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Classic Monkey Bread

For a few years I made monkey bread muffins for Christmas morning, and for some reason I got out of that habit. Then we had kids and I thought I'd get back in to it, but I didn't until recently. But I recently made classic loaf Monkey Bread and realized that it's just better than muffins. It's not like a loaf is any less "complicated" to make, or really tastes different, but there is something easier about it. And I haven't had a single loaf bubble over and cause a mess in my oven!

I'm so happy to have brought this back in to our lives. Not that it takes long to put together or bake, but this is the perfect lazy weekend (or Christmas morning) breakfast. I have even started the process in advance before, by cutting the biscuits and measuring the sugar and cinnamon in a bag the night before. After all, the biscuit cutting is the most time consuming part. Wake, assemble, and voila!

Do you have a big crowd to feed, or kids that devour sweets? Simply double the recipes and bake in a tube pan.

Classic Monkey Bread
Ingredients:
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers biscuits (8 biscuits)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter

For optional glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk, more to thin out if necessary
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions:
Heat oven to 350*F. Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a gallon sized plastic bag, or large bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.

Cut each biscuit into quarters. Shake in bag or toss in bowl, coating each biscuit piece thoroughly. Arrange in pan.

In a small bowl mix brown sugar in melted butter until sugar is dissolved. Pour over biscuits.

Bake 25-30 minutes until brown and slightly crispy on top, and no longer doughy in center. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Turn upside down onto serving plate and allow to slide out. Pull apart and serve warm. Drizzle with glaze if desired.

Glaze:
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl, adding more sugar or milk until desired consistency is achieved.

Source: Adapted from Pillsbury

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