Monkey Brains

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. :)

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Monkey Brains
 
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Serves: Lots of Monkey Brains
Ingredients
  • 3 cans Pillsbury biscuits (10 in each can)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter (1/2 lb)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut each biscuit into quarters.
  3. In a big ziploc bag, add a cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and mix it well. 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. Close the ziploc bag and shake until each piece is fully coated in the cinnamon sugar.
  4. Put the cinnamon sugar coated pieces of biscuits in a bundt pan.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake this for about 45 minutes, or until the top is dark brown.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. shoop exhale says

    Hi! Made this again and again whenever guests come to visit us and as usual they all like it. Once again, thanks for posting this recipe. GOD BLESS!

  2. shoop exhale says

    I’ll use your blueberry chocolate roll dough since pillsbury biscuit dough is difficult to find here in Saudi Arabia. It looks so yummy that I can’t wait to try it today. I’ll keep in touch and thanks for posting this recipe. Oooh, by the way, I forget to say “Hi!”. Sorry for that, I guess this is the result of too much excitement, I tend to forget about manners. Thanks again for this recipe

    • shoop exhale says

      Yummy, yummy,yummy! Made three batches, mind you, three not one, and still the boys are asking for more, the children invited their friends today, and were all gone in a matter of minutes. I’m happy because they loved it but I’m also sad because I didn’t even have the chance to taste it. I’ll make it again tomorrow, that’s for sure. Thank you so much for posting this recipe and GODSPEED!!!OOOPSSS, forget to say “Hi” again!

      • says

        Lol, that’s too bad you didn’t get to taste them, make sure you do if you make them again, you’ll love them. :) Sounds like you’re having lots of fun. :)

  3. Lesa says

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!! I grew up with my mother making this and it being a special treat for our family. We NEVER had any left over, as we always finished off the entire loaf. I have it baking in the oven right now, and I’m so excited to know I can still carry on this tradition. Again, thank you so much!

  4. larry candelaria says

    looks great what do yuo put in middle of cake what would you suggest something oooey and gorey what do you think

    • says

      Lol, are you trying to turn this into a Halloween treat? I suppose you could put some sort of caramel dip or something, though the bread is sweet enough as it is.

  5. Mandy says

    HI Jo,

    If I want to make my own dough, which recipe from your site would you suggest that I use?

    Looks yum and want to try this (but so sinful….) ;-p

    Thank you.

  6. Dianne says

    Hi Jo;

    It turned out awesome, and enjoyed by Grandkids and all of us..Needless to say it has all disappeared !
    I also baked the Flower Dogs, and as with the Mokey Brains they also disappeared very quickly!
    Thank you again for sharing your recipes and will be trying more…and making these again for sure! I love your site!
    \PS The bread was awesome!
    DEE

  7. Dianne says

    If I use my own bread dough, woud I add the melted butter and brown sugar before they rise or just before I bake them? Thankyou
    I have them all in the Bundt pan rising and ready to go! YUM!!!!..Can,t wait to see how they turn out!

    • says

      Hi Dianne, You don’t really need to let it rise, even if you use your own bread dough, it will still rise a bit in the oven. Let me know how it turned out. Thanks.

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