Monday, October 29, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Pull Bread

Okay, this one is not made with pepperoni, but with ham. I made this on a whim for a quick dinner along with a salad. I found the recipe in a magazine that I flipped through at the grocery store. With some great recipes in it, it quickly made it's way in the cart, along with the ingredients to make this. I am a shoe in for magazines. I hear them calling me when I walk through the doors of any grocery store or bookstore. Come quick and see my front cover, I know your just dying to flip my pages and smell my fresh of the press scent. I see the cover and I'm done. This bread was devoured quickly and requested again. My husband said it tasted better than anything he had along the Jersey Shore! Now that's a keeper. The first one I did make with pepperoni. It reminds me of pepperoni bread or sausage bread without the work of rolling out pizza dough. It only takes a few ingredients and one of them being refrigerated bread sticks! After it cooled for a few minutes, it slid right out easily and I placed it on a cutting board for all to pull apart. Similar to Monkey bread, you just pull of chunks of soft pillows of bread with gooey pockets of cheese & ham. I know that I could eat this entire loaf by myself.,This makes a great after school snack, movie snack, appetizer or make two with a salad for a light dinner. If you own a bread pan and can cut & mix, your half way there. With only about 25 minutes baking time, it doesn't get easier than that. You can mix it up with cooked sausage, mushrooms & onions or just about any topping you like on your pizza.  I'm planning on making a loaf for Halloween and thinking about Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve as well. I'd better stock up on bread sticks!!!

Just a few more days to my giveaway announcement. Are you blogging in? 

It's hard to believe that we are at the end of October. Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything  and a season for every activity under heaven. A season of Thanksgiving is quickly approaching us. I  encouraging you to find something each week to be thankful for and to spend a few minutes thinking over your year so far. Jot them down on a piece of paper all that comes to mind and on Thanksgiving Day you will be amazed of the blessings! It might be the little things that bring you the biggest blessings. I already have many on my list and one is friends. I am so thankful for some very close friends that make me laugh, who call & text me, encourage me, support me and stretch me to go beyond what I think I am capable of. Whenever we part there's a feeling of Wow our time together was wonderful and we are so looking forward to the next minute to share. God has truly blessed me with some great girlfriends. What's first on your list?

Pepperoni Pizza Pull Bread-
Comfort Food Magazine 2012


1/2 cup pepperoni, chopped, or ham diced, or cooked sausage, etc.
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 11oz package (12) refrigerated bread sticks
1 cup pizza sauce, warmed


Grease a 9x5x3" loaf pan, set aside. In a medium bow, combine pepperoni or choice of filling, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, set aside.

Open bread sticks and cut 4 (four ) of them into 1" chunks and place in the bottom of greased loaf pan. Top with one-third of the cheese mixture. Take another 4 (four) bread sticks and cut into 1" chunks and place on top of the cheese mixture. Layer another one-third of the cheese mixture. Now do the same with the last bread sticks and cheese mixture.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 5 minutes and remove. Serve with warm pizza sauce.

Like magic it will disappear in a matter of minutes.

Eat & Love Well,
Sonya xo

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Chocolate Cake Pan Cake

Do you have a "go to" cake in your recipe collection? The one that's easy, quick and always gets rave reviews! Kinda like having that little black dress that you can wear for any occasion, those great black pumps that pair so well the dress, the slacks or those jeans. I was searching out some pizza crust recipes over at www.kingarthurflour.com, and came upon this little number. I have a few standby chocolate cake recipes and there is always room for another. My Mom has a great chocolate cake with a cream filling and a decadent chocolate frosting. I have another from my Aunt that calls for coffee, makes a very moist cake, a chocolate snack cake and yet another that I love from Barefoot Contessa. I made this one for my Nephew's birthday. You mix, bake and serve this cake all in the same pan. Makes a great dessert to take along just about anywhere. I think it would also make a nice gift for someone. Like my chocolate snack cake, this also calls for no eggs. A bonus for someone who is allergic to eggs. I doubled the recipe and just sprinkled it with confectioner's sugar. A scoop of ice cream to top it off and it was delicious, moist, chocolatey and incredibly easy to make. A huge hit with everyone at our table and request to make again. Which, of course I will, but there is still another chocolate cake or two to make.... You know, like adding another "little black dress", or another pair of "'black pumps," one is just not enough!

Although we may have many "little black dresses" or "chocolate cakes" in our lives, scripture makes it very clear that there is only way for salvation. John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Only a few short weeks before my give away announcement. I am getting very excited to share with you. Stay tuned.

Cake Pan Cake
King Arthur Flour


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1'2 teaspoon espresso powder, (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon Vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cups cold water or coffee, or milk or 3/4 cup water & 1/4 cup rum


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

Measure all dry ingredients into an 8" or 9" round or square cake pan. If you are using an 8" pan, make sure that it's at least 2" deep. Blend the ingredients together thoroughly with a fork or whisk.
Make three indentations in the mix.

Pour the vanilla into one hole, the vinegar into another and the oil in the last hole.

Take the cup of cold liquid of your choice and pour it directly over everything in the pan. Stir all
ingredients together until they are well blended and smooth.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. I let the cakes cool completely then dusted with confectioners' sugar. You can also frost with your favorite homemade frosting or store bought! Serve with ice cream of course.

Eat & Love Well, xo