Generally I like to cook and bake from scratch, with my family it is always the more cost effective option. Sometimes though I am LAZY. I admit that sometimes the last thing I want to do in the world is…well much of anything. On those kind of days I will happily cheat my way to use the least amount of effort possible.
We love our sweets, any kind of sweet. For example if I make 3 dozen cookies they may last three days in our house. That is 36 cookies for a family of 5, so you see why I dont make sweets too often just for the sake of our health. Ok, for the sake of my waist band and my husbands cholesterol.
Today was one of those days where I knew that my husband and three boys would probably want something for supper (How unreasonable, right?). In the fridge I found almost enough left-overs for supper but just not quite enough to keep them from rummaging in the cupboard or fridge an hour after dinner looking for something more.
This where I pull out one of my top secret lazy treats. It is a great way of making them think I worked for hours to provide them with some fabulous labor-intensive treat. Today’s secret lazy recipe was Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread. It is real simple and always a hit. All you need is a few apples, frozen or tube cinnamon rolls, a little butter and brown sugar. Thats it.
For this batch I used 12 cinnamon rolls. If you use less adjust your pan size and apple amount as needed.
- 1 package of Rhodes Cinnamon rolls (12 rolls)
- 3 apples
- 1/4 cup butter (melted)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
- 1/8 cup (approximately) cinnamon sugar mix
How it’s made:
Take your cinnamon rolls out of the tube or in this case out of the freezer bag and cut them into pieces.
Peal 2 or 3 apples, I chose to use 2 macintosh and 1 grannysmith, and cut into 3/4″ pieces. Toss them with a little Cinnamon and sugar.
I used a 9 x 13 which I sprayed with some non-stick cooking spray. In the bottom of the pan I sprinkled about a 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Then I drizzled a 1/4 cup of melted butter over top of that. This will make a nice caramel like goo after it is done baking.
Next alternately put you apple and cinnamon roll pieces into the pan.
Cover with a tea towel and place in a warm area to rise. I lightly spray the top with cooking oil so it doesn’t stick to may towel. I used frozen rolls so it takes about an hour in the oven set at warm to double in size.
When they have risen preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove cover, place on center rak and bake for 35 to 45 minutes. I suggest checking them 10 minutes early, depending on your oven.
Most rolls come with icing, but if it doesn’t or you want more simply mix powder sugar with a little water until you get the consistency and amount you like. I like to put the icing on while they are still warm because it melts into all of those yummy pockets between the apples and roll pieces.
If no one was around or at the least not paying any attention they will believe that you are some sort of baking wizard, and it really was kind of cheating.
But that can be our secret.