Last night, there were two extra little girls here, giggling and talking with Betsy late into the night. For breakfast this morning, they'll be expecting something beyond cold cereal, in keeping with the "slumber party" title given to the festivities. I plan to go start the monkey bread very soon, and no one (but you) really needs to know just how easy this is.
Lazy Mother's Monkey Bread
2 cans refrigerated biscuits (7 or 8 oz. each)
4 T. melted butter
4 T. sugar
4 T. brown sugar
1 & 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar (for glaze)
3-4 T. water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan.
Set aside all notions that involve quartering and dipping. This is the Lazy Mother's Monkey Bread. We don't quarter and dip here. It takes too long. We halve and dump things.
Cut the biscuits in half and throw them (literally, if you feel like it) into a large bowl. Pour the melted butter over them, and stir the biscuits as well as you can. Remind yourself that even though it doesn't seem to be coating the biscuits as well as the dipping method, this will work. Karen said so.
In separate small bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour it over the not-so-perfectly-coated biscuits and stir again. Stifle the urge to think badly of Karen for being so lazy. Remind yourself again that even though this doesn't appear to work as well as dipping, it will be okay.
Put the slightly unevenly coated biscuits into your pan and (here's where you have to do a little finger-work, even though this is the Lazy Mother's method....) spread biscuits into a single layer. Use whatever sugar mixture is left in the bowl to even out the coverage. Remind yourself that the monkey bread will be frosted with an insane amount of sugar and your children will not notice that the biscuits were dumped, not dipped.
Bake for 20 minutes. In the meantime, mix up that insane glaze. When the monkey bread has cooled for about 10 minutes, pour the glaze over the top and call the children in to admire your culinary skills. Praise them for appreciating you. Pat yourself on the back for making slumber parties fun with things like Monkey Bread for breakfast and ice cream sundaes, complete with Butterfingers and M & Ms, the night before. Remind yourself that you were entirely in the right to not let them watch that PG-rated movie that a friend brought over last night.
Eat some monkey bread before the kids finish off the pan, and ask yourself why you ever bought into that dipping thing in the first place.