3.10.2009

It Seems Anyone can Win a Bake-Off!

This past Saturday, our ward participated in the Crop Walk. It's a community effort, but our ward likes to do something fun to go along with it. This year, they sponsored a bake-off and everyone was invited to bring their favorite breakfast baked item for participants in the walk to share. Now, the first thing that has to be said is that I am not a baker. Not at all.

But Natalie was on the committee that helped organize the event, and she was afraid there wouldn't be much participation and asked that I bring something. Anything. Her suggestion was Monkey Bread. Which I love and is easy and yummy, but hardly bake-off material.

Anyhow, I made Monkey Bread. And when I came back from the walk, I was greeted by a Primary child who was so excited to let me know that my Monkey Bread had taken second place in the bake-off. Which just goes to show, anyone can win. And look at my cool apron!!

Here's the 'prize-winning' recipe:

Monkey Bread

3 cans refrigerator biscuits (cheapest you can find!)
sugar/cinnamon mixture (to your own taste)

Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces, and roll in the cinnamon'sugar mixture. Drop pieces into a buttered (Pam works great) bundt pan.

In a pan on the stove: bring to a boil 1/2 c. white sugar, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 3/4 c. butter. You can add nuts and/or raisins but we don't like them so I never do. Pour this mixture over the biscuits.

Bake at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes. I find that 35 minutes is usually about right. You just want to make sure the insides of the biscuits are not still gooey. Cool slightly, run a knife around the edges of the bundt pan, and dump onto a serving plate. Make sure you have plenty of room as the butter/sugar will drip down around on the bottom. To eat, just pull off lumps from the roll. Yummy!!

You can get the biscuits ready in the pan earlier in the day or the night before. Just cover and refrigerate. When ready to bake, just add the sugar and butter mixture.

20 comments:

Shelley~Maren said...

Congratulations! 2nd place isn't that bad! And thanks for the recipe! I'll be stealing it! ;)

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

mmmm, sounds good. I will have to make these for the kids this weekend!! :)

Jill said...

That monkey bread should've taken first place--trust me, I know from experience!

Those were the best days in seminary when I would walk in and see it there. It made getting up before 5 totally worth it!

hoLLy said...

congrats jan! cute apron! i agree, monkey bread is YUM!

Melissa said...

Mmmm sounds heavenly! Thanks for the recipe!

Carrie said...

So excited to have that recipe! You do make the BEST monkey bread ever...I can see why it won! That Natalie is something else, huh? I love that cause and think it's awesome that you entered to show her your support. That's awesome!

SweetmamaK said...

AWESOME!!! I love that recipe. I used that for my VERY FIRST cub scout activity. The boys loved it because I let them use butter knives to cut the biscuits themselves. Way to go and win a bake off!

MCMULLIN FAMILY said...

Congratulations, Jan! Monkey bread is the best and we often have it before bed on Sunday evenings.

I have a question for you: what do you know about using pictures from the web for blogs? If the picture says "all rights reserved" under it, should I not use it on my blog? What is protocol/legal ??

jenlinmin said...

Oh, monkey bread! It's been years since I've even thought about it! My kids would LOVE it! Thanks, Jan, and Congrats on the Hill Country ward honor ;)

Nat Lud said...

Sounds like an award winner to me! I'll have to try it!

Cammie said...

Sounds like FIRST place to me!!

100 Percent Cottam said...

looooove that you got 2nd! you rocked it! and it WAS delicious, as always!

Marilee said...

How fun! I love the idea of an apron as a prize! Congratulations!

tiburon said...

Congratulations! That is fantastic! I might need to try that bad boy.

tara said...

okay, i say anything that involves dough of any make or manner IS baking.
well done jan. that sounds RIGHT up my alley:)

Carrie said...

Hey, thanks for your comment on my blog. You know... I don't think we've asked specifically for an answer in a blessing before. Maybe that WOULD do us some good. You know, it's just always been help her through this or that when it came to certain situations. Thanks for that perspective...I really appreciate it!

Darleen said...

I LOVE monkey bread! Yumm!

Phogles said...

ah, monkey-bread! my kids call it "pull aparts". Congrats on 2nd place. I am going to a pie party tomorrow, and I have a title to defend. I took 2nd last year with my strawberry pie. I'm not that good, I sware. I just think that no one can resist strawberries...especially in March!

Stina said...

Oooo...I've had bread like this before. It was called pull-away bread. SO yummy. With pecans. AH! I'm drooling.

I'm making this when my hubby comes home. I gotta be good for the last three weeks of our contest, though. :)

Thanks for the recipe. And congratulations!!

Andi said...

You're just being modest! I once won a chili cook-off and got an apron too, it's so fun! My poor mom had to mail all of the ingredients (heavy box full of cans) to me when we were living in Brooklyn. The box made it in time, and we won the cook-off! It was a recipe she stole off of an uncle of mine that she doesn't like. She loves it when we use it and win, especially when she would make it to the cook-off in their ward first so her's won because he hadn't shown up yet.