Monday, July 25, 2011

Classic Camping Recipe: Monkey Bread

photo: Annie Shapiro

Monkey Bread is one of those camping foods that starts with a tube of Pillsbury dough. So I use the term "recipe" loosely. Still, it's a classic and the kids love it, and so do I! It's delicious!

Why is Monkey Bread called Monkey Bread? Many of us campers think it's because the kids rip the "loaf" apart as if they were little monkeys. Hard to think of any other reason, isn't it? And only the Boy Scouts know for sure.

Have fun, and remember the butter!  

Monkey Bread

Serves: 4-6

1 tube of refrigerated biscuit dough
½ c. of brown sugar
1 T. of cinnamon
1 large Ziploc bag

1.  Grease a skillet or Dutch Oven with butter.
2.  Let the kids mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a plastic bag.
3.  Have the kids pull biscuits off the roll and shake each biscuit in the bag of cinnamon sugar.
4.  Place the biscuits in the skillet or Dutch Oven.
5.  Dot each biscuit with butter.
6.  Cover and cook the bread over medium heat for 20-30 minutes.  If you cook this in a Dutch Oven, pile hot coals on top with your camp shovel.

“Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold.”
- Judith Olney

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  1. One of the strangest named but yummiest items I've ever had!

  2. Yes, you have to be made of stone not to like Monkey Bread.

  3. Can this be made in a conventional oven?I really want to make some...Thank you!!

  4. Dear Anonymous, Unlike S'Mores - which I just made last night on the stove, call me desperate - this is one camping dish that comes out great in a conventional oven. We have made it ourselves on bleak, rainy days, and it brightens up one's outlook considerably. Just pop it in the oven in the skillet with a piece of foil over it and bake at the temperature called for on the roll of dough - usually 350. Enjoy, and let me know how it turns out!

  5. Thanks you for the great camping recipe.

    Camping Trail

  6. Can these be cooked in tin foil over grill?

    1. Probably. I would double or triple the foil under the bread and make sure there's plenty of butter in the foil.

  7. yes....baked in a "conventional oven"....almost any dutch oven recipe can be converted.... use same time table @ 350 degrees. Happy cooking~~ :)

  8. do you put foil over the cast iron skillet to lock int he heat when it is on the fire?

    1. We usually cover the pan with a big old saucepan lid, but tin foil would work just as well!