Monkey Bread and Cinnamon Rolls
The recipe is very simple. You need:
4 cans refrigerator biscuits
(Pillsbury or store-brand, doesn't matter)
1 cup sugar plus 2 Tbsps cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1 cube butter, melted (not margarine or butter substitute)
Put the sugar & cinnamon in a large ziplock bag
Open the canned biscuits, cut into fourths
Drop the dough pieces a few at a time in the ziplock bag
Shake to coat, then put them in pre-sprayed baking pan
When all the dough pieces are in the pan,
Combine the brown sugar & melted butter
Pour evenly over the top of the dough
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then cover top with foil and back an additional 10-15 minutes
To serve, place an appropriate sized/shaped platter over the baking pan and invert. Can be served warm or cold and makes a good breakfast bread.
I have been making cinnamon rolls for several family members and friends at Christmas for almost 20 years. I usually half the dough and make two 8-inch pans (approximately 12 rolls in each pan) from one recipe of dough. I also make a Monkey Bread or two, usually at my daughter's request and usually using my fluted bundt pan for the Monkey Bread. While I was thinking about Monkey Bread the other day, it occurred to me that I could stack the rolls on their sides in a bundt pan and I would have pull apart cinnamon rolls! A cinnamon roll ring! When it was done baking, it would fit on a normal 8-inch dinner plate or round serving platter and it would be easy to use a fork to pull one (or two) rolls off at a time. Ahh, decadence and convenience all in one pan!
This is what the rolls looked like after 45 minutes raising time in my Excalibur dehydrator...
I was able to bake them together in the same oven, but since the rolls in the pyrex were already so close to the top of the dish, I had a lot of bubble-over during the baking process. A waste of buttery goodness and a mess in the oven! Using the 1-pound loaf pan next time should eliminate that problem. This is what they looked like after baking. We haven't sampled them yet, but I've been making these rolls for so many years, I can tell by looking if a batch came out good. These will be good!
This batch went to my office with me the following week and when the email came around two weeks after that announcing an upcoming Breakfast Staff Meeting I was asked by several co-workers if I was planning to bring another batch to the meeting. I guess they were a hit! I'm happy because it's so much faster and easier to bake them this way and I think the end product is pretty.
Yes, pretty matters at least to me ...if I can't make it pretty, I won't want to make it. If I don't make it, nobody gets to eat it. So pretty matters. Yeoldfurt was a quick study on that one. Ha!