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I had a random craving for monkey bread today. The last time I tried to make this in our old apartment it turned out horribly. It was this huge lump of dry, burnt bread. Shockingly, my first attempt at monkey bread using my parents fantabulous new oven was a smash hit and produced a pile of cinnamon-y goodness.

monkey bread - before

It’s a pretty easy thing to whip up in about an hour (half an hour of prep time and half an hour of bake time). Here you go:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3 12oz cans of ready to bake biscuits
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts or pecans (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease up a bundt pan.
  2. In a small saucepan melt the butter and brown sugar. Add the milk and vanilla and let boil for 1 minute. Will smell yummy and delicious already.
  3. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a ziploc bag or bowl. I prefer a bowl.
  4. Pop open the biscuits and cut into fourths (sixths if you get the jumbo kind). Hint: to open the darn package, unwrap the label and pop it against the counter.
  5. Smother each of the biscuit pieces in the cinnamon sugar mixture and start lining the bundt pan. Don’t pack them in too tightly or else the glaze won’t be able to make it through all the pieces. Keep the bigger (harder to cook pieces) towards the outside and the smaller (easier to cook) pieces in the middle.
  6. When the bundt pan is half full of biscuits, spoon half of the brown sugar syrup over it.
  7. Finish up with the rest of the biscuits and then end with the brown sugar syrup.
  8. Into the oven it goes for 35 minutes.
  9. When it’s all done, let it cool for 15 minutes and flip it over onto a plate. It should still be warm enough for the glaze to run over the sides.

monkey bread - after

Three little pieces of mine got stuck to the bundt pan. Do you see how I tried to stick it back on there at the top of the picture? 🙂 I’m getting a toothache just looking at it. One added bonus of baking monkey bread is the nice home-y smell that permeates while you’re baking.

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Written by joann

April 2, 2007 at 12:03 am

Posted in dessert, recipes

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