Monkey Bread

I was looking for something ‘fun’ to make for Thanksgiving morning breakfast. My first thought, “monkey bread’.  My husbands response, “What’s monkey bread?”

Where did I go wrong?

How long have we been together and I have never made Monkey Bread?

This travesty must be righted.

There are several different recipes for Monkey Bread. They all have the same basic set of ingredients so here is the one that I used. I am sure you could class it up and make the bread but come on it’s monkey bread.

You will need:

  • 4 Cans Refrigerated Biscuits (7.5 oz)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 – 3 Teaspoons Cinnamon  (Depends on how much you like cinnamon)
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Butter
  • Chopped Nuts (Optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Open the biscuits and cut them into fourths.
  3. Combine the cinnamon and granulated sugar into a gallon zip bag.
  4. Put all the biscuits in the bag and shake to evenly coat them all. If you are using nuts add them here.
  5. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Mix until dissolved.
  6. I used a springform pan but a bundt pan would also work. I also sprayed the pan. You might be tricked into thinking all the butter will do it but no.
  7. Put all the biscuits into the pan and pour over the melted butter/brown sugar mixture.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size and depth of the pan you are using. (Tip – put a cookie sheet under the pan you are using as it is likely to leak a little)
  9. Once done baking let cool for 10 minutes before trying to turn out the pan. It is easiest to put your serving plate on the bottom and turn it over slowly to ensure it releases.

Best served warm or reheated in the microwave for breakfast for the rest of the thanksgiving break.

End of Year Tradition

Another school year has come and gone. To a child, this is a momentous time of year. It heralds the coming summer, lazy days playing outside, endless swimming, melting ice cream. To most parents this is a chaotic time, end of year programs, teacher presents, and scheduling summer camps.

This week’s project is designed to inspire you to recapture the feeling of the impending summer joy.

Make a tradition to celebrate the end of school.

It can be chocolate chip pancakes, cinnamon rolls or sprinkles on your cereal. Do something that is your’s and repeat it year after year to remind yourself to stop and enjoy these small moments.

Growing up, the first and last day of school were marked by one thing. Blueberry muffins. They can only be one kind. They must be the same ones that my mother made for me twice a year, every year, even through college. They are one of my happiest memories. Simply the smell of them takes me back. To the feeling of impending freedom. The unlimited possibilities that only the last day of school can offer and to my mother and the love and devotion she showed me.

I decided that doing this project with my daughter was a great way to start the tradition. Again.

I love cooking projects with her and it gives me a chance stop and enjoy a moment.

Our finished product. Smiles all around.

As with all traditions there are some additions over time. Unlike my childhood we decided to end with a dance party! Here’s to adding that to our tradition.

Thanks for playing.