They Don’t Call it Fat Tuesday for Nothing! Celebrate with This Sticky-Sweet King Cake Monkey Bread

02/09/2016 at 11:37 AM ET

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If your vision of Mardi Gras is stumbling down Bourbon Street in a hoard of strangers stepping in very questionable puddles, you are only partially correct.

In reality, there’s so much more to the holiday. Parades, historic crews, distinct microcultural traditions, and, of course…King Cake. The oval-shaped confection adorned with purple, green and gold sprinkles is as much a simple of the holiday as a neck full of beads.

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The classic recipe is is pretty involved, with a finicky dough that requires rolling out, rolling up, and multiple rises. If it’s done right, it’s a basically a giant soft, yeasty cinnamon roll with a sticky-sweet glaze that is so worth the labor.

But it’s Fat Tuesday already, and who has time for that? Our recipe takes a major shortcut by turning it into a monkey bread with store-bought cinnamon rolls jazzed up with buttery brown sugar and toasted pecans. With these 5 simple steps, you’ll be gorging in under 45 minutes.

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1. Cut the cinnamon rolls into quarters.

Step 1    

2. Toss them in a mixture of melted butter, dark brown sugar, toasted pecans and a pinch of salt for good measure.

Step 2

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3. Transfer to a greased bundt pan.

Step 3

4. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, let cool slightly and then flip over onto a plate.

Step 4

5. Pour glaze over (yes, the one that comes in the tube with the rolls) and decorate with purple, green and gold sprinkles). Pro tip: We couldn’t find the right color sprinkles, so we used shredded coconut flakes dyed with food coloring. Bonus = extra flavor!

Step 5

And of course, if you can find a small baby figurine at the last minute, pop that in there through the bottom after it’s already baked. Whoever gets the slice with the baby has to bring the cake next year! Get the full recipe below.

King Cake Monkey Bread
Serves 8-10
4 (17.5 oz) tubes refrigerated cinnamon roll dough (with icing), cut into quarters.
1 stick butter, melted
¼ cup dark brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
¼ tsp. salt
Non-stick spray
Purple, green, and gold sprinkles (or shredded coconut flakes dyed with food coloring)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, stir together butter, brown sugar, pecans and salt. Toss in the chunks of dough and stir to coat.

2. Transfer to bundt pan sprayed with nonstick spray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until deeply golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes and then flip over onto a plate or serving tray. Pour the icing (from the tube) over the cake and top with sprinkles. Serve immediately!

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Monkey Bread meets King Cake – I love it! I made a King Cake filled with cheesecake, which I was happy with. This looks equally festive!