges if desired.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle ham, 1 cup of cheese, and green onions into the pie crust and pour the egg mixture over top. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top of egg mixture.

  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the center is completely set. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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A slice of Easy Quiche on a white plate

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Yummy Fresh Fruit Salad for Summer

 

Fruit Salad is the absolute perfect summer side dish, snack, dessert or even brunch option! A big variety of colorful juicy fresh fruits make this salad a pretty as it is delicious!

Serve it alongside Quick and Easy French Toast or your favorite Breakfast Casserole for the perfect way to start your day!

Fresh summer fruit salad with berries, watermelon and mango in a serving bowl

I love fruit salads when they’re fresh and juicy like this one (but I do love a creamy classic ambrosia salad with marshmallows and sour cream too). In the summer though, a fresh fruit salad is the way to go and truly the best way to enjoy the abundance of the season!

How To Make Fruit Salad

Even the best summer fruit salad can be put together with very little effort! It all starts with picking fresh and colorful ingredients that you love.

Choosing Fruits: While I’ve shared my favorite combo below, any fruit can go into a fruit salad. I try to think about colors and make sure I include as many colors/textures as I can!

If possible, check out your local farmer’s markets to get the best seasonal fruits. If not, many grocers bring in local produce during the summer months too.

A rainbow of fruit for a fresh fruit salad in a bowl

When picking your fruits, you will want to make sure they are ripe and fragrant for a sweeter salad!

If using fruits that can brown like apples/pears, toss them in a little bit of citrus juice before adding to the salad. This will keep them from browning as quickly.

Cut all of the fresh fruit roughly the same size, making each piece bites sized or smaller. Then toss in a big bowl and add your fruit salad dressing if using!

Fresh fruit salad with summer fruit in a serving bowl.

Fruit Salad Dressing

I’m not going to lie, I most often serve a fruit salad without dressing because I love the flavors of the fruit itself.

If you’re going to be enjoying this for a couple of days, a fruit salad dressing helps keep things fresh, it certainly serves more than one purpose.

Besides tasting delicious, the combination of lime juice and honey helps to keep the fruit fresh longer while storing it and reduces the browning that may happen on your fruits.

To make this dressing you simply mix the two ingredients together and very gently mix the dressing over the cut fruit. You can then top with some chopped mint or lime zest for garnish.

This fruit salad dressing is light and fresh and does not compete with the flavors of all other components.

For a creamy fruit salad dressing, add a little bit of flavored yogurt (often strawberry) and mix it in. When my kids were little, this was one of the desserts they loved the most!

How to Keep Fruit Salad Fresh

Fruit Salad is best served fresh, but it will keep for a up to 3 days in the fridge…just remember to keep it chilled (and don’t add the bananas until serving)!

If you’re not able to finish it before, freeze the fruit and use it to make smoothies in the months to come!

More Ways to Add Fruit into Your Summer…

Fresh Summer Fruit Salad

This salad is a cocktail of delicious fresh fruits covered in a simple healthy dressing!

  • 3 cups watermelon (chopped)
  • 3 kiwis (chopped)
  • 2 cups grapes (halved)
  • 2 cups strawberries (chopped)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup mango (pitted and diced)
  • 2 oranges (sectioned)

Dressing (Optional)

  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. Place all fruit salad  ingredients in a large bowl.

  2. If using, mix honey and lime and pour over fruit salad. 

  3. Gently toss to combine.

This fresh fruit salad combines all our favorites into one crunchy colorful dish. With watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, grapes, oranges and mango this salad is sure to satisfy your fruit craving! #spendwithpennies #fruitsalad #freshfruit #summersalad #fruitcocktailsalad #dessert

Perfect Fluffy French Toast Recipe

This easy French Toast recipe will definitely up your breakfast game and bring everyone to the table! There’s nothing quite like a weekend morning breakfast of fluffy French Toast smothered in real maple syrup!

Serve with strawberries, blueberries, honey butter or a side of oven cooked bacon and be the hit of the day!

Maple syrup being poured overtop French Toast with straberries

What is French Toast?

