Saturday, August 16, 2008

Monkey Bread

Every year and on every birthday, my children request Monkey Bread.

They like it, I think, because they’re all part simian (on their father’s side ;) but also because it’s just darn good.

Is it healthy? Not at all. But as a once-every-blue-moon treat, though, this bread cannot be beat. Think of the food that you eat at the State Fair—elephant ears & cheese curds….a basket of chocolate chip cookies washed down with milk….

We’re talking a treat like those, you know.

So here we go.

The Ingredients

4 tubes of refrigerated biscuits (the 7 ½ oz. ones)
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. brown sugar
¾ C. butter (My recipe says “margarine” which made me wonder: does anyone really cook with margarine?)

The Directions

First you cut each biscuit into quarters.

Place them in a baggie (a few quarters at a time)with your cinnamon/sugar mix and shake shake shake.

The kids love to help with this part.

And you don’t have to be picky on the fractions. You can do thirds or fifths if you prefer.

Only do a few pieces at a time because otherwise you will end up with a great big clump of dough. You want your individual pieces to be well coated, like this:

Like my nails? They’re made in China.

Melt the brown sugar and butter in a pan but do not boil it! It will get all separated and gross. Pour it over your biscuits, which have been placed in a well-greased Bundt pan. (My recipe says you can also use an angel-food cake pan. I tried that once and the brown sugar leaked all over the oven. It’s your call; how brave are you?)

So anyway. Pour the brown sugar and butter over the biscuits, like so:

And bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

When you’re done it will look like this:

And this:

I told you. They like this stuff; they really like it.

PS. You will, too.

Bon appetit!


scmom (Barbara) said...

And a new look, too! Have a great weekend, friend.

Melissa said...

Oh, my goodness. That looks phenomenal! I'm thinking, First Day of School breakfast in another week or two! :)

Thanks for sharing!

Diane said...

Cheese curds?

Alice Gunther said...

I am in love.

Theresa and Margaret will need to figure out which one gets to make this bread asap!

Did I ever tell you that we made your Dad's bolognese sauce and LOVED it?

Adrienne said...

I should NOT be reading any of this on an empty stomach........

Alice Gunther said...

August 22, 2008

8:52 am

Monkey Bread (our first ever batch) is in the oven. It was prepared completely by Theresa and Marie. Theresa was the main chef with Marie as helper. Marie's main job was to continually run from the kitchen to the computer to review or check instructions while Theresa followed through in the kitchen. She also proved to be an excellent bag shaker.

Can't wait for that timer to beep. It smells WONDERFUL!

Erika said...

This looks too easy too! Wow! This is right up my alley! I enjoyed getting to talk to you the other day at the Bloggers Tea. Your suggestion from the 4Real Conference hits the spot too. I guess I feel like I keep waiting for someone to reach out to me when I need to take the initiative to reach out to other Moms (even those who aren't actually in our group).
Thank you for the yummy Russell Stover Mocha Ganache chocolate too. I ate it before I went to bed! I am going to have to search out this kind. . .
And lastly, but probably most importantly, I will pray for you and your 4. I am so sorry to know of your loss and I'm sure I came off as being OK but I still do miss all of the planned hopes, dreams, and "what could have been"'s. May God comfort you in your suffering and pain and bring you peace with which to heal. Enjoy this new year!

Sincerely, Erika

Anonymous said...

This is just what I was looking for! I've never made monkey bread before and I was really concerned about the technique for some reason. I totally love the step-by-step pictures. Thank you SO much!