Merry Christmas and Monkeys!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas at the Char household is always full of people and food. And food. Last night we had a party where some delicious curry and steak was served. Mmm. And cookies, of course! None I made, but yummy nonetheless :) When we opened gifts this morning, I got even more cookies (Japanese ones!) and sweets. Goodness me. I’m supposed to be losing weight, not gaining it. Heh. (YOLO.)

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Stuff for curry. Look at the colors!
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Mmm steak.

To my delight, I received a KitchenAid Digital Hand Mixer (from William Sonoma)! Good thing too–my roomie and I were struggling as we stirred everything with spoons, forks, and chopsticks for much longer than we liked. I’ll let you know how it works once I get back to school and concoct something new ^_^

This morning we had people over for a huge breakfast. The menu? Creamed salmon, scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon bits, fried rice, Belgian waffles, Mahi Mahi, and Monkey Bread made by yours truly! Monkey bread has become a popular dish nowadays, and I recently discovered that there are many variations to it–caramel, peanut butter and chocolate, dinner rolls, and so many more. Some variations can be found here

As per my younger cousin’s request for tradition, I made Cinnamon Monkey Bread! I was flattered to be told that it was delicious and a hit, as almost all of it was quickly demolished. I had always used a bunt pan and entire biscuits, but this time I cut the biscuits into quarters and put them in shallower pans to make it easier to eat.

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Quartered biscuits for easy eating.

And as usual, I just guessed on how much cinnamon and sugar needed to be mixed together, as well as how much butter needed to be used. Eh, it’s all guesswork anyways. Keeps things interesting.

They turned out yummy and gooey with cinnamon and sugar! Yeeeeee! These make perfect breakfast meals/desserts. All meals should be desserts anyways. Hehe. 

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Stack ’em up!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Pillsbury biscuits
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in a large bowl. Mix cinnamon and sugar in another bowl. Feel free to add more or less cinnamon if you want more or less cinnamon flavor!
  2. Quarter biscuits. Dip each one in butter to coat, then cover with the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat generously. Place in ungreased pan. Squish and stack the biscuits close together to fill all the space. (Any pan will do; usually it’s easier to bake with less layers of biscuits.)
  3. If you have extra butter and/or cinnamon-sugar goodness, feel free to spread it over the top of the biscuits in the pan!
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for at least 10 minutes. To eat, simply pull the pieces apart and enjoy!

Have fun! If you try any other variations, let me know which ones turn out well! I’ll have to try them sometime ^_^

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But all baking and sillies aside, let’s all remember the true meaning of Christmas. This day is to celebrate the birth of our amazing, glorious Lord who loves us all so much–how can we even imagine or understand anything He’s done? It’s just all too much. When I think of all the great things in life, from the blessings to the struggles, I get so overwhelmed with it all. He is so good to us, so much as to send His Son to die to save us. All because He loves us. How crazy is that? He’s the only reason we can enjoy great food and great friends and family. He’s the only reason we can smile and laugh and celebrate this glorious, joyful day. He gives us our joy and peace and hope, and there is no gift greater than that. Thanks, God. You’re the best. 

Hope you all had a great Christmas! Love you and happy baking ^_^

syd

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