Besides being delicious, any good French Toast recipe is going to have milk, eggs and some warm spices like cinnamon or even nutmeg. The best recipes are made with good bread, a thick mixture of eggs, milk or cream and spices. The pieces are dipped in the egg mixture and then either fried or baked to fluffy perfection.

Who Invented French Toast? While no one quite knows exactly how French Toast got its name, it wasn’t a French recipe. Culinary historians claim that French Toast was originally a Roman recipe of bread that was soaked in milk and then fried. (In France it’s actually called “pain perdu” (lost bread) and made with stale bread). Regardless, we’re thankful to whoever invented this goodness.

Best Bread for French Toast

A good French Toast recipe always starts with good quality bread. While I prefer thicker denser bread slices, thinner slices like sandwich bread will work in a pinch too.

  • Brioche – Brioche French Toast is the classic recipe and often the bread most used when you order at a restaurant. Brioche is buttery, dense and perfect for soaking up the spiced egg mixture. It will produce a light, fluffy piece of breakfast perfection! (It’s the type of bread I use in my fave French Toast Casserole).
  • Challah – Challah is typically a non-dairy Jewish bread that is sold braided and unsliced. It’s a perfect foundation for this recipe!
  • Pullman Loaf – A Pullman loaf is basically white bread that is baked in a long, rectangular loaf pan, similar to the pullman car of a train. This kind of bread is uniform in shape and size and makes perfect French Toast sticks! (Cut into sticks and proceed as directed).
  • Texas Toast or Baguettes – These kinds of bread are good for French Toast, since you can cut them as thickly as you like. They are not as dense and don’t need a lot of soaking up, just a quick dip in the egg mixture and right into the pan or casserole dish!
  • Sandwich Bread – Don’t be fooled by the standard “whatever you have on hand” sandwich bread. Even if it is thinner the breads listed above, you can still dip in the same batter and pan fry. This makes for a delicious and easy last minute breakfast option!

Ingredients for making homemade French toast in a small bowl

How to Make French Toast

You guys, this is so crazy easy. Once you learn how to make French Toast, this staple will become a breakfast/lunch/dinner go-to when you’re in a rush! It’s great with fried eggs too!

  1. Whisk together all the wet ingredients. Make sure your eggs are fully mixed into the milk mixture.
  2. Heat butter in a skillet until melted. Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture and place in skillet. Once the bottom is browned, turn with a spatula and cook until the other side is browned and cooked through.

Serve immediately with warm maple syrup, an easy caramel sauce, or whipped cream with fruit and berries.

Bread dipped in an egg and milk mixture for making French toast.

Get Creative

While mixing your ingredients, you could add other flavors like orange extract or orange zest, maybe some pumpkin pie spice. You could even omit the vanilla and use banana extract and top your breakfast with fresh bananas! Substitute the milk for juice or add a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream or Grand Marnier.

Get creative and change it up to match the season, the occasion or even your mood! Prefer a Savory Breakfast? Top it with a fried egg and serve with some bacon or ham.

Make Ahead French Toast: To Make French toast an easy breakfast option, make a big batch on the weekend and they can be either heated in the microwave or popped into the toaster on busy weekday mornings.

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French Toast

Make this fluffy french toast recipe and be the talk of your next brunch! Try as a casserole or even a stuffed casserole. Yum! 

  • 8 slices brioche bread (or other dense bread, thickly sliced)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl or dish.

  2. Preheat a skillet over medium low heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter to melt.

  3. Dip both sides of the bread into egg mixture allowing a few seconds for the egg to soak into the bread. 

  4. Place the bread in the pan and cook over medium low heat until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.  (Add more butter as needed for remaining bread).

Cook time can vary based on thickness and density of bread as well as the amount of egg soaked into the bread.

 

There’s nothing like a weekend morning breakfast of fluffy French toast! This easy French toast recipe will definitely up your breakfast game and bring everyone to the table! #spendwithpennies #frenchtoast #brunchrecipe #easyrecipe #eggsandbread #breakfast

One Hour Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

One Hour Caramel Pecan Sticky buns are ooey gooey sticky delicious!  They are made with an easy dough from scratch and have the best caramel pecan sticky topping.  The best part is they are ready in just an hour!

