Monkey Bread!

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OK..  I am writing this one down before I forget it!  I usually don’t experiment too much.  I never have good results.  I usually stick to other people’s proven recipes; then, if it doesn’t work, I can blame it on the recipe…. ahem!

However, I don’t know what came over me last night… Oh!  I remember!  I hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast and I was STARVED!  Enter in “experiment!”  And, luckily for you, it turned out FANTABULOUS!

The night before I had made a double batch of bread sticks.  I thought that I would cook half up and then put the rest in the refrigerator for Saturday.  Well, we were cleaning all day and I forgot I had it in the refrigerator.  At 6 p.m. everyone was begging me for food…. not good!  We usually eat much earlier on a Saturday.  Eating that late interferes with getting everyone ready for church and all the heavy house cleaning that goes on.  I really wasn’t in the mood for bread sticks, either.  So, I took the dough out and divided it into small dough balls.  I sprayed a muffin tin with cooking spray.  I took each ball, placed about a tsp of chocolate chips in it, rolled it into a ball, then dipped it into some hot cocoa mix that I had on hand.  I put three cocoa covered balls into each muffin whole.  I took about a half a cube of butter and melted it, then I just kept adding brown sugar to the butter until I got a thick, gooey consistency, then I poured that over the bread.  I baked them at 350 for about 18 minutes or so, and they were GREAT!

HOWEVER!  DON’T STOP THERE!!!

Had I had the ingredients and the patience to finish these little bad boys, I would have gone a little bit further!  The flavors would have been fantastic!  When you roll the dough into little balls, place a few chocolate chips into each ball, then roll it up and dip it in the dry hot cocoa mix (similar to chicken pillows–only chocolate pillows!)  I would have sprinkled a few nuts on them as well had I had any.  Then when they are all done baking and still nice and warm, I would have DRIZZLED cream cheese frosting on them!   But, we’ll save that for another time.  My diet thanks me for not doing all that!

After they finished baking and we had enjoyed a couple of them, I let them finish cooling completely before I placed them in a plastic sack and put them in the refrigerator.  I warmed one up this morning and it was perfect for a Sunday morning quick breakfast!

Breadstick Dough Recipe:

3 cups of flour (more if needed)

1/2 tsp salt

2 T sugar

In a seperate bowl add and mix the following:

1 1/2 C warm water

1 T yeast

1 T sugar

When your yeast mixture is all bubbly, add it to the flour mixture and mix well until no flour is left on the side of the mixing bowl.  Allow it to rise for about a half an hour.

This batch will make only one dozen, so, if there is only one or two of you, then you’re good; however, if your family is the size of mine, you might want to double or even triple it.

UPDATE:  I added the chocolate chips and icing and it was F-A-NOM-I-N A L!!!!

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