monkey bread

04Mar08

I have no idea why they call it monkey bread.  What do monkeys have to do with biscuits and cinnamon and sugar?  It doesn’t make sense.  I’m sure there’s some reason for it, though.  Maybe you intrepid Internet monkeys can figure it out (see what I did there?).  If you’ve never had monkey bread, you’re probably living under a rock you might not recognize the concept immediately.  It’s basically little chunks of dough tumbled into a bundt pan with cinnamon and sugar and butter to make a gooey, sticky unit that you pull apart to eat.  Kind of like a commune for donut holes.

I found this recipe over on Dine and Dish when I wasn’t even looking for monkey bread.  I haven’t made it in years — actually, I only made it once, when Don begged me to, early in our relationship, and it came out terribly so I haven’t made it since.  Man, am I glad I gave it another try.  Don gave me a dubious look when I announced what I was making, and made a few scornful noises.  He even let it sit for a while after it came out of the oven without trying it.  But then, after one of his interminable Stargate episodes ended, he wandered into the kitchen and popped a chunk of it into his mouth.  When I came into the kitchen a few minutes later, a quarter of it was gone and he told me it was the second-best dessert I’d ever made (nothing tops Grandma Sylvia’s lemon bars, ever).

It’s not just dessert, either — for the last two days I’ve cut a big hunk of it off and popped it in a tupperware to take to work in the morning.  Microwaved for thirty seconds in the break room, it’s a fantastic breakfast, although I have to eat it with a fork so I don’t get the company-owned computer all sticky.

Monkey Bread

3 cans “homestyle” buttermilk biscuits
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine*
1 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a bundt pan or other tube pan.

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a large plastic freezer bag.  Cut each biscuit into fourths and drop into bag.  Shake thoroughly, making sure each biscuit chunk is coated in cinnamon sugar.   Layer into greased bundt pan (my interpretation of “layer”: dump carefully).

Meanwhile, heat margarine and brown sugar in a saucepan and boil for one minute.  Pour over biscuits in bundt pan.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes and let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan.  Burn your fingers trying to sneak a taste while it’s cooling.

*Sorry, Mom!  Avert your eyes.

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38 Responses to “monkey bread”

  1. This looks good. I’ve been meaning to try a yeasty version but not sure I am up to it yet…

  2. Yum! I love monkey bread. I haven’t had it in forever. I’ll have to try this way. It sounds so easy, but first I’ll have to get a bundt pan.

  3. OMG – now I know what you mean by food porn! Looks FAB! As soon (if) as our kitchen is finished this is the first thing I’m going to make! The first thing YOU are going to make in my new kitchen is Grandma Sylvia’s lemon bars. Miss you cuz…

  4. I’m glad someone else out there calls it monkey bread. Anytime I’ve mentioned the term, I just get what are you talking about looks. So good!

  5. Oh that photo makes me want to dive right in!
    I think they call it monkey bread because you are supposed to eat it with your hands, like monkeys 🙂

    Wonderful looking stuff… think I’ll have to make that for breakfast!

  6. Nice picture! Now, im just really hungry lol.

  7. 7 Gaurav

    Looks good…a must try . I’ve added it as a must see recipe for the week on my blog.

  8. 8 Kevin

    That looks so good. I am going to have to try making monkey bread.

  9. 9 Gini

    If you Google monkey bread tree and look at the fruit of the baobab tree you will see why it is called monkey bread. The little clusters of pulp packed in the pod resemble the yummy treat we call monkey bread!

  10. 10 MathMom10x

    This has been a family favorite for years. I too make it with refrigerator biscuits. The difference is I use only 2 packages of biscuits, a 9 x 13 pan, make only a single layer, and cook at 425 for 12 – 13 minutes. We get to eat it faster that way!

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