Sticky Buns

Sticky Buns are always a classic Easter tradition that my family always loves to enjoy!  Is there anything better than warm sticky buns that are ooey gooey and coated in a caramel glaze?  I don’t think so!  This year, I wanted to do more with them and add more flavor, color and deliciousness to the buns.  Fisher Nuts always has the best pecans and are my go-to to make the flavor pop in the recipe that I am creating. They help to bring new flavor and texture to the dish.

Fisher nuts are right out of their shells, they have no preservatives and are non-GMO project verified.  I can always trust to get amazing quality and flavor every time.  I love the resealable stand up bag that helps to keep the pecans fresh and ready for when I need them.   Almonds, Pecans, and Walnuts are the perfect addition to any spring recipe.  Adding the pecans with the caramel glaze made these Sticky Buns unforgettable.

How Do You Make Sticky Buns?

  • To make the dough: In a small saucepan over medium low heat add the milk and butter. Stir until the butter has melted and remove from heat. Let stand until luke warm temperature.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2¼ cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add to the stand mixer with dough hook attached. (You can also make this by hand, just knead until smooth once all of the ingredients are added.) Add the egg and water and mix until just starting to combine. Slowly add in the milk mixture and 1 cup of flour until the dough starts to form and become smooth. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

  • To make the caramel glaze: In a medium saucepan add the butter and melt over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, karo syrup, and heavy cream. Stir in the pecans. Spread the mixture into the bottom of your greased 9×13 inch pan.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a large 9×15 square. About ¼-1/2 inch thick.
  • To make the filling: In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, brown sugar, and melted butter. Spread evenly on the dough keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.

  • Roll up the 15 inch side into a log and pinch the seams. Cut into 9-12 slices depending on how thick you want your cinnamon rolls. Place in a greased 9×13 inch pan and cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes or until just golden brown on the tops.

What is the Difference Between a Sticky Bun and Cinnamon Roll?

The main difference between sticky buns and cinnamon rolls is the topping. They are both known to be sweet rolls and are both filled with a butter, brown sugar and cinnamon filling. Cinnamon rolls are generally topped with a cream cheese, vanilla or almond icing glaze or frosting after they are baked and cooled. Sticky buns are traditionally topped with caramel and pecans or other nuts. The topping is added to the bottom of the baking dish then the rolls are baked on top of that. The Sticky Bun is the ultimate sweet roll!

How Do You Store Sticky Buns?

Sticky buns will keep at room temperature for about 2 days in an airtight container.  They will also stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 1 week in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Sticky Buns?

Yes! You can freeze baked buns up to 2 to 3 months. You will want to wrap them with foil prior to placing them in an airtight container for freezing. When ready to eat, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator, then warm them up in the oven or microwave and enjoy!

Can I Refrigerate the Dough?

Yes! Cinnamon roll dough can be refrigerated either after it is kneaded and before the first rise or after the dough has risen and is shaped. Cover the shaped dough tightly and refrigerate up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator, partially unwrap and let rise until doubled.

Where Do Pecans Come From?

“Pecan” comes from the Native American word “paccan,” which means a nut with a shell so hard it must be cracked with a stone. Indigenous to the South Central U.S. and Northern Mexico, Pecans are one of the newest domesticated major crops, with commercial production beginning in the 1880s. Today, consumers enjoy more than 500 varieties of this delicious, flavorful nut, both as a snack and an ingredient in cooking and baking recipes.

Are Pecans Good For You?

  • A good source of fiber per 30-gram serving, which contains 21 grams of fat
  • A 30-gram serving contains 21 vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent source of manganese and copper
  • A 30-gram serving is also a good source of thiamin (Vitamin B1)

See nutrition information on package for fat content.

