Apr 21, 2010

Gorilla bread

I made this gorilla bread for Mr. G's potluck party last week. It was kinda last minute, so I needed something quick. I bookmarked this recipe awhile ago from Paula Deen and I thought I would give it a try. This recipe got rave reviews, but I have to say it was way too rich for me. I guess I should have known, it is a Paula Deen recipe.

I think I would prefer the normal monkey bread. This gorilla bread with the cream cheese filling is a bit of an overkill. It already has the biscuit dough which is incredibly rich. The topping with the sugar, cinnamon and walnut is yummy, but I think I would prefer to omit the cream cheese next time.

Here's the recipe if you want to give it a go.

Gorilla Bread
from Paula Deen

1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
2 (12-ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits (10 count)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon. In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over low heat, stirring well; set aside.

3. Cut the cream cheese into 20 equal cubes. Press the biscuits out with your fingers and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar. Place a cube of cream cheese in the center of each biscuit, wrapping and sealing the dough around the cream cheese.

4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the nuts into the bottom of the bundt pan. Place half of the prepared biscuits in the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, pour half of the melted butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle on 1/2 cup of nuts. Layer the remaining biscuits on top, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar, pour the remaining butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of nuts. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Place a plate on top and invert.



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