Mar's piece de resistance was a baked good referred to as a "Crown". It was labor intensive, requiring dough made from scratch. After rising, she would then form the dough into balls, coated in cinnamon sugar, with nuts and raisins, and placed in a Bundt pan. It would then be left over night to rise again, and baked in the morning. We would have it on special occasions, such as Christmas or Easter morning, or if we begged hard enough. Various family members have attempted to duplicate her efforts, but it has just not ever been the same.
A good fake-out is monkey bread. Surprisingly, several of my boys requested it for Christmas morning, as a "tradition". I had recently received a 2011 calendar from Pillsbury with recipes in it, including one for "Mini Caramel Pull-Apart Rolls". . . individual monkey breads. Ideal!
Mini Caramel Pull-Apart Rolls (General Mills)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cans (7.5 oz each) refrigerated biscuits
- Grease or spray 12 regular-size muffin cups. Mix butter and brown sugar; spoon 1 tablespoon mixture into each muffin cup.
- Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in 1-gallon bag. Separate dough into 20 biscuits; cut each in 6 pieces. Shake pieces in bag to coat. Place 10 pieces in each muffin cup.
- Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute; turn upside down. Serve warm.
Try not to burn your mouth! Enjoy!