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One Hour Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

Dough Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup butter (softened)
  • 3¼ cups flour
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup water

Caramel Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup karo syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Fisher Nuts Chopped Pecans

Filling Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 5 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  1. To make the dough: In a small saucepan over medium low heat add the milk and butter. Stir until the butter has melted and remove from heat. Let stand until luke warm temperature.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2¼ cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add to the stand mixer with dough hook attached. (You can also make this by hand, just knead until smooth once all of the ingredients are added.) Add the egg and water and mix until just starting to combine. Slowly add in the milk mixture and 1 cup of flour until the dough starts to form and become smooth. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  3. To make the caramel glaze: In a medium saucepan add the butter and melt over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, karo syrup, and heavy cream. Stir in the pecans. Spread the mixture into the bottom of your greased 9×13 inch pan.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a large 9×15 square. About ¼-1/2 inch thick.
  5. To make the filling: In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, brown sugar, and melted butter. Spread evenly on the dough keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.
  6. Roll up the 15 inch side into a log and pinch the seams. Cut into 9-12 slices depending on how thick you want your cinnamon rolls. Place in a greased 9×13 inch pan and cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 15 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes or until just golden brown on the tops.

 

This post was sponsored by Fisher Nuts.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I love supporting brands that I use in the kitchen for myself.

How to Make Peanut Butter at Home (So Easy)!

Homemade Peanut Butter needs just minutes to make and a few ingredients. Once you make this easy recipe at home, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making it yourself all along!

This creamy peanut butter is perfect for your fave PB&J sandwiches (on toast of course) or used to make a delish Peanut Butter Pie!

Homemade peanut butter on toast with peanuts beside.

The Perfect Spread

Nothing says ‘all-American’ like a batch of homemade peanut butter! This natural peanut butter recipe is so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you ever bought it in a store to begin with! This is a great ‘first recipe’ to try with the kiddos, one of those recipes that gets them thinking about where their food comes from!

Peanut butter is one of the ultimate comfort foods! The good thing about this peanut butter recipe is that you can adjust how much salt you want, add a little extra honey if you’d like it sweeter. It’s even a great base for peanut butter cookies and peanut butter cheesecake!

Who Invented Peanut Butter?

Seriously, who was this genius person? The man behind the legend was a Canadian named Marcellus Gilmore Edson who created ‘peanut paste’ in 1884. This was the process of milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces. In 1895, John Harvey Kellogg (yes, the cereal Kellogg!) patented the process in the United States, and the nutritious staple that is in 94% of American households today was born!

What would childhood be like without the famous peanut butter and jelly sandwich packed into our lunches every day?

The stages of peanuts in a food processor showing how to make peanut butter

How to Make Peanut Butter

Here’s the fun part! All you really need are peanuts, some honey for sweetness, and salt! I add a touch of oil to help with consistency. Homemade Peanut Butter is super inexpensive to make if your local supermarket has a bulk section! You will need a food processor to make this recipe.

  • Buy shelled and roasted peanuts.
  • Process the peanuts, honey, and salt in a food processor. Be sure to stop every couple of minutes and scrape down the sides of the food processor to get a smooth consistency.
  • Adjust the honey and salt to your own preference.Slowly drizzle in the oil as you continue to pulse the food processor. Keep adding oil until you get the right consistency.

To Make a Chunky Peanut Butter: Process the peanuts in a food processor as directed in the recipe. Add 3 tablespoons (or to taste) chopped peanuts to the peanut butter!

Then, just transfer to an airtight container and keep refrigerated until you are ready to use!

fresh homemade Peanut butter in a jar after learning how to make peanut butter

How to Store Peanut Butter

The best way to store homemade peanut butter is in an airtight container and in the refrigerator just like you would a natural store bought peanut butter. Remember this delish PB has no additives or preservatives so it can spoil. You can always soften it up a bit by putting it in the microwave for about 30 seconds so that it spreads easier.

What To Use Homemade PB For

This homemade peanut butter recipe can be used for more than just sandwiches and cookies!  Add a little Sriracha and make an amazingly tasty dipping sauce for kebabs! Or add some balsamic vinegar and oil and whip up into an Asian peanut dressing for salad! A few more PB favorites

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter is easy to make with just a handful of ingredients!

