Let me start by saying I am not a cook. This will never be a food blog with the pretty professional pictures. I have a mild panic attack when attending parties where you’re supposed to bring a side. I am the first to sign up for a couple bags of chips and a jar of salsa. Or I’ll run to the grocery store, buy some pre-made potato salad and dump it in my own bowl.
I just don’t enjoy cooking. I’m impatient. Everything I cook is kinda iffy. I can’t remember the last time I sat down with a home cooked meal and received 5 stars from the table. I sit and wait for the moment Scott will say “it’s good but….it needs this….or next time do this….or I’ll just have cereal.” He doesn’t even try to smile and pretend.
My kids live off pasta, tacos and soup/sandwich nights. Scott grills a lot. And I buy the pre-made sides.
The past few parties I’ve gone to with a side-in-hand got rave reviews. I’ve have been asked for the recipe several times.
It’s not a pre-made from the store. It’s an actual recipe – not my own recipe but it’s something that requires me to be in the kitchen. It’s monkey bread. It’s not dense and filling like most monkey breads. The bread is light and airy. It’s buttery, gooey and a complete mess when you eat them. It’s amazing.
I got this recipe from my sister. Who, in turn, got this from her mother-in-law. I don’t know the original source. For all I know, it could be on every major recipe site and I’m just repeating it here. Most of the work is done the night before – which is good because the last place I want to be in the mornings is figuring out a recipe in the kitchen.
So here you go. You know it’s easy if I can’t screw it up:
Rhodes dinner rolls – in freezer section
Package of butterscotch pudding (NOT instant) – If I were to screw this up, this would be the place. DO NOT GET INSTANT. The “cook and serve” is what you want.
1/2 c brown sugar
6 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp cinnamon
Pam spray, to grease pan.
Night before: Put 18 frozen rolls in greased pan. It will look like it is not enough. Fight the urge to add more rolls. I like to use the flower shaped pan – I have no idea what the technical term is but it’s this one:
Melt butter and pour on top of frozen rolls. Sprinkle on dry ingredients – brown sugar, cinnamon and butterscotch pudding. Like, open the butterscotch package and sprinkle on the powder (I could also see myself screwing this up by actually making the butterscotch pudding then pouring it on. Do not do this.) Let rolls rise overnight. My sister suggested putting a damp towel over it so it doesn’t rise out of pan.
In morning: Take off the damp towel and bake 350 for 30 min. I would check after 20 minutes. No one likes burnt monkey bread.
Boom. Easy. Totally blog-worthy.