Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Monkey Bread slathered with covers by Cassettes Won't Listen, Horse Feathers, Weed and Foxes in Fiction

As I mentioned previously, J-Fur's birthday was on November 14th and to celebrate I made her breakfast in bed. The sweet ying to the rest of the breakfast's yang was monkey bread, a dish that I had not heard of until our friend Betsy baked it up four years ago. This was my first try at making it myself and I loved how fun the recipe is. To make monkey bread, you break up pieces of dough, douse them in cinnamon and sugar and then piece them together in a cake pan. It was sort of like playing Tetris or building a log cabin, both of which I'm an expert at.

Monkey Bread

-3 packages refrigerated biscuit dough, cut into quarters
-1 cup sugar
-4 tsp. cinnamon
-1/2 cup unsalted butter
-1 cup brown sugar
-3/4 cup walnuts
-1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an angel food cake pan.

2. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a ziplock bag. Working six pieces of dough at a time, place into the ziplock bag, seal and shake until dough is completely covered. Place into angel food cake pan. Continue working six pieces at a time and lining the pan until all the dough is gone.

3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium heat. Stir until well combined. Add the raisins and walnuts and stir again.

4. Pour the raisin mixture over the monkey bread making sure to cover each piece of dough. Use a knife to smooth out the mixture.

5. Place the bread in the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool for ten minutes before removing the angel food cake middle from the rest of the pan. Pull apart the bread to serve (no need to cut).

It's not that there isn't great music coming out because there is. I attribute it more to the fact that there are also some great covers coming out. Since this dish is covered in butter and raisins and nuts I'll do it again (for like the second time this month). All covers.

First it is Weed and Foxes in Fiction teaming up to take a Katy Perry song and make it even dirtier than the original (I'm talking soundwise, not lyrical).

Weed and Foxes in Fiction-Teenage Dream (Katy Perry Cover)

Then there is the scratching and clicking of Cassettes Won't Listen impersonating Matt and Kim. Almost better than a pumpkin latte dude. Almost.

Cassettes Won't Listen-Cameras (Matt and Kim Cover)

Finally there is Horse Feathers asking Nirvana to lighten up, slow down and blow a little sunshine out their instruments.

Horse Feathers / Drain You cover from Lesley Graves on Vimeo.