  • 15 ounces shelled roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 2-4 teaspoons oil (peanut or vegetable)
  1. Process peanuts, salt and honey in the food processor for 60 seconds.
  2. Take a spoon and scrape and scoop down the sides of the bowl. Replace lid
  3. Continue to process for about 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes while slowly drizzling in the oil. Begin with 2 teaspoons oil and add more until you reach your desired consistency.

  4. Store your homemade peanut butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 2 months.

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Sausage Breakfast Casserole is loaded with sausage, peppers, cheese and Italian seasoning is one my favorite make ahead  breakfasts! The best part is this recipe is made ahead of time (overnight even) so it’s the perfect dish for a holiday morning or when you have guests!

Serve this breakfast casserole recipe with a fresh fruit salad and mimosas for the perfect brunch!

Sausage breakfast casserole ready to serve with a spatula on the side.

A Holiday Favorite

I love a good savory breakfast and this sausage breakfast casserole is definitely at the top of my list! My Mom has made bacon breakfast casserole on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.  It’s truly one of my absolute favorite things I eat at Christmas time.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed countless overnight casseroles (both in the oven and even an easy Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole). I do have to admit, I think this sausage breakfast casserole might be my favorite yet, I just wish you could taste it through the screen.  It’s so deliciously easy and savory.

Loaded with sausage and cheese, this overnight casserole recipe is perfect for holidays, weekends and even for overnight guests.

A slice of overnight sausage breakfast casserole on a plate.

How to Make a Breakfast Casserole

This overnight Sausage Breakfast Casserole is very simple to make!  Bread cubes, chopped peppers and cooked sausage are placed in a casserole dish. The whole thing is topped with a simple egg mixture and of course cheese.  Once prepared, this recipe goes into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (overnight is best) to set.  This allows the bread cubes to soak up the egg mixture.  In the morning just bake and serve!

I love adding Italian sausage to this recipe along with fresh red and green peppers because the sausage has so much flavor!

This quick and easy casserole recipe can be made the night before for a worry-free weekend breakfast (or prep in the morning to bake for dinner after a long day).

Sausage Breakfast Casserole in a pan

Substituting Bread With Hashbrowns

This Sausage Breakfast Casserole is a full meal on it’s own but we do sometimes serve it with a Fruit Salad for breakfast (or a simple Cucumber Dill Tossed Salad for brunch or dinner).

While I much prefer the consistency of this dish using bread cubes, you can certainly make this casserole without bread and replace it with hashbrowns.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, this dish reheats really well and freezes perfectly.

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Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Overnight Sausage Breakfast Casserole with sausage, peppers, cheese and Italian seasoning is one my favorite make ahead breakfasts!

  • 14 slices bread (crust removed, cubed and dried (see note))
  • 1 package Johnsonville Naturals Italian Sausage
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • ½ red bell pepper (finely diced)
  • ½ green bell pepper (finely diced)
  • 2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • pepper to taste
  1. Remove casing from sausage and cook over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Layer ½ of the cubes in a greased 9×13 pan. Top with ½ of each the sausage, green onions, peppers, and cheese. Repeat layers ending with cheese.
  3. Combine eggs, milk, & seasonings Pour egg mixture over bread ensuring all of the bread has been covered. Refrigerate overnight (or at least 3 hours).
  4. Remove from fridge and place in the oven while preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Bake covered with foil 65-75 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (If you are baking 2 pans increase cooking time will need to increase).

Allow bread to dry overnight or dry slightly in the oven oven at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes to dry slightly. (Do not brown or toast it).

This Overnight Breakfast Casserole with sausage, peppers, italian seasoning and cheese is the perfect make ahead breakfast idea! Easy to make & delicious!

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Ham and Spinach Frittata! (Brunch or Dinner)!

Ham and Spinach Frittata is a snap to assemble, quick to bake, and can be adapted to add in your favorite fillings! We love making homemade frittata for Sunday brunch, but it’s easy enough to be a weekday breakfast too (or even dinner)! 

Frittata is a very versatile recipe and you can add any combination of ingredients you’d like! This easy frittata recipe can even be made into spinach frittata muffins for a make ahead breakfast on the go! It’s easily made ahead and reheats well. Just add a side of home fries!

Spinach Frittata cut and ready to be served.

What is Frittata?

