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July 20, 2019

"Easy Monkey Bread with Brown Sugar Sauce" by Theresa L Begin

Made With Store Bought biscuits!

Good morning, friends. It's a nice, chilly morning and what better thing is there to do on a chilly day than bake something yummy to share?! 

I recently shared a picture of what I was baking the other morning on my Facebook and Instagram pages, just because I love it when something I enjoy so much turns out so pretty and yet tastes so yummy. I have to say I was surprised at the response. I guess this recipe isn't a given for a lot of people.
It isn't much work for me, really. My family has made some version of this over the past 50 years, to my knowledge. I have, just recently, realized that everyone makes it a tad different. Not that my way is the only way, but there is one specific way I enjoy making it at my house, that I guess, is a little unique. It couldn't be better for these cold winter mornings.
You may have been doing it this way for years! You just never know.
Honestly, until I started receiving requests for my recipes, I didn't really think that many of them really required much thought. But, then, what’s easy for me may seem like brain surgery to others and vice versa. We all have our special gifts that God has blessed us with. Thankfully, they are all very different.  He was smart in His design, wasn't He? 

I'm certainly happy to have many more "gifted" money managing people around me, as that is not my skill set. But, that’s another story.

Okay, I'll get right to it. Nothing too fancy here. These are made with Pillsbury Grands Biscuits. You could use any store-bought, premade Biscuits, these just happen to be on sale a lot in my area. Just so there's no confusion, I use these. There are eight biscuits in each package. I use two.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

From here, I just separate the two rolls of biscuits into 16 and proceed to cut them into quarters. So I end up with 64 biscuit pieces. Now we're ready to add some goodness.
Before we go on, different people make these in all kinds of different bakeware, and most kinds will work, but you do want to make sure you aren't going to end up with raw dough in the center. For that reason, I choose to use my Angel Food cake pan (lightly buttered), much like this one, I find it gives a pretty even bake.

Combine 1 cup of sugar with a tablespoon of cinnamon. You can combine this in a large Ziploc bag or in a nice Tupperware bowl with a well-fitting lid. I usually do the second method. Take approximately 8-10 pieces of biscuit dough at a time and give it a real good shake in the cinnamon sugar.

Repeat until you have about half of your dough completed, placing them inside the pan to create a first layer. (It helps to have the dough in a warm spot, like on top of your stove, while you're preheating your oven).  It just adds a nice little rise.

This next step is completely optional; however, I can't possibly imagine leaving it out. Sprinkle about ⅔ to ¾ of a cup of nice, roughly chopped walnuts and approximately ½ cup of raisins. Just scatter them throughout for extra yumminess.

Finish rolling the rest of your dough in the cinnamon sugar, continue piling it in on top of the nuts and raisins and set it aside, in a cozy warm corner of your kitchen.

In a saucepan, melt 1 cube of butter or ½ cup; add to the melted butter ¾ cup to 1 cup of brown sugar. Cook this on a fairly high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Carefully, spoon the hot brown sugar sauce over your cinnamon sugar dough. You want to make sure to get it in and around all the pieces, so take your time while spooning it on top.

Pop it in the oven for 25-35 minutes, checking regularly after the first 20 minutes,! You will end up with these quick and easy, but absolutely delicious, breakfast treat to eat or share with your loved ones.
I warn you, this rarely makes it through a day at my house. If you do have any leftover, simply pop it in the microwave for 12-15 seconds and it's almost as good as it was when you pulled it out of the oven!

As soon as you can, don’t wait more than 3 minutes, carefully grab your pan and invert it onto a plate.  Then you can enjoy seeing the brown sugar sauce drip from the bottom (now top) all the way down the sides of this yummy breakfast treat.
I know this falls under the guise of a breakfast meal, but it is truly scrumptious any time of the day! I hope you enjoy this as much as my family, friends and I do.
Many blessings to you all,

Theresa Begin lives in Northern California, where she was born and raised. She is a Christian who loves her family and says, “I have been blessed with the world’s best parents!” She has three sisters and one brother, as well as 16 beautiful nieces and nephews who “mean the world to me!” She is “differently-abled,” and chooses not to allow her limitations to define her life. She loves to write and share her various projects on her blog, “Shoestring Elegance,” which came about as she discovered that living on a tight budget did not mean compromising on style. “ Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 NLT