Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

1 Posted by - August 8, 2012 - Food & Drink

I posted a little preview of this test on Twitter yesterday, and immediately, everyone went, “MONKEY BREAD OM NOM NOM!” I had no idea it was called monkey bread because it’s called “sticky bun breakfast ring” in this post, but I looked up monkey bread and it is, indeed, similar, except this is way easier.

Image from The Jones Way

And I just so happened to have all of the ingredients, even though I haven’t been to the grocery store in like two weeks. (This is not completely my fault. I am carless at the moment until my vehicle is back from the repair shop. I am pretty sure the repair shop is just going to keep it at this point. They might as well. I have learned to survive without it… you know, until my groceries run out.)

You will note I have 3 kinds of syrup here.

Yes, that’s not strictly part of the instructions, but I’m operating on what’s-left-in-the-house. That means that there’s a squinch of maple syrup, a Cracker Barrel syrup I stole when a member of our breakfast party ordered pancakes and didn’t use his syrup, and a bottle of sugar-free syrup I bought in like 2005 when Atkins dieting was still a thing. I don’t think sugar-free syrup expires. Right?

I was a little bit dubious about this working in my style of bundt pan. I love my bundt pan. It is one of the few kitchen implements I own that makes me look like I can bake things. I make cake-mix cakes in it and I get compliments because it looks like a hurricane when it comes out, and that’s kind of impressive. But for upside-down breakfasty things? I dunno.

I was afraid all the stuff was just going to stick in the grooves, and not to the biscuits.

I took some obligatory artsy-fartsy shots because, you know, you can’t eat your food without Instagramming that shit. It’s rude or something.

And then while I was playing with filters and otherwise hipstering it up, I sort of burned the thing. Whoops.

But it’s ok, because that part goes on the bottom when you flip it over onto your serving tray, (Or, in my case, dinner plate… Come on, did you really think I would have a serving tray?)

I have to admit, it looked pretty awesome.

And I was inspired to take more food-porn photos.

The monkey bread money shot: goo dripping off buns.

I withheld judgment until I tried some. And then after I tried some, I fell upon the rest like a hungry wildebeest (if hungry wildebeests only ate sugary bready breakfasty things).

You guys, it tasted like joy. Pure, delicious joy. I am not kidding. It was really, really good. And I think that makes this my first undisputed, fully awesome, no question about it, fantastic win of a pin!

(That only took eight months.)

YAY!

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  • Cindy C

    That. Looks. Awesome!!

  • KateGeorge

    Yay! a win! I’m not allowed to eat sticky buns/monkey bread because of the whole diabetes thing. So I have to tell you this post made me curse the fates and eat no sugar added ice cream. You have to be careful of no sugar added ice cream, because if you eat too much it kind of screws with your stomach. Don’t ask me how I know that.

    • Pintester

      KateGeorge I once ate a whole bag of sugar-free chocolates in one sitting. I know your pain.

  • Run_Chata

    Monkey bread is one of the most incredible things ever! Good job! Love your blog :)

  • tovadarling

    Oh yum! Now I just need a bundt pan…

  • http://Www.Dolly.Sickles.org/ Dolly Sickles

    This could be your signature dish! Brava!

  • http://www.omostudios.com/ crazyguyfromATL

    I love reading your stuff. Your humor sure brightens my day. I make this but I cut each biscuit into quarters, shake them in a bag with the mixture then place them in a pan. Yours looks much nicer.

  • http://partdelikate.blogspot.com/ Kate D

    You seriously crack me up. Congrats on the Pin-Win! Have you tried your hand at cake pops yet?…I tried these http://pinterest.com/pin/271341946269915560/ and it was brutal

  • mstymndy

    lol… YOU DID IT!!!!! 

  • Meghan

    Way to go! Pintester FTW!

  • MissAnthropy

    Sugar-free syrup freaks me out. It isn’t sticky. And that is so wrong.But congratulations on your pin-win!

  • Truffles8761

    KateGeorge…I feel your pain.  I, too, am diabetic and know the hellborn evil that is artificial sweeteners.  So this Pintester win was particularly heart-wrenching.  The one thing that actually works and I am shut out.  I gaze longingly at the lovely pics and drool on my carrot sticks.  I curse them and their orange smugness.  Congrats, Pintester, on your victory!

  • Yay

    Sadly none of these ingredients are readily available here in Sweden.My only option would be to make my own cookie dough and either use some weird syrup substitute or the super expensive imported maple kind, which means I will most likely never get to make this :(Too bad cause it looks awesome.Congrats on your first (really) successful pintest though!

  • StephaniHaefner

    YUMMMM!!!!! Looks Über-tasty!!!

