Pull-Apart Breakfast Biscuits with Caramel Sauce, Pecans and Maraschino Cherries could be called Deconstructed Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce, Pecans and Maraschino Cherries but that seemed pretty pretentious for this simple re-working of good old Monkey Bread.
Because I’m endlessly curious, I did a quick check on the meaning of a ‘deconstructed dish’. “Deconstructed dishes may take foods that are normally combined in the dish, change their forms, and then plate them together in a different way. It’s not just about taking the dish apart, but putting its elements back together.” So, I guess I did deconstruct what we usually think of as Monkey Bread… how about that?!
I had fun making this and I had even more fun sharing it with my neighbors. I actually took the last two photos at their house – and even talked Lad into being my ‘hand model’!!
Ingredients & Method
Oven at 350F Bake for about 35 minutes, or until biscuits in middle are fully cooked
Lightly grease a 10″ x 13″ pan with shortening or cooking spray
Two 9′ round or square cake pans can be used. Just divide sugared biscuit quarters, pecans, cherries and sauce evenly between each pan. Bake about 25 minutes, or until biscuits in middle are fully cooked.
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- 2 cans (16.3 oz.) Pillsbury Grands Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine ++ I recommend butter !!
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans – – or walnuts ++ I used pecans
- 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries ++ I chopped the cherries pretty small. However, when I make this again, I’ll roughly chop the cherries. ++ For Christmas you may want to use both red & green maraschino cherries!
Arrange 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries evenly on the bottom of a greased 10″ by 13″ pan.
Open both cans of biscuits. Separate biscuits. Cut each biscuit into quarters. ++ I found it went faster if I stacked two biscuits together and then cut them into quarters.
Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon in a gallon food storage bag. Shake to mix.
Place biscuit quarters in the bag and shake to coat. ++ I found it worked well if I shook about 1/4 of the biscuit pieces at a time. Repeat until all pieces are coated with sugar/cinnamon mixture.
Arrange the biscuit quarters on top of the pecans and cherries, squeezing them together a bit to fit in one layer. ++ As I went along, I added a bit more cinnamon to the bag because the first biscuit pieces seemed to have picked up all the cinnamon.
Now it’s time for the caramel sauce. Place 1 cup packed brown sugar and 3/4 cup butter or margarine in a small microwavable bowl. Heat in microwave just until butter melts. Using a fork or whisk, mix butter and brown sugar together well. Pour over the biscuits. ++ Don’t worry if the sauce isn’t poured evenly over the biscuits – it’s going to end up at the bottom of the pan, where it’ll blend with the pecans and cherries to form a yummy, sticky topping for the biscuits.
Bake 350F for 35 to 37 minutes – or until biscuits in middle are fully cooked. ++ To check for doneness, lift up the top of a middle biscuit to see if it’s cooked. If not, continue to bake a few minutes longer.
Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn upside down onto a large serving platter. ++ If you don’t have large enough platter, cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and serve from there. Enjoy!
++ Quote http://www.cheftalk.com/