Monday, May 30, 2011

Monkey Bread!!

Now that school is winding to a close and I have had a few extra mornings with my family this week, I have been thinking about fun breakfast foods we could make together.  This morning we decided to make some monkey bread. If you have never had the pleasure of enjoying monkey bread, then I am sorry.  It truly is a yummy treat, though not really appropriate for breakfast.  You'll is mostly sugar...yummy, yummy sugar!

It is also ridiculously easy.  No prep needs to be done the night before, so even if you don't have too much time before work, school, church or whatever, this can be made pretty easily without having to rearrange your schedule or get up super early.  You basically cut up the cans of biscuits, coat them in sugar and cinnamon, melt butter with brown sugar, pour it over the top and bake for 40 minutes.  See, easy!

Cut each biscuit in half

Then into quarters

Set aside for a moment

Put the sugar and cinnamon in a gallon ziploc bag

Add the biscuit quarters and shake until coated.  
Perfect part for little hand to help with!!

Place in pans 

Pour the melted butter/brown sugar mixture over the biscuits and bake!

Monkey Bread (or pull-apart bread)
serves 6-8

3 cans of biscuits, the Pillsbury or generic ones
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 sticks of butter or margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. orange extract (use half this if making a split batch like I did)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Start by cutting each biscuit into quarters and setting aside.  Pour the sugar and cinnamon into a gallon ziploc bag and add the quartered biscuits.  Give it a good shake.  You may need to reach in a break up some of the big clumps of biscuits if they don't break apart on their own.  Once all the biscuits are coated in sugar and cinnamon, put them into a bundt pan or whichever kind of pan you want to use.  (I split my batch in half so I could make half of them orange flavored.)  On the stove or in the microwave, melt the butter and add the brown sugar to it.  If you are adding any special flavors add them to this mixture as well.  Pour the butter/brown sugar mixture over the biscuits in the pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the biscuits are done.


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