Yes, that’s right, today’s featured recipe is Monkey Brains. This delicious sweet bread, has many other names as well. Probably the most known is Monkey Bread. Other names it goes by is bubbleloaf, sticky bread, coffee cake, but my favorite name for this is Monkey Brains. Not to gross you out, but the name reminds me of the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when Indiana and the lounge singer are dinner guests somewhere in India and they are served chilled monkey brains as a dessert. I guarantee you this is much better.
I first had this bread many many years ago, and I tried it from my friend Christina, who also introduced me to Sex in a Pan. Now if you wonder why this may be called monkey brains or monkey bread, well the only explanation I’ve got is that the actual act of people pulling at this bread is similar to monkey behavior. Not that this is bad in any way, that is the intent on how to eat this, you shouldn’t eat it any other way. It’s fun to pull at this bread and enjoy the sticky and sweet bread. It’ll make you feel like a child again. Trust me.
This bread is so simple to make, you could really it get it ready in 10 minutes, and when it’s done, well you better gather some friends around you and enjoy some monkey brains.
What makes this bread simple to make is that I instead of making my own dough, I used Pillsbury biscuits. You’ll need 3 cans of them, there are 10 biscuits in a can. Cut each biscuit in quarters.
When you’re done, you’ll have a big mound of small pieces of biscuits.
In a big ziploc bag, add a cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and mix it well. The next part is fun. Add the biscuit pieces to the bag. Now you can add all of them together but if you’re afraid they are going to stick add a few at a time. I, however, was brave and added them all. Close the ziploc bag and shake, and shake, well you’ll be shaking a lot. You have to shake until each piece is fully coated in the cinnamon sugar.
They already look good enough to eat. Don’t just yet. Put the cinnamon sugar coated pieces of biscuits in a bundt pan. Don’t worry about buttering the bundt pan, we’ll add plenty of butter soon.
In a sauce pan melt the butter and add the brown sugar to it. Once the butter is melted and the sugar fully dissolved, pour it over the monkey brains.
Yes, I know, that’s a lot of butter. I never said this was healthy, I said it was FUN! See no need to butter the pan. The hard part is over. Bake this in a preheated oven at 350 F degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the top is dark brown.
I lied, now comes the hard part! You have to wait a few minutes for this to cool before turning it over onto a plate. I couldn’t wait. But don’t do as I do and do as I say.