Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday Treats: Goopy Bread (aka Pull Aparts, aka Monkey Bread)

Many years ago (okay really only a decade ago) I went to an all girls camp every summer. It was great fun! We would cook using various methods and make delicious meals and desserts. The last couple of years I went to camp we had Pull Aparts (made in a dutch oven), and we all loved them. Of course there were no guys so we could pig out and not worry about what anyone thought ;). I had nearly forgotten about these treats when I got married. One of my camp leaders came to my wedding reception and in her wedding gift she gave us the recipe for pull aparts (and the pan I use to make them.) If you make this while camping, the recipe will need to be doubled for a dutch oven.

So why in the title do I call it Goopy Bread? Good question, Goopy Bread is the only name my husband can remember to call it when he says that we should make it. I sometimes (like once or twice per year) make this for him as a surprise breakfast. I KNOW that this is not a healthy breakfast, but for a special treat I can spoil the man I love. I think one time he slipped and replaced the G with a P, but we won't talk about that here...

Goopy Bread

You will need 3 cans of biscuits**.
and you will need to open the aforementioned 3 cans of biscuits.
Don't you hate it when you fully remove the wrapper and the biscuits still have not opened? I always jump when I open these, so I'm on edge the whole time... just waiting for the pop to startle me. It is just not fair to have that anxiety for nothing.
Pop! It finally opened after I banged it on the counter. It doesn't scare me as much when I bang it on the counter to open it. Maybe the banging helps me rid myself of the anxiety. I'm not the only one who hates opening those things am I?
Once you get over the trauma of opening the biscuits, cut them into fourths. 
Next get some cinnamon and sugar.
Coat the cut up biscuits with the cinnamon and sugar mix.
I like to place my cinnamon and sugar into a container, place the biscuit in the container, put a lid on it and shake it like nobody's business. It also helps to release the left over stress of opening the biscuits.
Place the coated biscuit into bundt pan - spray with nonstick cooking spray first though.
Repeat until all the cut up biscuits are coated and in the pan. If you want you can sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the biscuits, but it is not really needed.
If you are a good multitasker you can do the following steps while cutting the biscuits, if not - do the following after getting all the biscuits in the pan.
Place 1 cup vanilla ice cream and 1 cube (1/2 cup) butter in a saucepan. If you would prefer to have a little less sugar in this dish, you can use 1 cup heavy cream instead of ice cream.
Melt the butter and the ice cream.
Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
Mix together.
Bring to a boil.
Pour over biscuits in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from oven when the tops turn golden brown.
Turn upside down on a serving platter.
The sauce oozes down over the sides.
The middle pretty much fills with sauce.
At this point is is pretty much futile to resist eating at least one bite.

** I did make this recipe with biscuits made from scratch (I used the Biscuits Supreme recipe in Better Homes & Gardens.)  It still tasted good*, but there were a few changes: It needed an extra 10 minutes to cook, the sauce was not as runny, and the biscuits were a little more dense. I rolled out the biscuits and cut them into 90 bite size pieces, but only used 60 of them. I also had to spray the biscuits with some oil before coating them in cinnamon and sugar.
The other 30 pieces I used to make a reduced sugar version. Since it was cut in half, I used 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cube butter, 1 Tbsp regular sugar and 2 Tbsp brown sugar. (I did dip them in cinnamon and sugar.)
*My husband and mother (taste testers) said they liked it better than the biscuits from the can.


  1. Oh yummy! I am trying this! I have had monkey bread but never made it before it looks really easy! I will let you know how it turns out!

  2. I love the ice cream filling! Wow!!! The next time I whip up a batch of monkey bread dough, I am going to add that filling. It looks AMAZING!!!

  3. I have a very similar recipe using ice cream....it's great! My husband prefers that version over any other one :)

  4. OMG..this is deadly!! Great Idea..Thanks for sharing. My mouth is already watering!

  5. So this looks AMAZING! I have been wanting to make monkey bread for AGES but over here in the UK we dont have the bicuit pastry in a tin. Do you have any recommendations for a recipe we could make at home and use to make this?

  6. I would suggest making a basic baking powder biscuit (the type that is rolled out) and cutting them into bite sized pieces. There are 10 biscuits in a package - so you would need about 40 bite sized pieces.
    Next time I make these, I'll try it making the biscuits from scratch and let you all know how it goes. I may make them sooner than later as I made these just before our computer died in December so it's been a few months.

  7. I've never understood why Dutch ovens are camping gear. They're so heavy! I certainly wouldn't want to lug one of those up and down mountains all day long. I actually only learned of this phenomenon since moving to the US, but it clearly isn't regional - you're on the opposite side of the country and it's still part of your life.

  8. So... Dutch Ovens are camping gear for when you camp but not backpack - some people call it 'car camping'. That is you drive to the campground and set up your tent and your car is within a 10-50 foot walk. I've done an overnight backpacking trip and I did NOT have a dutch oven then.

  9. Fabulous! I saw your post and went hunting for the flaky biscuits like a crazy woman lol. Thanks for the CLEAR directions I love that. As a new baker I'm still in the follow directions mode so I appreaciate it. My office REALLY appreciated it and compared it to Cinnabon at a truck stop to be specific (compliment). I look forward to future postings.

  10. Thank you a lot for the recipe!!
    I did it for my kids and they loved it. They said that i'm a specialist in this.
    Next month we are going to argentina. We are going to rent a buenos aires apartments, i hope that i can find there all of this ingredients.


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