Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cinnamon Butterscotch Monkey Bread

It's kinda funny how you can say that you're having a bad day and everyone instantly understands. Just say "I'm having a bad day" and people say "ooooh, no, I'm sorry, would you prefer ice cream, or a foot rub?"

I always vote for ice cream.

Thinking about it... Everyone filters the "I had a bad day" through their own experiences. Could be you got fired, could be your dog died, could be that your car got smashed by a hit-and-run driver while you were in the grocery store and now you have 2 gallons of ice cream slowly melting while you call for a tow truck. But you don't even have to explain; everyone knows what a bad day feels like.

What this is... is "bad day" food.  Yes, I know, I know, we're not supposed to eat our feelings. Whatever. We're grown ups, we can do whatever we want. And what we want is cinnamon butterscotch monkey bread. It'll make your bad day so much better.
I eat my feelings and they taste delicious!


3 tins of refrigerated biscuits (preferably buttermilk) (I used Pillsbury Grands Southern Style)
1 cup of white sugar
scant 1/4 cup of cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 sticks of butter
3/4 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of rum extract
2 tablespoons of vanilla
1½ cups of walnuts, chopped rather small

1) Preheat the oven to 350º.
2) Open the cold biscuit tins, lay out each biscuit on a large cutting board, and cut them into fourths with a very sharp knife.
3) Put all the biscuit pieces into a sealable zip-top freezer bag. Pour the white sugar, cinnamon, and salt on top.
4) Seal the bag & shake 'er up until the biskies are covered in cinnamon & sugar. Put the bag o' biskies aside.
5) In a small saucepan on the stove, melt the butter. It does not have to be completely melted, mostly melted is ok.
6) Stir in the brown sugar, rum extract, & vanilla, and continue stirring until the butter is completely melted and everything is pretty well mixed. Note that the sugar will sit at the bottom & refuse to play well with others, and this is ok.
7) Pop open the biscuit pieces, and pile them all into a bundt pan, scattering walnut pieces here & there as you lay the dough in.
8) Now pour the sugar sauce over the biscuit pieces.
9) Put the bundt pan on top of a cookie sheet to catch drips, and bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes, until the top is pretty firm to the touch and the whole mass isn't very wiggly or soft.  If it feels like raw bread dough, then it probably is raw bread dough.
10) Let the pan rest on a cooling rack for about 10 to 15 minutes, then turn the whole thing out onto a large plate. Dig in!
Note the battered & disheveled "drippings" cookie sheet.

So there you have it. This is actually one of the easiest desserts/breakfasts you will ever make, but it tastes so good.  You can also make these in cute little individual casserole dishes. Surprise! Sunday breakfast!

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