Everyone loves a good homemade dessert, but not everyone likes to take the time to make one. That’s where baking shortcuts come in. Instead of picking up your next cake or pie at the grocery store, enlist baking shortcuts and make homemade desserts with the help of a little cake, pudding, or biscuit mix. This summer, instead of wasting your time in the kitchen, prepare one of these eight recipes, and then get out in the sun while your homemade shortcut dessert bakes in the oven or cools in the refrigerator.
1. Easy Monkey Bread
This recipe from PopSugar is the perfect example of how a seemingly sophisticated breakfast treat or dessert can become quite simple with the help of a few shortcuts. While the idea of homemade monkey bread can seem daunting, this recipe requires only five ingredients, and can be baked in just 25 minutes. Instead of wrestling with flour and yeast, pick up refrigerated biscuit dough at the grocery store and you’re good to go. Then, all you need is sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter to make your monkey bread dreams come true.
- 3 cans refrigerated biscuit dough
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 12 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Thoroughly grease a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Add the granulated sugar and cinnamon to a resealable plastic bag, seal it, and shake until combined. Separate the dough into the biscuit rounds, and then cut each into quarters. Add them to the bag in two batches; shake to coat.
Arrange the biscuit pieces in the bundt pan. Whisk together the butter and brown sugar. Pour it over the biscuits. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in the middle. Serve warm.