Cream Cheese and Chocolate Filled Monkey Bread (Uses a 9 x 13 pan)

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These are so good you might want to ‘slap your own self ‘ in the head !!  

Cream Cheese and Chocolate Filled Monkey Bread is baked in a 9″ x 13″ pan.  Unlike typical monkey bread, there’s only one layer rather than several and the pieces are bigger.  Think of these as ‘cinnamon roll meets monkey bread’!

A friend of mine is in the hospital and I brought two plates of my monkey bread to share with the nurses. They gave it rave reviews and several blamed me for their lack of will-power.  (Actually, I didn’t do so well in the will power department myself.)

Oven at 350F  (175C)       Greased 9″ x 13″ pan

Bake for 35 minutes – or until top is golden and center biscuits are fully cooked.

    INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 (16 oz.) packages of LARGE biscuits, such as Pillsbury ‘Grands’ Biscuits, found in the dairy case

    Cream Cheese Filling

  • 2 ( 8 oz.) packages of cream cheese – softened
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 ½ tsp. sugar
  • chocolate chips, such as Nestles    ++  You’ll need about 1/2 cup or more    ++  I recommend using dark chocolate 

    Chopped Nuts, White Sugar & Cinnamon  … to be sprinkled over filled biscuits

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

    Caramel Sauce

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter – cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup PACKED brown sugar

METHOD      ++  See photos at bottom of post !

Open 2 packages of large refrigerated biscuits – allow to warm up a bit.  Soften 2 packages of cream cheese by bringing them to room temperature OR by microwaving each UNWRAPPED block of cream cheese on high for about 10 seconds.

In a medium bowl, beat softened cream cheese with ½ tsp. almond extract and 1 ½ tsp. white sugar until combined.

Place about a 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips in a small bowl.

Here’s how I formed the biscuits; take out four at a time.  Cut each biscuit in half.  Fold the cut halves together to form a circle.  (See photo below).  Using your palms, flatten each biscuit half until you have a 3″ circle.  Drop 2 heaping measuring teaspoons in the middle of each flattened biscuit and place several chocolate chips on top.   ++  I used about 4 for each, but next time I’m going to add more!! 

Bring the edges together to form something resembling a ball.  The shape does NOT matter, so don’t be fussy.  Place biscuit balls into a greased 9” x 13″.  Repeat….

++ I allowed the biscuits to rest a few minutes so the dough could rise a bit.  While dough is resting, sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.  In a small bowl mix ½ cup white sugar with 2 tsp. ground cinnamon.  Sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mixture over biscuits.

Place ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into cubes, and ¾ cup PACKED brown sugar in a small microwavable bowl.  Heat on high for 30 seconds.  Stir.  Heat for another 30 seconds.  Mix butter and brown sugar well with a fork or a whisk.  Pour over biscuits.

Bake in a 350F (175C) oven for 35 minutes.  Biscuits should be golden brown and center biscuits should be fully cooked.

Invert onto a serving platter…. it IS a bit tricky.  Immediately remove pan.  There will be bits of yummy melted brown sugar and butter left – scrape it out before it cools and put it in the nooks and crannies between the biscuits. (If no one is looking, you have my permission to just eat it!)  ; o )

++  If you don’t have a large enough serving platter, use a cookie sheet.   

Cream Cheese and Chocolate Filled Monkey Bread  is soooo good when eaten fresh from the oven – and I was pleasantly surprised to see how good these were a day later. Enjoy!

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Pull-Apart Breakfast Biscuits with Caramel Sauce, Pecans and Maraschino Cherries

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’!!

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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. 

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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 bowlHeat 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.

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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.

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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/

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