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Keisha McKinney’s Monkey Bread

Easy Monkey Bread via @bigpittstop arkansaswomenbloggers.com

Biscuit’s what we’ve been talking about all month.  Grands has perfected them and we can get them in a can or frozen by the bag.  Our Sister, has yet to let us in on her secret, but who cares when you can eat them by the panful (or as a cinnamon roll or wrapped around a sausage link)!  Homemade are soft and fluffy with that perfect golden edge. And, I’ve already told you guys that I’m the luckiest gal because Mr. McKinney < http://arkansaswomenbloggers.com/keisha-mckinney-mr-mckinneys-biscuits/> has them down pat, or at least by the recipe he keeps on the notepad in his phone!

The 5th of this month was our first Anniv and we celebrated by a quick weekend away in Natchez, MS.  One of the perks of being in South AR is that it was only a 5 hour drive.  We felt like we got away without having to go to far…and you know we made it in to an adventure!

When I was doing my excursion research, I found that they had a biscuit tour.  Yep, you read that right.  My husband was taking me away for a weekend straight off the set of Steel Magnolias with southern homes, southern cooking, coffee shops, flower gardens, and potentially a trip to the casino.  I had to find something to get him through the weekend.  We bought our tickets at the visitor center and with our biscuit passport in hand we were off.  Except, no one in town on the biscuit tour stop knew they were a biscuit tour stop so showing our card and asking for biscuits really became the best excitement of the trip.  If you think ladies in AR get in a tizz when they don’t know what’s going on…you should see a Mississippi 60 yr. old Southern Belle try to figure out what to do with your card so she “still gets paid.”

None the less, biscuits are heaven.  We had them traditional with homemade jam.  Plain with butter melted on top.  Cut like silver dollars (my new personal favorite).  But, the best were the savory ones with bits of bacon and herbs spread throughout.  They were so magical that one particular restaurant used this biscuit dough as a topper to their brisket pot pie and I could not stay out of it.

Growing up, my mama always kept “cheap” biscuits on hand and I find myself doing the same thing.  Whether its to put in the bottom of a cupcake tin as the base of an appetizer, when I forget to get something for Sunday breakfast, or to make the amazingness we really came here to talk about today…Easy Monkey Bread. This is one of those recipes for me I just always remember my mama making.  And one of the earliest she let me help her with. 

Its easy to make, it only takes a few ingredients.  And, you can put it in the oven and still have time to take a shower and fix your hair and serve it piping hot at home or even take it on the road and impress your coworkers. 

Nothing crazy or magical, just easy monkey bread.

Now that I’m the grown up, I do sometimes switch out butterscotch pudding mix for the cinnamon and with the melted butter, it makes a super caramel sauce on top. 

 

All I can say is hot or cold, it’s biscuits, covered in cinnamon, sugar and butter. Enjoy!

Keisha McKinney: Easy Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 10- ounce cans biscuits
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease well a 10” Bundt pan. Set aside.
  3. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  4. Cut biscuits into quarters and coat by dipping each piece in to cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  5. Place in the Bundt pan, spreading evenly as you drop them.
  6. Melt butter and add brown sugar; stir together until sugar is dissolved.
  7. Pour this mixture over top of biscuits.
  8. Cover pan with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook for 10-15 more minutes or until center is no longer doughy.
  9. Allow pan to cool for 5-10minutes.
  10. Flip onto a heat resistant plate
  11. Enjoy with a big glass of milk or your favorite cup of coffee!
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Keisha (PKeisha Pittman McKinney Big Pitt Stop #ARWBittman) McKinney is settling in to her new married life in South AR after she #becamemrsmckinney.  A Digital Media Director by day for a church in Northwest Arkansas, Keisha is remembering what its like to plan ahead for shopping trips to “the city,” getting resourceful at her small town Walmart and creating online shopping personas everywhere.  She blogs @bigpittstop about daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats and the social justice cases on her heart.

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Alicia Dowell: My Daddy’s Ugly Biscuits

Growing up my Momma was the main cook in our house. She was a great cook however, as us kids got older the cooking duties shifted to us. The best times were when my Daddy took the cooking duties for the night. Those times quickly became my favorite (sorry Momma!) because it meant I could spend a little extra time with my Daddy without my sisters.

My Daddy seem to pull things out of thin air and make a meal. My Momma was also very good at this but Daddy was a master at it. I remember one time, he took rice (Riceland was also used in my parent’s house), cream of mushroom soup, and ground hamburger. He called it S.O.S. I am sure most of y’all know exactly what that means. There are many times I have pulled this one out and used to Glitter’s delight.

I would say the best one of his recipes was for his ugly biscuits.  My sisters and I called them this because these biscuits weren’t going win any beauty contests. It follows the saying it may not look pretty, but it sure tastes delicious. Daddy was not much of a baker, but these turned out so good. There was kind of a standing order for the biscuits every month.

Daddy's Ugly Biscuits Alicia Dowell ARWB

Now imagine my shock when my shock when my Daddy told me they were Bisquick biscuits. Y’all trust me they are easy to make and so very yummy!

