Making this Mardi Gras monkey bread might help you still celebrate this year. Especially since the celebrations in NOLA have been canceled or rescheduled for 2021. If you enjoy monkey bread you are sure to love this recipe too. Mardi Gras is always thought of as a bright and enthusiastic tradition.
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Sticky Sweet Mardi Gras Monkey Bread Recipe
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray the inside of a bundt pan with non-stick baking spray.
- Remove the cinnamon rolls from their tubes and cut each biscuit in half and then in half again so you have four pieces from each biscuit.
- In a medium sized bowl add the brown sugar, diced pecans, and a dash of salt.
- Stir to combine.
- In a separate small bowl, add the butter and melt.
- Add the vanilla to the melted butter and stir to combine.
- Start by taking one piece of cinnamon roll, dipping it in the melted butter and then rolling it through the sugar mixture.
- Lay the pieces in the bottom of the bundt pan and continue until all pieces are used.
- Place the bundt pan on a baking sheet and place in the center of the oven.
- Bake for 40 – 45 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Place a cake stand upside down on the top (bottom) of the bundt pan.
- Slowly flip both the cake stand and the pan upside down.
- Slowly begin to remove the bundt pan from your monkey bread.
- The monkey Bread should slide right out.
- Let cool completely.
- In a small bowl add the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.
- Whisk until fully combined and smooth.
- Drizzle the glaze over your monkey bread.
- Sprinkle the green, yellow, and purple cake sprinkles on top.
- Serve immediately.
A Little History About Mardi Gras
The yesteryear of Mardi Gras can be tracked to medieval Europe. Going to Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the Bourbons’ French House. The traditional livelyness of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France back to her territories.
On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian pioneer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville made the scene at a section of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans. It was named by him “Pointe du Mardi Gras“ when his men realized it was the night before the joyful festive holiday. Bienville also brought forth “Fort Louis de la Louisiane” (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, Fort Louis de la Mobile’s tiny settlement enjoyed America’s first Mardi Gras.
In 1704, Mobile established a society that was secret (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the “Boeuf Gras Society” was created and ran from 1711 through 1861. The cavalcade was held with a very large bull’s head pushed along on wheels by men that totaled 16 total. After, Rex would parade with an actual bull, covered in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. The procession happened during Fat Tuesday.
New Orleans was found in 1718 by Bienville. In the 1730s, Mardi Gras was enjoyed out in the open in New Orleans. The parades we know today were not the same as back then. In the early 1740s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, started fancy society balls, which became the model for today’s New Orleans Mardi Gras balls.