Monkey Bread

Last weekend, we house sat for my mom while she was out of town. Primary duties: feed the dog, let the dog outside, and don’t burn the house down. My baby sister hung out with us for the weekend, and we had a great time!

When I came downstairs on Sunday morning, I caught baby sister busy at work on a pan of monkey bread. Delish! Here’s how she does it!

Naomi’s Monkey Bread

You’ll need:

  • 2 containers of biscuits (Pillsbury or the like)
  • Cinnamon sugar (1 cup sugar+2 Tbs. cinnamon)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

How to:

1. Preheat oven to 335 degrees. Pop open your biscuits, and cut each biscuit into quarters using a kitchen sheers or a knife. As you cut each one, toss it in the cinnamon sugar. Repeat until you’ve made it through both containers of biscuits.

2. Put sugar covered dough in bundt pan. On second thought, I don’t think there is a rule that states you MUST use a bundt pan. An 8×8 or a casserole dish would probably work just as well.

3. Over medium high heat, melt the butter and stir in the brown and white sugar until combined into a buttery, sugary paste.

4. Pour mixture evenly over biscuit dough.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow monkey bread to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Happy weekend breakfast!

 

Cinnamon Rolls

It’s my roommate’s birthday! Yay! Happy birthday, dear friend πŸ™‚ Perfect occasion for a batch of cinnamon rolls. Soo…here we go!

I used the recipe that Emily adapted from her mom for the dough and the filling. With a couple of additions:

1. Butter. This will feel sinful, but you’ll thank me. Just go with it. Once you get your dough mixed, risen, and rolled, melt half a stick of butter and spread it around.

It’s worth it. I promise. Calories are inconsequential. Don’t think. Just do.

2. Pecans. Spread a layer of pecans on top of the filling. They’re nuts. They’re good for you. These cinnamon rolls can be justified as health food because of them.

Roll it up the long way, slice up the roll (serrated knife works best), and lay them on a cookie sheet that’s been greased and sprinkled with sugar. Like I said: health food.

Cover and let the cut rolls rise for another 20 minutes, and then bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Frosting!

  • 4 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 stick of butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix with a hand mixer. And always lick the beaters.

After your cinnamon babies have cooled for 10 minutes, spread the frosting and serve.

Messy, gooey, sugary goodness.

Happy Sunday, friends! And…a very, very happy birthday to the best Mom a girl could ask for!

Donuts!

Is there a better way to spend a Saturday morning than schlepping around your kitchen making donuts? I would like to submit that there is not. Many thanks to Julia for putting the idea in my head πŸ™‚

I used this recipe from 101 Cookbooks.

Mix all the ingredients together. When the dough finishes rising, roll it out on a floured surface. I didn’t have round cookie cutters, so I had to improvise. I used a water glass for the outer ring and the case for a candy thermometer for the middle hole.

After they rise a second time, bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the bottoms start to turn golden brown. Let them cool for a couple of minutes, dip them in melted butter (5 Tbs) and toss in cinnamon sugar (1 cup sugar, 2 Tbs cinnamon).

It turns out that candy thermometer case wasn’t large enough; my donuts baked closed. Note for next time: larger inside hole.

They were still yummy! I approve. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

Consume with French press coffee. Not necessary, but highly recommended.

I wanna know: What recipes do I need to add to my list? Feel free to reference books or link to your blog!