Alicia Dowell:My Daddy’s Ugly Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 up of Bisquick Mix
  • 2/3 up of Milk ( I used 2%)
  • 1/4 easpoon of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients until a dough is formed.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of dough on a non greased cookie sheet.
  4. Cook 8 to 10 minutes until the peaks are golden brown.
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Alicia Dowell lives in a little city called Hope with her college sweetheart and their daughter. She is a lover of gardening, their back-yard chickens, yarn, blogging, Disney music and photography. By day you can find her working at a state park and by night (or the light of her computer screen) she can be found blogging at Simple Words by A or on Instagram which is her favorite social media hangout.

 

Keisha McKinney: Mr. McKinney’s Biscuits

 

Mr. McKinney's Morning Biscuits arkansaswomenbloggers.com

One of the first gifts I gave my husband was a Tervis with candy in it. Yes, I felt like I was in middle school. I mean, what gift do you give a boy who you know you really, really like, but you don’t have an official “status” with?  I love giving gifts and I couldn’t image his 30th birthday in a new town with new friends coming and going without some kind of birthday present.  I knew he had a 2 hour commute each day, so I thought it was an easy option without being too invasive. And, even better, it had the mascot logo of our alma mater   on it.

Then, came Christmas.  As if buying for a birthday wasn’t hard enough, what do you do get for a 30 year old man for Christmas that won’t make him run away?  I went with the milk frothier and biscuit cutter.  Both were related to inside jokes and I thought it would remind him that I was listening.  Plus, on my limited budget at the time, I could get each with a 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Little did I know that both of those gifts would eventually sit in my kitchen cabinets and work to my advantage on a Saturday morning!

Our favorite thing around our house is a lazy, unplanned Saturday.  And, if I’m smart enough to notice one is coming early in the week,  I’ll grab a few extra ingredients for  a lazy Saturday morning breakfast.  But, my favorite is when that impromptu moment happens and Mr. McKinney decides it is his turn to cook breakfast.  Sometimes that involves some cheesy scrambled eggs.  Sometimes an opened can of cinnamon rolls.  And then there is the Saturday mornings I get to sit at the counter with a fresh cup of coffee and frothed creamer and watch him make biscuits. (yes, I finally used one of those BBB coupons and bought him a pastry cutter for the cold butter)

Now, I can’t thank his previous roommate for all the habits he taught him.  But I am oh so grateful that this biscuit recipe was on the list of things he picked up in bachelorhood!

 

Keisha McKinney: Mr. McKinney’s Biscuits

Keisha McKinney: Mr. McKinney’s Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening, chilled
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a glass bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Cut butter and shortening in to tiny cubes.
  4. Drop in bowl around the edge of the dry ingredients.
  5. Using your fingers, incorporate the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients.
  6. Continue to mix with your fingers until the mixture is the texture of breadcrumbs.
  7. Pour milk and honey on top of dry ingredients.
  8. Stir together all ingredients until fully incorporated.
  9. Dust counter top with flour.
  10. Turn dough out on to floured counter.
  11. Sprinkle top of dough with flour.
  12. Knead dough by turning edges into middle and pressing into center.
  13. Sprinkle with more flour and continue kneading until mixture no longer sticks to your fingers.
  14. Once dough is no longer “super sticky,” press out, on counter with your hand to a ½-inch thickness.
  15. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray or use a cooking stone to bake biscuits.
  16. Dip biscuit cutter in flour and cut out biscuits.
  17. Combine and re-knead together scraps until they are all used to cut out biscuits.
  18. Melt ½ stick of butter and brush tops of biscuits before placing in the oven. Bake at 350 for 12-15 min or until golden brown on top.
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Now, if you are really feeling crazy you can make these biscuits savory.  On one particular Saturday, we found ourselves hosting the Posey women (Mr. McKinney’s mom and aunts).  After he made these delightful treats for breakfast, I just insisted that he show off and he made a second batch for lunch.  We folded in cheddar cheese and dried rosemary and used the smallest biscuit cutter in the set to have a basket full of fluffy delights for our luncheon.  Let me tell you, they were more than impressed with his domestic skills.

I really should just thank @unashamedpanda <www.instagram.com/unashamedpanda> for his domestic skills and patience in helping us figure out the recipe with no instructions!

 

Keisha (PKeisha Pittman McKinney Big Pitt Stop #ARWBittman) McKinney is settling in to her new married life in South AR after she #becamemrsmckinney.  A Digital Media Director by day for a church in Northwest Arkansas, Keisha is remembering what its like to plan ahead for shopping trips to “the city,” getting resourceful at her small town Walmart and creating online shopping personas everywhere.  She blogs @bigpittstop about daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats and the social justice cases on her heart.

Follow Keisha:
Blog –bigpittstop: new journey, new normal, new you –  http://www.bigpittstop.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/bigpittstop
Twitter – https://twitter.com/bigpittstop
Instagram – http://instagram.com/bigpittstop#
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/bigpittstop/
Periscope – @bigpittstop

 

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