Like a quiche recipe, frittatas are egg-based recipes, but frittatas are crustless, which makes them perfect for people following a gluten free, Paleo or even a Keto diet (if you skip the potatoes). Both low carb and healthy! It’s similar to an omelet but can be easily scaled to serve a lot of people.

The other difference between a quiche and a frittata is the ratio of egg/dairy; a frittata only has a bit of dairy.

How to Cook a Frittata – There are a different ways to make a frittata, one being to cook the eggs stovetop until almost set and then broil/bake to cook the top. However, I find it easier just to bake frittata in the oven.

Ingredients for a ham and spinach frittata recipe

How to Make Frittata

This spinach frittata recipe is a cinch because…well, eggs! Eggs are the perfect base for anything whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here’s how you make a frittata:

  1. Preheat the the oven.
  2. Cook your add-ins in an oven proof pan (potatoes, ham, spinach, and green onions).
  3. Whisk eggs, milk, and seasonings and pour over the add-ins. Top with cheese.
  4. Bake until the eggs are set, about 10 to 12 minutes. For a crispy top, broil for about 1 to 2 minutes.

Cool for about 5 minutes before serving to make sure the eggs are set and the cheese is perfectly melted! It’s simple to make and tastes great!

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A cheesy slice of spinach frittata baked and ready to serve.

Creative Add-Ins

You can mix and match the ingredients for this easy frittata! Fresh or frozen spinach can be used in this recipe! Cook your add ins (except cheese of course) and bake in the oven! Whatever is in the fridge and pantry can be tossed into a frittata from potatoes and leftover spaghetti to Roasted Butternut Squash, steamed broccoli or even Grilled Zucchini!

Swap out the cheddar cheese (or add some crumbled feta or goat cheese). Why not try a spinach mushroom frittata or a spinach feta frittata? Cheese is an excellent compliment to eggs, any way you look at it!

Can You Freeze Frittata?

A frittata keeps for a few days in the fridge and reheats beautifully! It’s perfect to make ahead for lunches but it’s also great to put between a couple of slices of bread for lunch!

If you’d like to keep it longer than that, you can freeze a frittata. Freezing egg-based dishes is easy. Make sure the frittata is fully cooled and then portion as desired and place in freezer containers or freezer bags. Egg-based dishes are easy to reheat in the oven or microwave.

This spinach frittata recipe doesn’t disappoint when it comes to simple in every way!

Ham and Spinach Frittata

This ham and spinach frittata is a snap to assemble, quick to bake, and can go anywhere in a moment’s notice! Perfect for a Sunday brunch or a weekday breakfast. 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lb baby potatoes (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach (torn (or 1/2 cup frozen spinach))
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (divided)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a 10″ skillet. Add potatoes and 2 tablespoons water. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Cover and cook over about 10-15 minutes or until softened.

  3. Stir in ham, spinach, and green onions until hot and spinach is wilted.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, half and half, dry mustard and seasonings. Pour over potato mixture. Top with cheese.

  5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until eggs are set. Broil 1-2 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven and cool 5 minutes before cutting. Serve warm.

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We love this homemade ham and spinach frittata recipe for an easy brunch. It's a delicious and simple easy frittata recipe that everyone loves! #spendwithpennies #hamandspinachfrittata #frittata #spinachfrittata #easyfrittata #breakfastrecipe #breakfast #brunch

Best Ever German Oven Pancake

German Oven Pancake is a hot and puffy golden pancake that only requires 5 minutes of prep!  This classic breakfast is always a huge hit at our house!

We love a good classic breakfast at our house.  Try this Breakfast Casserole,  Belgian Waffles, or these Mini Puffed Oven Pancakes for a breakfast the family won’t be able to get enough of!

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German Pancakes Recipe

Breakfast is always a struggle at our house because mornings are always so busy!  I love to surprise the kiddos with a delicious and hot breakfast at least once a week before school.  That is why we love German Pancakes at our house.  5 minutes of prep with ingredients that you have on hand.  This breakfast is totally doable even for the busiest families!

