Mommy's Kitchen - Home Cooking & Family Friendly Recipes: Quick & Easy Monkey Bread + {More Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas}

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Quick & Easy Monkey Bread + {More Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas}

Today I am sharing a easy one with y'all. Quick and Easy Monkey Bread. The reason is it so quick is because it utilizes canned buttermilk biscuits.

Don't get me wrong my favorite by far is the full homemade version of monkey bread with homemade yeast rolls, but sometimes time just isn't on my side.

When that happens I rely on this quick and easy version. For those of you not familiar with monkey bread it's a sweet, gooey, cinnamon infused pull- apart bread.

Pure goodness if you ask me. My kids love this bread because they can eat it just like monkeys...... pulling it apart with their fingers.

Also for a different taste add some pecans, raisins, chocolate chips or apples to give your monkey bread a whole new different flare. I like to add pecans and raisins every once in a while, but for the most part I just stick to the basic recipe.

If I make Monkey Bread on Christmas morning I almost always make the homemade version with frozen yeast rolls. If you're in a pinch for time this would work just as well.

Easy Monkey Bread

4 - cans refrigerated biscuits (7.5 oz each)

1 - cup packed brown sugar
1 - stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 - cup granulated sugar
2- tablespoons cinnamon
one recipe icing

Powdered Sugar Glaze:
2- tablespoon butter, melted
2- cup powdered sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla
3 - 4  tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-10 inch tube or bundt pan. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a large zip lock bag. Cut the biscuits in half and then cut each one in half again making quarters.

Place eight to ten biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mixture and shake well making sure all pieces are covered. Arrange bicuits pieces in the bottom of the greased pan.Continue layering until all the biscuit pieces are coated and in the pan.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the layered biscuits making sure to cover all the biscuits with the boiled mixture. Bake for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 5 - 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate.

Drizzle with glaze and enjoy. To make the glaze add the melted butter to medium size bowl. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. (Start with 3 tablespoons adding more only if needed. Use a wire whisk to mix the ingredients together. You want a pourable consistency. Drizzle over cool cake.

Also since were on the topic of holiday breakfast ideas. I thought it would be a good idea to post other recipes that would be perfect for Christmas morning.  A few of the dishes are prepared the night before which is always a plus.

Adapted from Pillsbury 
Serves: 8

 More Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas

 Overnight French Toast Casserole: (Overnight Recipe)
This overnight casserole is always a hit. As well as being the #2 viewed recipe on my blog.  It's prepared and assembled the night before and baked in the morning.

Grandma Mack's Breakfast Casserole:
Time Saver Tip: Sausage can be cooked ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for easy assembly.

Weekend Company Breakfast Casserole:  (Overnight recipe)
If you don't like smoked sausage you can always substitute with ham or even breakfast sausage.


Egg Nog Coffee Cake:  (Overnight Recipe)
Soft cake like texture with the addition of Egg Nog in the cake as well as in the glaze. This coffee cake is assembled the night before and baked in the morning.

Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls
Dough and cinnamon rolls assembly can be prepared in advance.

Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pancakes
These are the absolute best pancakes I have ever had. Light, fluffy and delicious.

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls - (Overnight Recipe)
Dough can be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator.

Toasted Pecan Waffles:
Copy Kat Waffle House Pecan Waffles

Overnight Yeast Waffles: (Overnight Recipe)
Make the batter the night before for easy breakfast preparation Christmas morning.

Southern Sausage Gravy and Biscuits:
Classic Southern Biscuits with homemade sausage gravy. 

My Favorite Breakfast Quiche: This quiche has sausage and bacon added.
Time Saver Tip
: Cook the sausage and the bacon the night before. Store in the refrigerator for quick assembly the next morning.

Velveeta Cheesy Breakfast Bake - (Overnight recipe) 

Baked Sausage & Cheese Grits:
Pairs nicely with any of the overnight breakfast casseroles.

Brown Sugar Bacon aka Pig Candy:
This pairs perfectly with pancakes or french toast or eat it alone, because I won't tell.

Time saver tip: Prepare the filling mixture the night before then assemble the crescents in the morning.

King Hawaiian Bread French Toast:
Lay the bread slices out on the counter overnight on a baking sheet for easy prep in the morning. (This is my sons favorite french toast recipe).

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Southern Chocolate Gravy:
If you want to live dangerously serve those piping hot biscuits with some Southern Chocolate Gravy. Don't knock it till you try it, trust me on this one. Who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast?

Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal:
If you have oatmeal lovers in your house this apple pie oatmeal is perfect.
Pair with some yummy muffins below to complete the meal. 

Peach Cobbler Muffins:
Fresh or canned peaches can be used in this recipe. Fresh is best.

And last but not least is this easy fruit salad that pairs wonderfully with any of
the dishes listed above.

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Catherine said... #

You are amazing! Can't wait to do the monkey bread - might try it this weekend!

ann said... #

I love monkey bread. I haven't had it in a long time. I might make it soon! All your recipes look wonderful.

Patty Sumner said... #

So many yummy recipes. They all look so good. I want to try them all. Blessings!

PatsyAnne said... #

I rediscovered your blog this Christmas Eve morning - quite by accident and as I clicked through entries, I came across the Monkey Bread recipe - and I read the post and cried... you see my cousin died last Christmas just before dawn, and it was the first time that her family didn't have monkey bread for breakfast... as I read the recipe I was taken back to Ellen's kitchen and the smell of it baking, the fun in eating it, the expectations of everyone, for as soon as breakfast was over (hot chocolate and money bread), the present opening would begin... thank you for the memory! Merry Christmas!

Susan said... #

I l-o-v-e monkey bread. Do you have the recipe that uses homemade biscuits? I can't get the canned kind where I live.

bianca said... #

this looks great, but as with above poster i don't know what canned biscuits are. is there an alternative?

Shannon CM said... #

I really love the idea of using a yeast roll recipe! Would you please post details? Do you let the dough rise, punch down, form into balls (then following your recipe) Do you allow the bread to rise again? Until double? Is there any special consideration for the hot butter? Add just before baking?
All suggestions would be appreciated!