Thursday, July 28, 2016

Spiced Monkey Bread for Two

Sugar and spice and everything that's nice maybe what little girls are made of,
BUT I am a big girl and I want my sugar and spice in my monkey bread! Specifically, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves mixed with brown sugar and baked with butter into a spiced, caramelly syrup that surrounds the crisp sugar coating with each bite of buttermilk monkey bread. I've got to stop describing it or I am going to be making more monkey bread!
I thought everyone knew about monkey bread.
I was wrong. Bill didn't know what monkey bread was.
Can you believe that? He grew up in California and Kansas. Don't you have monkey bread there? Somehow he missed out on this treat until I made spiced monkey bread for us. NOW that he knows what it is............he wants more, much more!

I used two  - 6 ounce souffle cups, but any 6-8 ounce ramekin, or baking dish will work.
Ingredients
  • 1- 7.5 oz tube of generic buttermilk biscuits
  • 2 Tbsp. butter - for buttering your baking dishes
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
Topping Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Butter your two baking dishes generously and set aside
    Generously buttered souffle dishes.
Preparing the Biscuits
  1. Cut each biscuit into quarters and roll each quarter into a ball. 
    I cut the biscuit into quarters with a pizza cutter. 
  2. Set the dough balls aside.
  3. Put the sugars and spices into a one quart zip top bag.
  4. Zip the top and mix the sugar and spices in the bag.
  5. Dip a ball of dough into the melted butter and drop it into the bag of spiced sugar.
  6. Repeat until you have four butter coated dough balls in the bag of spiced sugar
  7. Close and shake the bag until the balls of dough are completely coated.
  8. Divide the dough balls between the two buttered baking dishes.
  9. Repeat steps 4-7 until all of the dough balls are coated and divided between the two baking dishes. 
    Ready to bake!
Preparing the Topping
  1. In a small bowl, blend the melted butter, brown sugar, and spices for the topping.
  2. Using a tablespoon, spoon the topping equally over the top of the dough in each baking dish.
Time to Bake
  • Set the baking dishes on a small cookie sheet or shallow baking pan and put it into the preheated oven.
  • Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the dough is beginning to brown.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 2 or 3 minutes. 
  • Carefully turn each baking dish upside down onto a plate and let it sit for a minute.
  • Gently remove the monkey bread from the baking dish. 
    This is what happens when you don't let the baking dish sit on the plate for a minute.
    A perfect individual serving.
    You are ready to eat some homemade happiness on a plate!