Monkey Sauce

Monkey Bread - noun: "A sweet food made from baking pieces of biscuits after covering them with cinnamon/sugar mix and then baked in a bundt pan." - UrbanDictionary.com

I've been going to my grandmother's house to make monkey bread every Christmas since I was... what, 10 years-old?

Every December, a couple days before Christmas, I'd get to her house, stop by the garage to say hello to grandpa (who is always puttering about... as grandpas are wont to do.), and begin the process in her big kitchen.

Hours later, after a hotdog lunch and a couple of sneakpeeks into the oven, I returned home with a gorgeous plate of the stuff.

It's a seasonal thing. Always has been.

Until recently.

For Mother's Day this year, my mom asked for monkey bread.

For Father's Day, a similar request was made.

I complied. Both times.

So here is the not-so-super-secret family recipe. Enjoy!

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Step1

  • 2 cans Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits.

Find them. Buy them. Open them. Cut each biscuit into eighths. Set aside.

Step2

  • 3/4 cup melted butter.
  • 1 cup brown sugar (I prefer dark brown, but golden brown works just as well).

Mix butter and brown sugar together in a sauce pan.

Step3

...pretty self-explanatory. Do this.

Step4

My favorite part.

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put into a ziplock. Shake it around. Toss in the biscuit pieces and shake-shake-shake. Kitchen dancing may commence.

(Don't let it get too crowded in the ziplock. 10 is a party, 20 is a crowd.)

Step5
After spraying the heck out of a bundt pan with grease, drizzle some monkeysauce (brownsugarbutter mix) onto the bottom of the pan. Place the sugared biscuit pieces snugly next to and on top of each other. Drizzle. Place. Drizzle. Place. Until you have a nice little mountain of uncooked sugar bread.

Step6
30 minutes in the oven. The top will get golden and crusty and the edges will pull away from the pan.

MAGIC.

Step7

After scootching around the magicbread with a knife, place a platter upside down on top of the pan. Get your oven mitts to grab either side (plate and pan both). Hold your breath and flip.

Give it a nudge or two until it falls onto the pan.

Breathe.

StepEat

Leave clean up to someone who didn't spend the past hour making magic in the kitchen.

HappyMothersFathersDay!

P.S. Bonus thing:

_MG_0037

I screwed up on the monkeysauce the first time because I put butter and brownsugar in a saucepan and heated them up together. Mistake.

...and it turned into a droopy caramel sauce. Not a thick sugar spread like I was used to in grandma's kitchen.

But instead of throwing it away, we just dubbed it "monkeysauce" and put it on and in everything. Bacon, strawberries, coffee...

A very, very happy accident.

Enjoy!