Welcome to the second day of the Between The Lines Tour. Today I am hosting a particularly delicious guest post from the author, Jennifer Murgia!
MONKEY BREAD ~ Is Not Just For Dessert
Human existence craves comfort . . . a soft touch, a smile, an acknowledgement, comfort food. It keeps us sane and at ease because the world is harsh, and life deals us cards we’ve never asked for, and no, it’s not all that bad—not all the time. But sometimes we need something . . . something sweet to tell our inner psyche that all is okay.
Writing my latest Young Adult novel, BETWEEN THESE LINES, was like crossing a line for me. An edgy line marred with barbs and endless outcomes—it’s a book that carefully treads on topics that may be uncomfortable to readers: death, rape, drugs, alcohol, bullying . . . it’s a harsh lineup, but unfortunately, teens experience all of these—they always have. That’s why I needed a sweet metaphor to lighten the topics in the story. I chose Monkey Bread. It’s the glue for my character Chase Mitman, a tormented boy who lost his parents in a horrific accident and is now being raised by his Great Aunt Claudie. Aunt Claudie’s recipe for Monkey Bread provides the symbol of stability, security, love and focus for Chase—its sugary sweetness holds his world, his emotions together . . . keeps him whole . . . when he needs it and when he least expects it.
Find the sweetness in your life. Devour it. Savor it. Keep some leftovers for when you need it—and let it bring you home when you’ve lost your way.
4 cans refrigerator biscuits (about 40)
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup pecans, raisins and/or coconut, if desired
Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Pour sugar and cinnamon into a plastic bag and mix.
Add biscuit pieces, several at a time; shake to coat well.
Place pieces in a buttered tube or Bundt pan until all are used.
Sprinkle layers with nuts, raisins or coconut.
Bring brown sugar and butter to a boil in saucepan. Cool 10 minutes, then pour over top of biscuits.
Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes before removing from pan. Turn upside down to serve.
How delicious does that look??? YUM!
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