Are you familiar with the sweet treat called "Monkey Bread"? If not, you have a treat in store! This is a sweet bread that's buttery and absolutely wonderful with coffee. It's supposedly called by this title because the bread is made in sections and to eat, you break off a piece with your fingers and eat! It's good to eat and also fun to eat.
There are two versions of this sweet bread that I've made. One is a yeasted dough where the dough is dipped in melted butter, goes through a rising period, then baked. Another version is made with canned biscuits. The biscuits are cut into small pieces and coated with cinnamon and sugar. These are layered in a pan along with nuts, and if you like them, raisins. This is baked and turned out. Like the other bread, you break off a piece of it with your fingers to eat it. Both versions are wonderful!
I'd like to share another version of this well-known bread, though this one is more of a bread to serve as an appetizer or with a meal. This one, called "Herbed Monkey Bread", also uses canned biscuits, along with herbs and melted butter. This makes fast work of putting it together and easy, since you don't have to worry about making a yeast dough.
This calls for five cans of canned biscuits. This sounds like a lot, but this makes a large pan of bread. One advantage to this bread is that it's made a day ahead, since it must be refrigerated overnight, so it can be put together and baked when you're ready. The biscuits are cut in half and dipped in a mixture of melted butter and herbs. These are layered in a tube pan and then it's chilled. The next day, you bake this according to the temperature called for on the biscuit package. You'll want to make sure it's well browned to make sure the biscuits are baked through.
In the event that you don't have the recipes for the sweet version of "Monkey Bread", here are the links to them from articles I've done on them in the past. One of them is called "Bubble Bread", though it's much like "Monkey Bread".
Once you try this herbed bread, you may find yourself anxious to try the sweet versions of this bread that have been long popular!
HERBED MONKEY BREAD
- 5 cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (10 per can)
- 1/2 to 1 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoon chopped green onion
- 1 tablespoon dried dillweed
Cut each biscuit in half. Combine remaining ingredients and blend well. Dip each biscuit into butter, coating thoroughly. Layer biscuits in a greased tube pan or 12-cup ring mold. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake according to directions on biscuit package. Yield: 24 servings.