Sunday, April 5, 2015

Kitchen Creations: Apple Pie Monkey Bread

Now let me preface this and all future "foodie" posts with ... I am not a chef. I barely qualify as a cook somedays. Most days I just muddle along, usually altering most recipes because I decided to cook somthig that was not on the weekly meal plan and of course, I only have part of the ingredients! Welcome to my spontaneous life!

So with today being Easter, I decided to make a dessert to take to my grandparents' house for our family gathering. One Friday, I made the same, but slightly similar dessert for a get together at our house with some friends.

A few years ago, at the start of my husband's Army career I "accidentally" created an Apple Pie Monkey Bread. I had intended to make some sort of pizza roll dish and missed a step. Sice I had the "roll" part of it created, I altered it thus creating this dish that many of our military friends have asked for. Over the years I have tried many variations, but apple remains my favorite. 

2 cans of ready to bake biscuits
1 (21 oz) can of apple (or any) pie filiing
2 TBSP butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven according to directions on the ready to bake biscuits. Grease baking 9x12-in baking dish.

2. Cut ready to bake biscuits into quarters and roll by hand into balls. Line baking pan with dough balls, layering if needed. (Sometimes I get an extra can od buscuits to make a full second roll.) Depending on the type of dough you get, make sure to leave enough room for it to rise. I often forget and have a mess to clean!

3. Bake in oven according to directions, making sure that it is cooked completely though before removing. (Once covered with the pie filling, the dough underneath does not cook.)

4. When the dough is done cooking, pull it out and set aside. Combine apple pie filling, butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and cook on stove until combined. 

5. Pour apple pie mixture on top of cook dough, place baking dish on cookie sheet to catch drips and place back in oven for 5 minutes. (This is why you need to understand how much the biscuit dough will rise. Pillsbury Grands rise a lot more than their regular biscuits and I often have a mess to clean.)

Today I made a cranberry apple version This is also the point I add extras like chopped pecans, crumb topping, etc. 

6. Remove from oven and let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.

As you can see, the family loved it!! 

Until our next cup of tea ...

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