Monkey Brains for Breakfast.

Have you ever tried Monkey Bread? It's the shit and I'm going to teach you how to make it.

1/2 of a 34.5oz package of frozen cinnamon sweet roll dough (or the equivalent of 1.5 tubes of Pillsbury Cinnabon Roll Dough)
1/3 cup chopped pecans (I used pecan chips and just eyeballed how much I wanted to put)
1/4 melted butter or margarine (I suggest real butter because margarine's stupid)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup caramel flavored ice cream topping
1 tbsp maple flavored syrup

Place frozen rolls an inch apart on a large greased baking sheet. Cover rolls with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (I'm not sure how important this step is- my rolls didn't do shit overnight.)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease your muffin tin (not to be confused with muffin top). Divide up pecans evenly and sprinkle in each cup. (I realized I accidentally skipped this step when I was about to put them into the oven. So I just used a spoon to lift each cup out one at a time and sprinkled some pecans in the bottom of each cup.)

Cut each roll into four pieces. (I messed up on this part too. I only cut my rolls in half. Which is why the final result looks like monkey brains. Sue me.) Dip pieces in butter, then sugar, and place two in each cup.

Drizzle any remaining butter and sugar over the tops. In a small bowl, combine caramel and syrup.

Drizzle over rolls.

Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until you can't wait any longer. Cool muffin tin on a wire rack for one minute. Place a large platter or cookie sheet on top of the muffin tin to flip them over without throwing caramel sauce all over your kitchen.

Save yourself the walk-time back to the kitchen by serving yourself 4 of these badboys. You can thank me later.

Original recipe can be found in the March edition of Anyone Can Cook magazine.


MRanthrope said...

If I knew how to cook real food, I'd be all over this. Sadly, I resort to staring at this pics. ha

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Oh my God I hate you. I just talked myself out of running across the street to buy emergency chocolate (it's minus twenty three out you know?) and now you made me crave the SWEET all over again. Damn you. I might cry now. :)

Elizabeth said...

Monkey Brains!!! It's been a long time since I've had them. Yum, Yum...

Erin said...

Uh, yeah, you are evil.

Roxanne and Lorraine said...

No, seriously they look like brains. And yet, I want to eat them. Why must you confuse me thus?


drollgirl said...

my mom used to make monkey bread, and it looked a lot like this. delicious! wish i had some this instant!

thisgirlbeck said...

shit, i just might attempt this, though not sure of the outcome, but fuck it.. what do I have to lose?? exactly


Coyote Rose said...

This has to be the best recipe ever with the best name. I want like a whole pan of monkey brains!

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

MRANTHROPE - i'm flattered. but really, this isn't even considered "cooking". if i can make it without burning the house down or flipping the table out of hunger-induced rage, anyone can make it.

VEG - skip the chocolate and make this instead. it basically turns into candybread the second it cools off. :::droooool:::

ELIZABETH - it's easy. try it. (and this recipe is better than i remembered)

ERIN - i know. don't read this shit if you're on a diet. (just kidding, read this shit all the time.)

LORRAINE - i know, it worked out perfectly that they look like little brains. we even told Boyfriend's daughter (aka, the pickiest eater on the planet) that they were called monkey brains and she STILL loved them. that says a lot.

DROLLGIRL - this recipe is seriously easy. try it out and let me know what you think.

BECK - um, it's easy and you have nothing to lose. seriously, i don't think you can even mess this recipe up. and if you do, what's the worst that could happen- too much glaze??? oh no. that would be horrible.

ROSE - have you ever tried monkey bread? i've had it twice before, made by two different people, so i had a pretty good idea of how it was supposed to taste. honestly, this recipe surpassed my expectations. i'm totally serious, btw.

Deidre said...

Wow - looks totally yummy.

If i wasn't gluten free I'd be all over this like white on rice.

Bi said...

"You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun" totally caught my eye as like the best name EVAH, and then I come here to find a recipe for brains. Am I in Heaven?? I THINK SO!!!!

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

DEIDRE - oh man, i don't think i would even be able to live if i had a gluten allergy. i was actually tested for celiac's disease and the whole time i was like "well, i'm just gonna be sick for the rest of my life bc i CAN'T NOT HAVE CARBS."

BI - if you like threats and baked goods, you came to the right place. (and thanks for joining!)

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