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Monday, May 7, 2012


This is the only photo I captured.
Because the bread literally disappeared in 30 seconds.
Ok, not real monkeys, but coming in at a close second...Monkey Bread!  So easy to make, so easy to please a crowd.  I made mine nice and plain because I don't like extras in desserts like raisins and nuts, but you can add a handful of either or both if you so please.  Or you can add bananas and make it even more monkey-ey.  I didn't add bananas because I also made Banana Pudding for the gathering at which the Monkey Bread was served.  Didn't want people to suffer from banana overload.  Especially since there was also banana-flavored Laffy Taffy in the pinata we attacked.

Here's what you'll need:

Half Batch
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Can (16oz) Pillsbury Grands-style Buttermilk Biscuits (Feel free to buy generic.  Sorry Pillsbury, I'm poor)
1/4 Cup Walnuts and 1/4 Cup Raisins (if you feel like it)
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.  Generously spray an 8x8" pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine white sugar and cinnamon in a large plastic bag.  Separate biscuits (you should have 8) and cut each into four pieces.  Add pieces to bag and shake until all biscuits are evenly coated in cinn/sug.  Lay pieces in a single layer in prepared pan.  (If you want nuts and raisins, this is where you add them.  Squish them in between the pieces of dough.)

3. Put butter and brown sugar in a bowl and microwave 30 seconds, or until almost melted.  Remove from microwave and stir until all butter is melted.  Pour mixture evenly over layer of sugary biscuit pieces.

4. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until center no longer appears doughy.  Let cool for 10 minutes.  Consume.

Full Batch
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Cans Biscuits
1/2 Cup Nuts and 1/2 Cup Raisins
1 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter

1. Follow the same directions as above, but you can use a fluted tube pan instead of an 8x8.  Whichever pan you use, you'll be making two layers instead of one of sugary biscuit pieces, and baking for 30 minutes instead of 20.

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