Monday, July 15, 2013

Monkey Bread to the Max from Guest Blogger, Carrie Drexler

Hi Everyone!
Carrie and her youngest brother.
Isn't he every girl's dream?

It's Carrie again, filling in for my mom. 

 The problem with having two bakers in the house is that sometimes we want to use the same pan. This happened yesterday morning; I wanted to make this simple monkey bread recipe, and my mom was going to make a sour cream blueberry cake (I think she's still going to make it, check back next week). Both recipes used the bundt pan, but since mine meant getting gooey maple, brown sugar monkey bread for breakfast before church, I won out.

I would not consider myself a Pinterest addict, but there are some great recipes to be found through that site. This was a recipe that's been pinned on my Pinterest board since I joined the site a couple years ago and I've never found the time to buckle down and make it. It was super simple and looks amazing.

First, preheat the oven to 375, and grease your bundt pan.

Then gather up your ingredients!

1 ½ Cans Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
3 TBSP Butter (melted)
½ C. Pancake Syrup
1/3 C. Packed Brown Sugar
½ tsp. Cinnamon
¼ C. Pecans (Optional)

I forgot to clean up behind my ingredients. Don't worry, you can leave out the cat treats and Ritz crackers.

Mix together melted butter and syrup. In another bowl mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts (if using, I left them out).

Pour half the syrup in the bottom of the pan and sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture over the top.

Layer your biscuits on top of that in a circle. The great part about this is that you can use fewer/more biscuits depending on the number of people (you'll just have to watch the bake time).

Pour the rest of the syrup over the top and sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar. It already looks delicious!

Bake at 375 for 25-30minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown on top.

Look at that gooey maple goodness. They were definitely delicious and super easy. This is a Sunday morning keeper for sure.

I celebrated my birthday at the beginning of the month and since then came across this picture from my second birthday. As you can see, a love for baked goods was instilled at a very early age.

Carrie's 2nd Birthday 

Thank you, Carrie, for sharing your recipe. And yes, it was delicious! And as promised, next week we'll have a Blueberry Sour Cream Cake recipe straight from southwest Michigan.

And what Monday would be complete without a gratuitous puppy picture?

Thatcher heard that puppy kindergarten starts this evening...does it look like he's ready for it?


  1. HAHAHA! I love all these pictures! And your brother looks like a lot of fun. :)

    Now I'm hungry and it's 3AM here.

    I know you probably don't wan to hear this, but your two year old pic is ADORABLE!!!

    1. It is adorable!!!! AND MONKEY BREAD!!!! Ruthy runs and hides her head, refusing to look at the delectable goodness!!!!



      Carrie, you and your baby bro are like the cutest things EVER! Thank you for being here and my teen helpers are going to love making this for the little peeps at Ruthy's Place!

    2. Ruthy, this is perfect for your teen helpers! So easy.

      And I love that picture of the youngest brother. That's his "Hey, ladies!" look. And you have to say it in kind of a sleazy, used-salesman type of voice. :)

    3. Maybe on my 5th birthday I didn't want to hear that, but after my 25th I'll take it.

  2. Hey Carrie, thanks for filling in for your mom. I've heard of monkey bread and had no idea what it was. Now I have a burning question. Why on earth is it called monkey bread? Why not syrupy-sugary-goodness bread?

    I agree your two year old pic is adorable BUT I think that darling Thatcher's puppy pic trumps it. Sorry. It's the bat ears and I'm sure you are glad you don't have them. Thatcher looks like he's plotting mischief for puppy kindergarten. I'd be wary if I were you!

    1. BAT EARS!!! YES!!!!

      But Carrie gets my vote. By the slightest of margins. And she's potty trained. That's huge in puppy world.


    2. Who knows why it's called Monkey Bread? I sure don't. Maybe because you can eat it with your fingers? (at least the original version).

      And Ruthy knows, potty training trumps everything in the puppy world. Although we hit a milestone yesterday - Thatcher ASKED to go outside and actually DID something when he got there! Once he gets that concept down, we're on our way :)

  3. There's a reason Monkey Bread is a classic. It's one of those things that never goes out of style. And what a neat twist on an old stand-by. Yum!! Oooey-gooey goodness. And that Thatcher just keeps getting cuter every day.

    1. It never goes out of style and is always delicious!

  4. My daughter loves Monkey Bread recipes and this so so fancy looking. Must share with her.

    Sniff, I can't see Thatcher.

    Thanks for filling in for your mom.

    1. Thanks! It ended up being easier than the regular monkey bread, which is a win, win :)

      And don't worry I bet there are tons of Thatcher pics up on my mom's facebook.

  5. Yummy. But I want to know how peeps in your family stay so trim??

    1. They're young, Tina. They're young.

      Also, Carrie recently (can I share this, Carrie?) lost quite a bit of weight over a couple years - and while in college, no less. I'm so proud of her :) She used the old standard diet: eat less, move more.