Today my fourth born son turns nine. NINE?! When did that happen? I told him this morning that this is it; I will not tolerate anymore of this growing up.
He too wanted to make his own cake. By himself. With no help or interference. Luckily he picked Monkey Bread, which is as simple a recipe as there could possibly be. And in spite of what the name might suggest, is NOT made of monkeys.
My children have different theories on why it is called monkey bread. The dough in the finished product looks like monkey poop. It is easy enough for a monkey to make. You eat it with your hands like a monkey.
Your guess is as good as theirs and probably less gross.
Is your mouth watering? It should be.
You will need:
4 small cans of refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter (you could use margarine)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
You could also add raisins if you want, but why ruin this with the addition of something healthy.
Preheat oven to 350
Pop open those cans.
Remove the little dough discs from the can.
Quarter each disc. That means cut it into fourths.
Spray the inside of your bundt pan well. I missed a spot, probably because I was looking through my camera lens while spraying, and a section ended up sticking to the pan. Not that anyone else cared.
Put your white sugar and cinnamon into a ziploc bag.
Yes, the cinnamon too, I said.
Drop a handful of dough bits into the bag. Seal the bag up and shake to coat them. Having your hair look like you brushed it with the hand mixer is completely optional.
Put the pieces into the bundt pan.
While all that was going on and sugar was being shaken all willy nilly all over my kitchen. I put the stick of butter into a little pot. Put it on the stove and heat it over medium heat until it melts. Then dump the brown sugar in.
Let it simmer for one minute. Stir constantly.
I sprinkled some chopped walnuts into the bundt pan.
Then pour the butter/ brown sugar mix over the top.
Again, feel free to use a brush on your own hair. Apparently nine is going to be the year of the Bed Head.
Put into the 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then invert it onto a plate. Leave the pan covering it for another five minutes so that the monkey bread holds its shape.
Then dig in.
It won’t last long.