Monday, April 13, 2009

The recipe for 'Monkey Brains'

Noelle mentioned that she had 'Monkey Brains' at our General Conference potluck.

(She also mentioned that we cleaned 'all morning' beforehand - really all we did was a final cleanup before 9 am, so how much 'work' could that be?)

For those of you who were horrified that I would set such a dish on my table to feed my family and friends, let me assure you that-

A. I didn't make them.
and

B. A Friend brought them
and lastly


C. The recipe she was talking about was 'Monkey Bread' which you may or may not be familiar with.


If not, here's the scoop on how to make these delicious pull-aparts, courtesy of momswhothink.com

Ingredients:
4 cans refrigerated biscuits
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
chopped nuts
(the last two ingredients are optional, it's great with or without them)


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & butter a 9-10 inch tube pan (or you can use a 9x13 baking pan, just adjust baking time and layering accordingly)
2. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Cut the biscuits into quarters and place six to eight biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix in a plastic bag. Shake well.
3. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the greased pan. Continue layering until all the biscuit pieces are coated and in the pan. If you are using raisins, place them among the biscuit pieces as you are layering.
4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the layered biscuits.
5. Bake for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Let cool, then pull apart and enjoy!

Icing:
Ingredients:

1/2 pound cream cheese
1/2 pound butter
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:
1.Allow cream cheese and butter to get to room temperature.
2. Beat butter and cream cheese together in a large bowl with a mixer.
3. Slowly add in the pound of powdered sugar.
4. After all the powdered sugar is added, mix for 12 minutes.
5. When almost done, add in the extract and lemon juice.
Enjoy them!

8 comments:

Mina said...

I LOVE monkey bread! My mom made it often when I was a kid. I liked it best with oranges. Pull-apart bread and pull-apart fruit. Perfect combo!

Kathy's Boys said...

This looks amazingly good!! I'm going to make it! I usually just buy it all ready and you just have to cook it! Thanks

Melissa said...

mmmmm, my stomach is growling just looking at it and thinking of hot warm cinnamonny bread.....

C Maisy said...

this family is a big fan of that.
yours looks soooo yummy!!!

Kate said...

That sounds to die for. I will have to try it. Hope your weekend was great.

LyndiLou said...

PHEW... I'm glad it's Monkey Bread instead of Monkey Brains. That's LOTS more appealing! :) Thanks for the recipe... looks yummy!

Amber M. said...

We just call these sticky rolls...it is one of the reasons I married my husband! He made them for my roommates and I at BYU and it was a done deal. He still makes them about 3 Saturdays a month for the kids.

R Max said...

Thank you for the recipe! I find my stepson will eat anything if monkeys are involved somehow and will eat NOTHING if monkeys are not in the picture. I can't tell you how enticing this will be for him!