Recipe of the Week: Gorilla Bread

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by Leigh Sackett

I was reminded by my wonderful friend Katherine that one of the great joys of the Holiday season is baking. Of course, there are so many things that we all love to do during the Holiday season but often we don’t have enough time for half of them. Well, I am doing all my Christmas shopping early this year so that I am certain to make time for baking.

 This recipe would be great to give as a gift, make on Christmas morning or as a special treat for the kids before heading off to church on a Sunday morning to enjoy Christmas hymns.

This bread is from the fabulous Paula Deen and it sure is sweet and wonderful! With a name like Gorilla bread it must be an even bigger and better than monkey bread. A perfect ten!

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese

2 (12-ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits (10 count)

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

-Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon.

-In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over low heat, stirring well; set aside. -Cut the cream cheese into 20 equal cubes. Press the biscuits out with your fingers and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar. Place a cube of cream cheese in the center of each biscuit, wrapping and sealing the dough around the cream cheese.

-Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the nuts into the bottom of the bundt pan. Place half of the prepared biscuits in the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, pour half of the melted butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle on 1/2 cup of nuts.

-Layer the remaining biscuits on top, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar, pour the remaining butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of nuts.

-Bake for 30 minutes.

-Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Place a plate on top and invert.