Cinnamon Pull-Aparts (AKA Monkey Bread)

This is one of my most requested recipes! I always take it to family get-togethers and it seems to disappear before the meal is even served! It’s also one of the easiest and fastest cinnamon roll “type” recipes I have. I’ve made it for so many years I don’t have an exact recipe, I just throw it together anymore but this is really close to what I use. Hope you give it a try – I really think you will like it!!

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Easy Peasy Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

Is there anyone who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls? I haven’t met any of them if there are. But…sometimes you just don’t have the time to mix up yeast dough and let it rise twice. So when you want “yummy in a hurry”, biscuit cinnamon rolls are fast, easy and even though they don’t taste like yeast rolls, they are really good! Sometimes I make my own biscuits from scratch but sometimes even that takes to long so I use biscuit mix (like Bisquick or Pioneer). This batch was made with Pioneer (my favorite biscuit mix and available at Walmart). Now that they are done I’m not hungry for one right now – too much tasting of the frosting I guess – Well I had to make sure it was the right consistency and who can resist cream cheese frosting??? The best thing about these is that you can easily change anything about them and tailor them to your personal taste. You can use more or less sugar in the dough, more or less cinnamon and sugar in your filling, add nuts or raisins if you want and make your frosting thicker or thinner, put on more or less, whatever. Have fun with them and enjoy!!

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Paula Deen’s Ultimate Coffee Cake

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that the coming year will bring joy to each and everyone of you!

As you have probably been able to tell from the recipes I have posted, I am more of a baker than a cook and the recipes I tend to try are more in the desert line. I’m sure this love of baked goods comes from my earliest days. I can remember being 11 or 12 when I first started reading recipes and wanting to try them.  My Mother was a wonderful cook and cooked for a large family on a very limited budget. I will always be grateful to her for indulging my childhood wish to experiment. If I found a recipe I wanted to try and if the ingredients were available in our kitchen she gave me free range to bake any desert I wanted to taste test. I can remember trying pop-overs, eclairs, pies, cakes, puddings and more. 50 + years later I am still experimenting and trying new recipes – unfortunately I don’t have a houseful of people to be my taste testers any longer. Fortunately, I do have neighbors and friends who have been willing to step into the taste tester position for me.

This recipe is one that I found on Paula Deen’s site and just had to try! This pecan sticky pull apart is absolutely wonderful – it’s rich and gooey and very messy to eat but is so easy and so very good it’s worth the sticky fingers! The only change I made to Paula’s recipe is to add cinnamon to the brown sugar before sprinkling it over the rolls. This picture came from a site called Better Recipes and was posted by CMorrison64. I really hope you will try this pull apart as it only takes about 5 minutes to put together and the taste is the best sticky bun flavor I’ve found.

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