Thursday, January 27, 2011

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

The classic Sunday breakfast at my house! A Bundt pan works best, but a springform pan can be substituted.

3 (12 ounce) packages refrigerated
biscuit dough
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9 or 10 inch Bundt pan.
  2. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Cut biscuits into quarters. Shake 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the prepared pan. Continue until all biscuits are coated and placed in pan. If using nuts and raisins, arrange them in and among the biscuit pieces as you go along.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the margarine with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the biscuits.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Do not cut! The bread just pulls apart.

Enjoy! -Sylvia

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cinnamon Granola Cereal

I was really craving a good bowl of cereal this morning, but didn't have any! This is my go-to recipe for cereal. The good thing about this recipe is that it is very adaptable. The only ingredients you truly need are oats, oil, and some kind of syrup or honey. The rest is just for fun. You can use any nuts, seeds, fruits, even candies that you want!


2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup wheat germ (optional)
1/3 cup flax seeds (optional)
1 cup pecans (optional)
1/3 cup shredded coconut (optional)

1/2 cup honey or pancake syrup
2 tablespoons cooking oil

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the honey/syrup and oil.
  4. Add the oil mixture to the cereal mixture.
  5. Spread cereal evenly on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, then stir. Bake for 20 minutes more.
  7. Remove from oven. If you are adding dried fruits, chocolate chips, or other types of candies/marshmallows, add them at this point.
  8. Spread cereal on a piece of foil to cool and dry out some.
  9. Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
  10. Yum! :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
5 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cups whole milk, heated on stove top to 110 degrees
4 T. unsalted butter, (3 of them melted)
3 large egg yolks
4 1/4 cup AP flour, plus more if needed
2 1/4 t. rapid rise yeast (1 pkg.)
1 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. salt

1. In a small bowl, combine your filling/topping ingredients. Measure out 1/4 cup of your mixture and set the rest aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, melted butter, and egg yolks. Then, in the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the 1/4 cup of cinnamon mixture, 1 TBSP sugar, yeast, flour, and salt.

3. Using your dough hook, mix on low and slowly add the milk mixture. After the dough comes together, increase your speed to medium and mix the dough until it is smooth and comes away from the sides of the bowl. Your dough should stick to the bottom of your bowl, but not too the sides. You may need to add more flour if needed.

4. Turn out your dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a smooth round ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about an hour, or until dough has doubled in size.

5. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, press dough into a 20 x 8 inch rectangle, with the short side facing you. Using a spray bottle filled with water, lightly spray the dough. Sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar mixture (reserving about 2-3 TBSP), leaving a 2 inch border along the top to seal. Lightly spray the cinnamon sugar with the water. Roll up from the edge nearest you and finish at the sugarless end. Pinch to seal. Place in the loaf pan seam side down. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to for rise another 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
6. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1 TBSP of butter and brush over top of dough. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and bake until top is deep brown (about 45-60 minutes) Turn bread out and cool on wire rack.

I got the recipe from     It is DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!