  • Amanda

    I think the success of this one depends on personal preference.  I make monkey bread from scratch (i.e. making homemade dough) fairly often so to me, this tasted horrible.  I couldn’t get past the taste of the canned biscuits and deemed it a pinterest fail.  Even my kids/husband didn’t care for it and we ended up throwing over half of the pan away.

    • alou99

      @Amanda wow… you’re that passive-aggressive “I make everything from scratch, so I just can’t relate” person….. lots of us make things based on our personal preferences, available hours in a day, etc…..Hey, how about, she just followed a recipe?? Ha! Anyway, do you have to rain on her pin win?

  • http://urthalun.com/ Julie

    Ohmydeargawd a win!  I am so freaking proud of you.  Nicley done.  With food porn photos and everything.

  • Manda

    Well Done! I am very excited that you had a pin-win. Although, is it wrong that I am a little saddened by you triumphant pin? Now I might actually have to start making things from pinterest rather than assume they are all fails, then wait to see you do them.

  • LadyRita

    Congratulations!

  • tiff_gee

    That looks so tasty! What a great win for you!

  • JennieCraigCooper

    That’s a badass bundt pan!

  • FoodStoriesBlog

    Success !!!

  • Kathy

    I was sure this would fail when I did it the first time too…and it kinda did. I couldn’t find my bundt pan, so used one of those 2-piece angel-food cake pans. Needless to say, the syrupy mixture you start with poured right out the bottom. Oops! Try, try again and it worked with a real pan. We’re addicted to this stuff! SO yummy!! p.s. Because it wasn’t already sickeningly sweet enough, I now break each “biscuit” into 3-4 pieces, then dip it in more of the goo before putting it in. Incredible!!!

    • Lulu_Vohn

      @Kathy so glad I’m not the only one who made that mistake!

  • Andee

    i too have made this and it is amazing…however because i have a compulsion to alter things thinking that somehow justifies calling it “mine” i melted chocolate chips and drizzled it over the top after flipping it onto the plate…HEAVEN … made me a weekend hero to a fam of chocoholics :)

  • http://stepbystepinthekitchen.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Richardson

    Absolutely fantastic photo of you looking at your prize-winning “monkey bread”.  Relish this moment, for a day at least, then on to find more complete failures.  P.S. Hope you get your car up and running soon.Keep writing…

  • magemum

    I love the ravenous wildebeest photo at the end!

  • http://hippie2mars.wordpress.com/ hippie2mars

    I found a recipe on Pinterest for making monkey bread muffins (same concept, but in made in muffin tins). It was a Pinterest win, thank goodness. I LOVE reading your blog. You crack me up, girl!

  • photosbylela

    I found a similar recipe, but had the dough wrapped around cream cheese-my family LOVED it….yummm lol

  • raelieu

    It’s comforting to know that, even if a pin completely works out, your reviews are still fugging hilarious. The picture at the end killed me.

  • CindyWalker1

    I love monkey bread and it is a staple in my house. for some easier tips and kid friendly use the cheap can buiscuits come 4 in a pack at Walmart and i cut them in quarters befor dipping and rolling in sugar followed by direstions above,  then smaller bites also i love  to add pecans! And lastly I am so jealous of that bundt pan!!!!

  • Beets

    Damn!  Looks delicious!

  • angimama

    Food Porn Photos – LMAO!!!   You crack me up!

  • CassandraHartley

    This was one of the first pins I ever made. Yours looks just like mine- I loooove monkey bread!

  • http://www.stringingintherain.etsy.com stringingintherain

    Hungry wildebeest – lol!!!!

  • NOT a Jersey girl

    You best line was, “I took some obligatory artsy-fartsy shots because, you know, you can’t eat your food without Instagramming that shit. It’s rude or something.” I LOVE your commentary throughout your posts. And since we LOVE monkey bread in our house, I will be trying this. Side note, we’re fatty-fat-fats when it comes to monkey bread and melt a little icing on top. Talk about sickening sweet goodness. Give it a try!

  • NOT a Jersey girl

    Your best line was, “I took some obligatory artsy-fartsy shots because, you know, you can’t eat your food without Instagramming that shit. It’s rude or something.” I LOVE your commentary throughout your posts. And since we (over)indulge in monkey bread in our house, I will be trying this. Side note, we’re fatty-fat-fats when it comes to monkey bread and melt a little icing on top. Talk about sickening sweet goodness. Give it a try!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/malissa.brown.393 Malissa Brown

    If you make this again, try putting caramel sauce on top of it when it’s done. Pure deliciousness!!

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  • Aray

    This is one of the first pins I ever made too – and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It’s especially good with 100% real maple syrup (none of that HFCS stuff) and toasted pecans! This is now my go-to for breakfast when we have houseguests. They are ALWAYS impressed.

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