Sunday, February 14, 2010

If you REALLY love someone....

It's Valentine's Day. A day that most people agree is a Hallmark holiday, and yet, people still "observe" it. There's something nice about being all mushy and lovey-dovey. But, if you REALLY love someone, consider making this recipe.

First, a small background. I don't remember exactly how or why I decided to make Monkey Bread at my office, but I did one day. And that day paved the path for the most requests I've ever seen for a recipe.

I've made it about four times within the past 6 months for my fellow workers. Here's the deal though....I only make it on a Friday before a long holiday weekend. In order to make it at the office, I have to come in early. No problem.

I wake up early and prepare the first steps at my place. I pack a bag with the first part and second part and go to work. I place the bag on this shelf, which belongs to this fridge, which belongs to this side kitchen, which is a part of this main kitchen. I know. It's pretty amazing. I'll wait a second.......

Done admiring and wishing your kitchen was like that? Ok. Moving on.

So, I go to the gym and work out. Then, at the end of my work out, I prepare step two, add to step one, and put the Monkey Bread in the oven. Yeah...that one. So, I go shower and get ready. Then I take the sugary goodness out of the oven and serve to my Monkey Bread fanatics in the office (aka coworkers.)

And that, my friends, is how to "make it work" in NYC. ("It" being Monkey Bread in the office.) Oh, and it is also how to create a loyal following for your baked goods. LOL

So, if you REALLY love someone, make this.

Monkey Bread (aka Pull Apart Rolls) (from Mom's Best Recipes cookbook)
2 cans of biscuits (I prefer the extra buttery and fluffy ones)
1 C sugar
2 t cinnamon
1/2 C+ chopped pecans (optional)
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 C brown sugar
1 t cinnamon

Generously grease tube pan with Crisco. In paper bag, put sugar and 2 t cinnamon. Using 1 can at a time, cut biscuits into quarters. Place in paper bag and shake to coat.
(Oh, I see I can't fool you. Yeah, that's not spinach. I actually prefer using a light plastic container because paper bags are messy. I know...I know...I'm opting out of a mess for this one.)
Place in tube pan, sprinkling nuts over each layer except last one.
(Second Part)
Boil together butter, brown sugar, and 1 t cinnamon. Pour mixture over biscuits. Bake 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before inverting. Let guests pull apart.
(You can stop licking the screen now.)

Bake well and prosper!


  1. I would happily choose your monkey bread over a man on Valentine's Day..make that ANY day!!

  2. You had me at "Monkey".

    Nice (read crazy cool) kitchen at work by the way.


  3. I want to work in your office! Actually, can I move in there? Nice kitchen, gym... don't mind the homeless musician in the corner... I can play for tips maybe?

    And I'm totally drooling over the monkey bread.

  4. LS - Well, the owner loves modern art so maybe we can put you in a corner after all as an instillation. :)

  5. I will close my eyes and dream that, that is my kitchen. i want the stove at least please. Just mamacita


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