My little girl loves to watch things baking in the oven.  She likes spending time with me in the kitchen and helping.  Or making a mess.  But we sure have fun together.   It is fun to watch this german pancake bake in the oven and get puffy and golden.

As soon as it comes out we all get to top it with our favorite toppings.  I like mine simple with fruit, powdered sugar, and syrup.  But you can go the more traditional German Pancake way of sprinkling with some lemon juice and powdered sugar.

If you haven’t tried this classic breakfast you need to make it.  We absolutely love it at our house and it is so fun and easy to make!  It is sure to be a huge hit with family or guests!

What are German Pancakes made of?

German Pancakes or Dutch Baby Pancakes are made with eggs, milk, flour, and vanilla. They are made in a metal or cast iron pan.  They will puff up. in the oven and fall as they cool.

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How do you make German Pancakes?

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs, milk, melted butter, salt and sugar. Add the flour and stir until incorporated being careful not to overmix.
  • Add 1 tablespoon melted butter to the bottom of a 9 or 11 inch cast iron skillet. Pour the batter into a skillet and bake for 12-18 minutes or just until the edges start to brown. Top with desired toppings.

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Are German Pancakes really from Germany?

German Pancakes or Dutch Baby Pancakes are not German Pancakes the way they are prepared in Germany.  The American “German Pancakes” are more like a popover, either entirely baked in the oven or started in a pan and finished in the oven.

Looking for more delicious breakfast ideas?  Look no further!

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German Oven Pancake

A hot and puffy golden pancake that only requires 5 minutes of prep! This classic breakfast is always a huge hit at our house!

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs, milk, melted butter, salt and sugar. Add the flour and stir until incorporated being careful not to overmix.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon melted butter to the bottom of a 9 or 11 inch cast iron skillet. Pour the batter into a skillet and bake for 12-18 minutes or just until the edges start to brown. Top with desired toppings.

 

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Sausage Gravy

Sausage Gravy is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. A long-time family favorite, homemade sausage and gravy goes hand-in-hand! Its great over biscuits, fried chicken, and even waffles or mashed potatoes

We love comfort food around here, from shrimp and grits to homemade mac and cheese. Creamy and delicious, this homemade sausage gravy is totally irresistible!

Sausage Gravy in a frying pan ready to serve

How to Make Sausage Gravy

With just 5 ingredients, a great Southern Sausage Gravy is a cinch to make and pretty much fool proof! To make homemade sausage gravy:

  1. Crumble up the ground sausage while it cooks until the pieces are very fine.
  2. You need the fat to make the roux so do not drain the sausage once cooked (or even add a bit of bacon grease- so good!).
  3. Add the flour and cook for about two minutes.
  4. Add a little milk a bit at a time and keep stirring until it gets smooth and creamy. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer until it is thickened.

Be sure to season sausage gravy with salt and pepper. Of course nothing goes hand in hand like Biscuits and Gravy so serve this sausage biscuit gravy right away (or put it over cornbread or serve with fried chicken)!

Milk being added to sausage in a frying pan to make easy Southern sausage gravy

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Tips for the Best Sausage Gravy

  • Seasonings: Make sure you use a seasoned sausage or add your own seasonings including sage, salt and pepper.
  • Fat: To make a good sausage gravy you need fat so don’t drain your sausage. Add in real butter and/or bacon fat for great flavor!
  • Keep it Simple: Sausage gravy isn’t a fancy dish it’s just plain ol’ good. No need to add in a lot of extras.
  • Serve with Starches:  Biscuits are traditional but any starches from potatoes to breads will work just fine!

A spoonful of thick sausage gravy ready to serve

Serve this Sausage Gravy over traditional biscuits or any of the following:

Even better, top this with a soft egg so the yolks are runny. Heaven on a plate.

Sausage Gravy

Sausage gravy is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. A long-time family favorite, homemade sausage and gravy go hand-in-hand.

  • 1 lb pork breakfast sausage
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter (or bacon fat)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/3 cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Brown sausage over medium high heat until no pink remains. (Do not drain).
  2. Add butter (or bacon fat) and cook to melt. Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes more.
  3. Add milk a little bit at a time stirring after each addition.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thick and bubbly.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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