Feature Friday- How to make Monkey Bread!

I have to say that this was my first thought when my sister, Lynda told me that she wanted to do a tutorial on Monkey Bread.  I mean, where was she going to find the monkey?  But it turns out that Monkey Bread is simply a sweet yeast dough pieces baked in a cake pan at high heat after being individually covered in melted butter, cinnamon and sugar.      
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Traditionally, it is served hot so that the pieces of bread can be easily torn away with the fingers and eaten by hand.  Sounds messy, but delicious.  And totally unrelated to monkeys, but I will allow the discrepancy as it is a cute name.

So take it away, Lynda!

You know how you go to the grocery store thinking you are only going to buy milk and you end up in there for half an hour and 68 dollars later you have a buggy full of all those deals you couldn’t pass up?  Ok, yes, I needed to stock up on the chocolate covered turkish delight because let’s face it……they might stop carrying it……then what would I do?

So there I am in the baking aisle and I get this great idea that I’m going to make homemade bread for my family!  Yeah!!  I’m gonna be like those pioneer women of the past who ground their own wheat and made their own clothes!

Yeahhh……..Noooooooo,  it turns out I needed four hours to make it and it was already 9 pm at night.  I didn’t think it would be such a great idea to get my homemade bread into the oven and then fall asleep on the couch, so, dejected I pushed my bread flour and packets of yeast to the side and opted for the four cans of Pillsbury biscuit dough.  I was going to give Monkey Bread a try!

So, I go on to my trusty laptop computer and look on the internet for a good recipe.  Turns out Pillsbury has their own right on the can but I decided to use another that I found on allrecipes.com  it used more sugar and we can all use a little more sugar in our lives.  Now, on to the tutorial:

Here’s what you’re going to need:

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3 cans of Pillsbury biscuit dough (they come in a 4 pack)
1 cup of white sugar
1 stick of margarine
1 cup of packed brown sugar
2 tsps. of ground cinnamon
A bundt pan or large round deep cake pan
One large ziplock bag
Note:  do NOT use the angel food pans that come in two pieces because the hot sugar syrup will leak through the pans onto  your oven and your hands.
I used a deep round cake pan because come to find out…..I don’t own a bundt pan……..or at least I can’t find it anyway. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray your pan with cooking spray, or butter and flour it.  

Open up a can of biscuit dough and spread them out on a cutting board.  Cut each piece into quarters. Put the one cup of white sugar and the two tsp. of cinnamon into the ziplock bag and shake it up to mix it.

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 Add the dough pieces, six at a time, to the cinnamon sugar mix and coat well.
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My husband showed up in the kitchen and decided to speed things up by helping me cut the dough.  I think  he just wants it to get done quicker so he can eat it but who am I to turn down free help?
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Lay them out in the pan with sides touching until you get the entire bottom of the pan full.  Now keep coating the dough and layering it on top of the first layer.  Sit this aside for now.
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Get out a small saucepan and melt  your stick of margarine Make sure you stir it constantly so it doesn’t burn.  Nothing smells worse than burned butter. 

Add the packed brown sugar and mix with a wisk or spoon constantly until bubbling.  Once bubbling you want to cook it for one minute while stirring constantly and rapidly.  This is the tricky part because you don’t want it to burn or cook too long and become unpourable.  

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Pour quickly over the layered biscuit dough making sure to spread it out and cover all of the dough.
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Now pop it into the oven on the center rack and set it for 35 minutes.  
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Once it’s done.  Take it out of the oven and let it sit in the pan for 10 more minutes.  You’re probably going to need to stand guard over it or else they are going to be sticking forks into it trying to eat.  I don’t know why but it seems like a man can eat a piece of cake straight out of the oven and not burn his mouth.

Place a plate over the top of the pan and turn it over.  There’s your yummy monkey bread!

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You won’t need to cut it,  it just pulls apart.  You better go ahead and get some for yourself right now because once your family sees it (and smells it) it’s not going to last very long.
Note:  you can also add nuts and raisins if you like.  Just sprinkle them on the layers before you pour on the hot sugar mixture.
Lynda- thanks so much for the wonderful, mouthwatering tutorial!  And now that I know that I don’t need monkeys for this, I will cancel my order from Amazon.  ha!

For more recipes by Lynda, check out:

Canning Pickled Beets
Homemade Blackberry Jam

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