Dear Readers:

Last week, we shared the recipe for making doughnuts from canned biscuits. This week, we are going to share the recipe for "Monkey" Bread, which you also make from canned biscuits.

This recipe is a favorite in my office, and it's included in my book "In the Kitchen With Heloise."

Here's what you need:


1/2 cup margarine or butter

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup finely chopped nuts

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

3 (12-ounce) cans buttermilk biscuits

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Coat the inside of a bundt pan with cooking spray or butter.

Melt the margarine in a pot or bowl. Mix the sugars, nuts and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

Open one can of biscuits, separate, and cut each into four sections. Next, roll each quarter into a ball and then put each one into the sugar mixture to coat.

Place the balls in the bundt pan in a single layer and drizzle a little melted butter evenly over the top. Repeat with the other two cans of biscuits.

Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the top and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Be sure to let cool for a minute or two before turning the bread onto a plate and carefully removing the pan. If you leave the "monkey" bread in the pan much longer, it will stick and be hard to remove.


Dear Heloise:

It seemed that no matter how careful my family was, a piece of silverware always ended up going into the garbage disposal.

To finally solve this problem, I put a container of soapy water on the counter next to the sink, and I told everyone that all silverware is to go in there -- do not put it in the sink.

Since starting this, not one piece has been subjected to the grind!

Marian Post, Las Vegas

How right your are! My mother, the original Heloise, did this, and I do the same. A bonus is that the silverware is almost clean when you pull it out.

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