October is the month for all things spooky and scary, but it’s also a great time to enjoy some of our favorite treats! Settle into your comfy chair with a hot cup of cocoa and a slice of this monkey bread. This sweetbread can be enjoyed any time of the day, but we’ve given you something special just for Halloween! This version of monkey bread is perfect for a spooky treat because it is designed to look like brains.
Monkey Brain Bread
I am a huge fan of breakfast for any meal of the day. I think that pancakes are perfectly acceptable for dinner and that cereal is perfect any time of day. That’s why I feel that monkey bread is perfect for breakfast, as an after-school snack, and for dessert.
I’ve seen them served sweet and savory and I don’t think that there’s a bad way to prepare a big serving of pull-apart bread. For this Halloween-inspired treat, I paired the biscuit-based loaf with sweet strawberry filling for this fun and delicious Monkey Brain Bread.
You can totally go with the traditional cinnamon-sugar flavor, but I wanted a bit more of gorey effect, so adding in the red fruit filling was perfect! Then I poured the pie filling over the loaf for an oozing bloody look! The candy eyeballs and monkey skeleton I got at Target just made serving it up even better!
Trust me – the kids are going to love it!! I know I did.
What is monkey bread?
Monkey bread is a sweet bread dessert that is often made with cinnamon, sugar, and butter. Sometimes it is made from scratch, but often times it is made using biscuit dough. The dough is rolled into balls, rolled in cinnamon sugar, and has butter poured over it. It is then baked. The treat is then eaten like a pull-apart bread and enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.
In this case, since this is the Brains Edition, the monkey bread is coating with a strawberry filling to make the textured outside the monkey bread look like brains.
How to cook it brain like
The biscuit dough is mixed together with strawberry pie filling to create the brain tissue. The dough is wrapped around some of the filling so that it is baked inside. Then after the monkey bread is baked and flipped over, more pie filling is drizzled over the top. Between the texture of the monkey bread and the pie filling drizzled over top, this is going to remind your guests of brain tissue.
It’s simple to stuff your biscuits with pie filling. Once you quarter your biscuits, simply open them up and add a small amount of strawberry pie filling and then pinch it closed. It’s a process to make them all, but I thought it was totally worth it.
Once it’s baked up, you can see little spots where the filling oozed through but that just adds to the overall effect. Serve it up with some “spinal fluid” dipping sauce. That’s just more pie filling mixed with whipped cream 🙂 But it’s always fun to pretend.
I think this would be super fun at a Halloween party for the kids. Monkey Brain Bread serves a lot of people, tastes great, and is so fun to watch your guests think back to the scene in Indiana Jones when they get served chilled monkey brains for dessert.
- 2 cans of refrigerator biscuit dough
- 1 can of Strawberry Pie Filling
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 C butter, melted
- Wilton candy eyeballs
- 1 C sweetened whipped cream or Cool Whip
- Adam's Extract Red Food Coloring, optional
- Pop open the refrigerator biscuits and try not to scare your self. Cut each of the biscuits into 4 pieces. Set aside.
- Open the pie filling and pour over a strainer. Push the jelly through the strainer into a bowl and reserve the fruit. Open the biscuit pieces and add a small amount of fruit to the center and pinch close. You'll know how much is enough or too much when it oozes out the sides.
- Preheat the oven to 350F and add nonstick baking spray to a large bundt pan.
- Sprinkle the dough pieces with sugar and place them into the bundt pan. Pour the melted butter over top and bake for 45 - 60 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Turn the monkey bread out on to a serving plate and cool for an hour.
- Use the reserved pie filling jelly and spoon over top of the bread. accessorize with Wilton candy eyeballs.
- Serve with "spinal fluid" by mixing the pie filling jelly with sweetened whipped cream or cool whip.
Don't want to use a can of pie filling? No problem. Simply slice some strawberries up and pop those into the center of the biscuits pieces. To make the "bloody" topping, mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 - 3 tablespoons of milk and enough of Adam's Extract Red Food Coloring to make a red glaze. Pour over the monkey bread and serve.
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