Don’t lie to me by telling me this recipe is new and/or mind-blowing. I know it’s not. If you’re from The South, you have probably salivated over it at least twice in your lifetime. More than likely, it has happened at a church potluck. Or one of those times you spent the night at an overnight church camp event. We called it Disciple Now.
It’s not a big deal. I won’t judge you either way. I don't know your life.
However, it doesn’t make this any less delicious. It’s kind of like that thing when something becomes a tradition because of how delicious it is. So, it makes sense. Understand?
Salted Caramel Monkey Bread
2 Sticks Butter, unsalted
¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
¼ Cup Dark Syrup (or Molasses)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Cans Biscuit Dough, cubed
I’m going to be honest. I have made this several times. Each time, it was tasty. But this…. This, I have now mastered.
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium to medium-high heat. Mix in the sugar and molasses and bring to a steady simmer. Stir often until the sugar is completely dissolved and becomes one with the buttery sexualness.
Take the sauce off the heat and stir in the salt and vanilla.
Spray your chosen baking dish with non-stick spray and fill that sucker up with the cubed biscuit dough. Cover completely with the super healthy sauce, reserving about ¼ cup.
To me, the trick is in this moment. Let the dish of dough rest for about 10-20 minutes. In my very scientific mind, the heat from the sauce melts the dough just enough for the tastiness soak in real good and deep-like. Translation: YUMMERZ.
Pre-heat the oven to 350. When you’re satisfied with your biscuit marinating process, bake the monkey bread for approximately 20-25 minutes. Depending on the depth of your pan, check the dough to see how “done” it is. Touch the top and it’s super squishy, keep baking. If it’s not super squishy, let ‘er rip.
If your life choices led you to using a bundt pan, like mine did, you have 2 choices. You can be a gangster and flip it out onto a fancy serving dish or, you can individually scoop it out of the bundt pan like a gangster who has no cares in the world. Either way, you may (or may not) have reserved a little of that delicious sauce earlier. So consider that and drizzle away if you must. And don't kid yourself: you must.
If this isn’t the best monkey bread you’ve ever had well….then I really don’t care. But I hope you like it!