No monkeying around in this kitchen..

Hello again! Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit, this past week was crazy busy. I know that is not an excuse! For those who are new to this site, my name is Alyssa and my mission is to attempt to cook recipes posted by Buzzfeed on either Snapchat or Facebook with my lovely sidekick. Check out my other posts and see prior attempts.

 

This week I was having trouble picking a recipe for the blog. Buzzfeed makes it so hard to choose because they all look so good. For this recipe, I asked my followers on Facebook to help me out.

Facebook help

After many suggestions, I decided to go with the one I could not get out of my head. Chocolate cream cheese stuffed monkey bread.

What is the first thing you think of when you hear “monkey bread” ?

Monkeys and bread?

Who comes up with these things? Well whoever did, thank you for this. So for this blog I wanted to strictly stick to Buzzfeed videos, but I noticed another site posting similar recipes, Tasty. I did some research and found that Tasty is affiliated with Buzzfeed. Yay! This is their video for the monkey bread.

Let’s begin!

We started off with the following:

2 cans of 16oz buttermilk biscuits, 1 package of 8oz cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, butter, walnuts, cinnamon and cooking spray

2 cans of 16oz buttermilk biscuits, 1 package of 8oz cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, butter, walnuts, cinnamon and cooking spray

After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, we started prepping the bread. We watched the video over and over again, because we wanted to stick to the recipe as much as possible. We let the cream cheese sit out for a bit and then started cutting.

cream cheese

The recipe says to cut it into 32 pieces, but we came out with a but more. We ended up combining the smaller pieces together. After that, we started working on the balls.

In my 27 years of life, I have opened up maybe 2 cans of biscuits. I think they should come with a warning label. Whenever I see a can of biscuits, it reminds me of my old manager, Amador. He told me this story once, of a lady who was leaving the grocery store on a hot day. As the lady was walking to her car, she heard a loud POP and felt something hit her head. She assumed she had been shot and was holding her head thinking her brains were coming out. When the paramedics arrived, they asked her if she was alright and she told them she had been shot. They looked and insisted she remove her hand from her head. When she did that, she saw a biscuit stuck to her hand. Apparently, it was so hot the can of biscuits exploded and one hit her in the head.

Back to the recipe, opening the biscuits was hard. It took us multiple attempts and lots of video takes. We eventually got it.

After cutting the biscuits in half, we had to stretch them out and fill them with a square of cream cheese and chocolate chips. I didn’t notice in the video, they state they used dark chocolate. We used milk chocolate. Oops.

After stuffing them, it was time to get our roll on.

rolled balls

After rolling the dough, we put it in a Ziploc bag filled with 1 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Here’s where we messed up. The recipe called for 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, so remember if you do this recipe, 2 teaspoons! Also, when placing the balls in the bag, don’t overload the bag. Try doing 4 at a time. What we noticed was the balls weren’t fully covered and we had to throw them in for another round of shaking.

We grabbed our bundt pan, sprayed it with our good ol’ cooking spray and layered the bottom of the pan with walnuts (which are optional). From there you take the coated balls and place them in the pan. Meanwhile, you or someone else can melt the glue that keeps this beautiful creation stick together.

We grabbed 1 cup of  brown sugar and half a cup of butter.

I can’t help but think of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs every time I say the word butter.

Throw your 2 ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and nuke it for 70 seconds. The consistency of this should thicken as you stir it. If it seems runny, add more brown sugar.

This is your glue, from here you will pour this on top of your balls and start a new layer. Walnuts, balls and glue. Repeat until there is nothing left. If you have left over glue, just drizzle it all over.

monkey bread prepping stages

It should look similar to this:ready to bake

 

 

 

 

 

 

From here, it’s time to bake. The recipe says to bake it for 30-35 minutes. I kept checking on it and felt it was ready to come out so I may or may not have taken it out a few minutes early, but I paid the consequences later.

bundtAfter taking it out of the oven, you have to flip the pan onto a plate and let it cool for 10 minutes. This was the longest 10 minutes of my life!

After patiently waiting (yes, I waited the whole 10 minutes) we slowly lifted the pan up. Also, be careful because it may still be a bit hot. Once the pan was lifted, we saw our creation and it was beautiful.

finalAfter waiting a few seconds, we attempted to try our masterpiece, but it was still too hot. After waiting a few more seconds, we tried again and each took a bite. It was gooey and doughy,  I should have left it in the oven the whole time. After trying several more pieces, we found some pieces that were baked all the way through.

Like I say in all my posts, it is through trial and error. When I started this I never realized how much fun it would be. Cooking in the kitchen with my boyfriend and doing what I love, eating.

I have the best of both worlds going on. Now if only I could get my son on board. Stay tuned for the next post this week, maybe I will have a different sidekick 🙂

Check out our video and experience the fun with us!

Disclaimer: No monkeys were harmed during this attempt.

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