Feast on This: Gooey Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Monkey Bread for Easter

03/21/2016 at 12:21 PM ET

Easter Monkey Bread
Iain Bagwell

Let’s be honest: Dying eggs is fun and all, but Easter is all about the sweets.

Yes, brunch staples like grilled lamp chops, glazed honey ham and seasonal roasted veggies are delicious, but when it comes to dessert, well, it’s the undisputed star of the show.

Case in point, this chocolate and macadamia monkey bread created by the cofounders of Maman Bakery, exclusively featured in the new issue of PEOPLE (on stands now). Inspired by the New York City shop’s popular nutty chocolate-chunk cookie, this recipe is a must for your holiday celebration.

A decadent monkey bread with a mix of macadamia nuts, pecans, almonds, chocolate chips and a gooey, brown sugar butter sauce, you’ll want to make it all year long.

RELATED: Delicious Easter Recipes Made with Cadbury Créme Eggs

And the recipe couldn’t be easier – giving you more time to focus on decorating those Easter eggs.

Chocolate & Macadamia Monkey Bread
Serves: 12

¾ cup salted butter, melted
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
¾ cup plus 1 tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
⅓ cup chopped macadamia nuts
⅓ cup chopped pecans
⅓ cup chopped almonds
¾ cup dark chocolate chips
4 (7.5-oz.) cans refrigerated biscuit dough

1. Position rack in the lower third of the oven, and preheat to 350°. Lightly coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with some of the melted butter. Place remaining melted butter in a large bowl.

2. Stir together brown sugar, salt and ¾ cup of the granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Stir together macadamia nuts, pecans, almonds and chocolate chips in another medium bowl.

3. Cut each biscuit into quarters. Toss about one-third of the biscuit pieces in the remaining melted butter; roll in the sugar mixture to lightly coat, and place in an even layer in the Bundt pan. Sprinkle about one third of the nut mixture over biscuit layer. Repeat layers twice. Stir together remaining 1 tbsp. granulated sugar and any remaining melted butter from large bowl, and pour over the top of the monkey bread. Cover with aluminum foil.

4. Bake 40 minutes. Remove foil, and continue baking until puffy and golden, 15 to 20 more minutes. Loosen the bread from the sides of the pan using a knife or offset spatula. Carefully invert the pan onto a serving plate; remove the pan, and serve immediately.

Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

RELATED: Camila Alves Blogs: My Favorite Easter Decorating Ideas, Recipes & Tips

For more Easter recipes, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands now. 

–Michelle Ward Trainor

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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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