All families have their favorite traditional Christmas breakfast treat. Over the years ours has flip flopped between cinnamon rolls and french toast and egg casseroles. When we put out a search for a new breakfast treat for Christmas we got this amazing recipe from a family at our church. It has been years since I heard anyone mention Monkey Bread, let alone eaten any. For me the best part of this warm cinnamon sugar recipe is the fun assembly. Our youngest son helped me put this together and we had a great time. He thought it was so much fun rolling the dough and dipping it into the cinnamon sugar mixture. He was so excited and kept an eye on the oven while it baked. And has since asked when we will be making again.
Having a family be willing to share their most cherished family memories with you as well as the recipe for their family’s favorite Christmas breakfast treat defines community to us. When we talk about ‘Bridging the Gap’ in communities we are talking about coming together to listen, learn and share with the people of our communities. To love each other well and hear their hearts. This family has been such a blessing to us in the short time we have known them. Loving us and our family, making us feel a part of their family… that is what loving others well is all about. We are thankful for them and are humbled to call them our friends.
The smell filled our home while this was baking and gave us that warm Christmas feeling. What a blessing to make a recipe while you think about and pray for a special family. We pulled out a fancy plate and turned the pan over after pulling it out of the oven. It turned out perfectly. What a mouth watering way to start a special holiday morning. Buttery, cinnamon sugar, gooey goodness.
Christmas Monkey Bread
4 cans of dinner rolls (10 in each can)
1/2 Cup Sugar & 1 tsp cinnamon – set aside
1 1/2 sticks of butter, 1/4 Cup sugar, 1/4 Cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon
Open the cans of rolls and cut each one into quarters. Roll each piece into a ball and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place in a bunt pan. Pile them in until there is no more dough left. Pour the melted butter and sugar mixture over all the dough balls. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. Cool for 3 minutes then turn over on a plate to serve. Set in the middle of the table and let everyone pull pieces off while you enjoy sharing stories of Christmases past.
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