Friday, April 9, 2010

Betty Crocker, I am not!

I was recently given a recipe to make Monkey Bread. Monkey Bread is delicious goodness of bread, sugar, butter and cinnamon. It is a very easy recipe and knowing that I’m not one to take on any Julia Child’s cookbooks, I thought I’d try it. An easy recipe for the average folk still means some stumbling blocks for me. I’m not being hard on myself. I know I’ve come a long way since my days of cereal dinners or tuna out of a can. But I still have my easier-said-than-done moments in the kitchen. Read on, I will prove my point.
Monkey Bread
4 cans refrigerated biscuits





2 c. white sugar
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1 ½ stick butter (3/4 cup)
1 c. brown sugar
Pam
Walnuts (optional)

Cut biscuits into quarters. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a gallon sized plastic bag. Place six to eight biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Shake well. Pile in well greased bundt pan. Continue layering until all the biscuit pieces are coated and in the pan. If you are using walnuts, place them among the biscuit pieces as you are layering. Melt butter and sugar over medium heat. Pour over biscuits. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool just a few minutes, turn pan upside down to remove monkey bread.
Let me break it down for you.
Cut biscuits into quarters.

Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a gallon sized plastic bag.

Place six to eight biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Shake well.
See the picture? There are more than six to eight pieces, right? Ok, this is where things started going wrong. I tried to take a short cut and throw ALL the biscuit pieces in at the same time. It doesn’t work. Not all of the pieces get coated (who knew?). So I had to get another gallon sized bag where I mixed more white sugar and cinnamon and followed the directions.
Pile in well greased bundt pan. Continue layering until all the biscuit pieces are coated and in the pan. I decided to do only half in walnut because I wasn’t sure if the Sun Kissed Boys would like them. I was glad because it turns out, I don’t care much for them either.

Melt butter and sugar over medium heat.

Sun Kissed Boy #2 was my little helper.

Pour over biscuits.
Looks good, right? Well, here’s a minor detail that escaped me. This is what my bundt pan looks like. Why do they even make them like this??!!!
I placed a cookie sheet under the bundt pan to catch the liquid that would leak.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Allow to cool just a few minutes, turn pan upside down to remove monkey bread.
Notice there is no picture of the monkey bread out of the pan. That is because I was just ashamed of what came out! I didn’t “Allow to cool just a few minutes…” so, of course, it fell apart. Which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the inside wasn’t cooked!! But I was determined! I dumped it in a glass 9x13 pan (which I forgot to grease) and stuck it back in the oven until it was this nice golden brown.
Um, delicioso!!

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April said...

This is a Christmas morning tradition for us. It just doesn't get much better! Makes the house smell fantastic too!

Katie P said...

Wow this looks delicious!!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I love monkey bread! I had a similar problem with my pan too. I didn't put a cookie sheet under mine and it got ALL OVER the bottom of my oven! I haven't tried monkey bread again:)