Sunday, July 31, 2011

Gorilla Bread, a Tasty Fail?

Have you ever watched a cooking show and said "Wow, That looks Fantastic!" ?  I have. Many, many times. Well this week was just one of those occasions. I watched a cooking show last week, that absolutely had me hoodwinked into thinking that my every day "Monkey Bread" wasn't good enough anymore.
All of a sudden I needed "GORILLA BREAD"! 
For goodness sakes...What about it's differences did I need? What was it that made me want to stray away from  my tried and true favorite? I knew it was a risk...I knew to try this *shiny*new* tantalizing treat, was to forego years of perfecting an old trusted friend. I was mesmerized. I was taunted and teased. I was Tempted! This Food Network Maven had me convinced that this was the Newest Bestest thing since the invention of the Cinnamon Roll. She was worse than an Ice Cream Vendor in a heatwave! The new fangled idea of Twisted Cinnamon and Brown Sugar mixed with the sweetness of Chocolate and Banana deliciousness was now replacing and forever changing the landscape of Baked Breakfast Indulgences Everywhere! Was I going to go with this New Fangled Wave? I tried to fight it. I was NOT going to write anything down. If I didn't write it down, I wasn't going to do it!!
 ::::strategic long pause:::::
Yup, It got to me...My mind kept going back to it. How different can it be? It's just szushed up Monkey Bread. What's the big deal? Upon looking back I realize Oh, it was soooo a Very Big Deal!
Sweetened Condensed Milk, Bananas and Chocolate Chips wrapped in the center of a warm, fluffy, buttery Croissant! Then it all is enveloped in a sweet glaze of Brown Sugar, Cinnamon and a hint of crunch from the Walnuts! I couldn't stop myself...I HAD to MAKE IT!!!  But wait ! I didn't write down the recipe...

What have we learned about me? I don't look up the recipe on the website. I scurrily write it down while watching..Emphatically getting every detail..and replicating beautifully as if I were there learning from the Master herself! But, this time..I was so sure, that this was not something I wanted to make, that I had convinced myself that if I did, it was a "no-brainer"! Oh boy... I left my self wide open! Wide open for what ? You ask.
I didn't write it down. I was sure I would know what to do, but for some reason...I was sooo wrong. To this very moment, I don't think I know for sure what it was that I missed...but it was not a successful moment in my kitchen.
Here it is my friends: Gorilla Bread...gone awry.

I have to admit. My Hunny liked it. He loved it hot from the oven. I also must confess, I had a piece. It was GOOD!!! It looks like someone dumped mashed up chocolate chip cinnamon rolls on a plate. But, it tasted Fabulous!!! It's worth the try!

Here's the breakdown: Whole Croissants, Bananas, Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon and Brown Sugar...How bad can it be? Really? You could put all of those things anywhere and someone will eat them!

I'm sure you would like to try this ...But, Please, Please be sure to have the Recipe!!! 
The moral of this story... Sometimes we set out to make something in the kitchen,  WE know in our heads what it "should" look like. But friends, nobody but You can see that image.  When I cut my Hunny's piece and put it in front of him..He ate it up!  Think about that everytime you make something. Everytime you say "I'm no chef..but...." Everyone has failures...but sometimes the failure is a perception. This Gorilla Bread may not be a Food Buzz Top 9 Feature, but It was in the Top 9 at my house this week. That's all that really matters. Isn't it?
Have Fun in the kitchen...


  1. Great story! Darn Food Network will get you every time!

  2. Some of my tastiest results have been "fails" or sorts. I'll give this a shot, as we don't mind a tasty mess now and again!

  3. Yes, taste is the bottom line in anything you bake and sometimes we forget about that, worrying about presentation. The ingredients do sound delicious, wish I could have had some- Yum!

  4. So true Erin!
    Kevin, Thanks so much for the support! Hope it works out for ya!
    Tina I so agree! Had it not been so good, there would still be some to share :~)

  5. looks like a fun hot mess!! #fb

  6. All I can say, dear Laurie, is that you rock, I love you, and I soooooooooooo wish I could have a big piece of your Gorilla Bread before I jump in my jammies and go nite nite! :))

  7. Laurie,

    I just love your "I'm so human and down to earth" side! What a delightful post! All that matters is the taste. I agree with Kevin and Tina's comments. You're the best, Laurie!!

  8. Its easy to post wins in the kitchen so I applaud you for your "failed" attempt but if it tastes good and you make it your own who cares?!
    Good job!

  9. Thank you so much Michele, Jackie, Betty & Martha! You are so sweet! I just think that we need to be truthful with our readers. It's important for them to know that sometimes thins don't come out right the first time and just because I happen to right about my experiences I'm not any different. Thank you so much for your support! It means the world to me!

  10. Hey Laura & Elizabeth, It sure was..and a Tasty Hot mess it was!!! :)

  11. There's nothing better than a Tasty Hot Mess!! I love those creations! :))

    Congrats on Top 9!!

  12. This. looks. so. good.

  13. Sometimes mistakes can be a very, very tasty. Thank goodness for husbands who do not care what tasty treats look like. I love monkey bread and now you have me intrigued with gorilla bread. Going to look up the recipe now.

  14. i don't really watch cooking channels but I had my failures so many times I lost count. I'm glad although it didn't turn out as pretty as you wished, it still was good enough to be in top 9 today, congrats!!

  15. Thank you all for such wonderful comments!! And how bout that Foodbuzz!! LOL, What a great sense of humor!!! Thanks again!!