The first time I ever heard of monkey bread was from one of our tenants. We had rented out our condo to a couple with a young son. Their first year, I stopped by to drop off a Christmas present for them and commented on how good the place smelled. She told me she had baked some monkey bread earlier. I’d never heard of monkey bread and asked her what it was and she explained to me how she made it using refrigerated biscuit dough.
It sounded so simple and I knew I had biscuit dough in the fridge back at home so I decided to try making monkey bread the way I thought she had explained it to me. The kids loved it! So I made it for them that way every time.
It wasn’t until a few years later that I learned I had evidently remembered only the first half of what she told me! Hence the name “Halfway There Monkey Bread.” Apparently, you were supposed to coat the raw dough with cinnamon sugar, put it in a bundt pan, make a sort of sauce that you poured over it, and then bake it. Sheesh! My take-away from her explanation was totally off. Someday, I’ll post a recipe for “real” monkey bread here. For now, this recipe is so good and the kids still love it so much that I continue to make it for them this way. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.
HALFWAY THERE MONKEY BREAD
- 1 can (8 biscuits) refrigerated biscuit dough
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place butter in a rectangular baking pan and put it in the oven to melt the butter. Remove it when the butter is melted.
- Tear each biscuit into quarters and roll each quarter into a ball.
- Drop each ball in the melted butter and roll it around so it’s completely coated.
- Bake the buttered biscuit balls for 12-15 minutes.
- While biscuit balls are baking, place sugar and cinnamon in an extra-large plastic tub with a lid or in a gallon-size ziploc bag and shake to combine well.
- When biscuits balls are done, transfer them into the tub with the cinnamon-sugar.
- Close lid tightly and shake with all you’ve got till each ball is coated with cinnamon-sugar.
- Pour into a serving bowl and serve warm with a glass of cold milk. Yum!