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Extreme Monkey Bread

Here’s the thing: There’s food, and then there’s FOOD. Food is something you eat to nourish. FOOD is something you eat because the blasted whatever-it-is cries out to you as you sleep, “Eat me…Eat me.” FOOD is what you crave like mad, against all reason, arterial wisdom or nutritional advice. FOOD is that thing that begs to be licked, devoured, and savored with every bite. This here Monkey Bread is that sort of food. It’s FOOD, FOOD, FOOD. The sort of thing that will make you stick your finger into a steaming hunk of caramel because you find its golden, shiny self so utterly irresistible. While most Monkey Bread is just a nice assortment of cinnamon, sugar and butter, this Extreme Monkey Bread cooks itself up into a blanket of its own caramel — rich, gooey, perfectly ridiculous. Clear the menu, Mabel. We’re having FOOD for dinner tonight.

Extreme Monkey Bread
1 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup dark Karo syrup
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tubes of large Texas Layers biscuits
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamom

STEP 1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine brown sugar, Karo syrup, sweetened condensed milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir all ingredients together until smooth & allow to heat just until boiling.

STEP 2. Open the packages of biscuits, separate each biscuit and cut into four pieces.

STEP 3. Stir together cinnamon and sugar. Toss cut biscuit pieces into the cinnamon and sugar.

STEP 4. Pour half of the caramel sauce into the bottom of a bundt pan which has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

STEP 5. Place the cinnamon & sugar coated biscuit pieces on top of the caramel.  Pour most of the remaining caramel over the  top of the biscuits, setting about 1/4 cup aside for dipping, if desired. (The bundt pan will be verrry full.  If you don’t have a bundt pan, try splitting your monkey bread into two large loaf pans, the sort you’d use to bake loaved of bread).

STEP 6. Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until the bread at the top of the bundt pan is golden brown.  Allow to sit for 8-10 minutes before turning onto a plate.  Serve immediately.

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