We are pleased to share with you this guest post with recipe by Author Wesley Banks. Be sure to look for his book and keep up with him on the social media links provided below. Enjoy!
When writing the first date scene of In Her Eyes, I wanted to find something fun to include. Dates traditionally involve food, but eating out at a restaurant is so overdone.
I thought back to one of the foods my wife and I loved as a kid: monkey balls.
Some of you may know it more popularly as monkey bread, but when baked it in home economics during middle school, our teacher always called it monkey balls because we made them into little dough balls.
- 1 can of refrigerated biscuits
- ¾ stick of margarine, melted
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- Cut individual biscuits into 4 pieces
- Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl
- Spray a cake pan with non-stick cooking spray
- Dip the individual dough pieces in margarine and then in the brown sugar mixture
- Place the dough pieces in the cake pan by piling them on top of each other
- Bake at 400 F for 10 to 12 minutes
- Eat and enjoy!
Of course I couldn’t let you go without reading the monkey balls excerpt from In Her Eyes
Ben reached back in the cooler and pulled out another plate covered in tin foil. “For Plan C we have fruit kabobs.” He looked down at them, “Though you may have to pull the strawberries off.”
“And last, but not least, and also my personal favorite: monkey balls!”
Casey laughed. “Please tell me you did not just say monkey balls.”
Ben looked at her wide-eyed. “Oh my gosh. Have you never had a monkey ball?”
“That might officially be the weirdest thing anyone has ever said to me.”
Ben looked around at the corn and cupped his hands around his mouth. “Ladies and gentlemen. We have before us a monkey ball newcomer.”
“Are they really called monkey balls?”
“Uh yes, and they are amazingly delicious.”
Casey reached out to lift the tin foil on the plate covering the monkey balls, but Ben pulled them out of her reach.
“Woah there, tenderfoot,” Ben said.
“The monkey ball experience is not something to be rushed. This is a day that you will cherish for the rest of your life.”
Casey bit her bottom lip trying not to laugh, because Ben’s expression was completely serious.
“First, do you have any other food allergies that I need to know of?”
“Avocado for sure, and I was warned to avoid papaya and chestnut, but I’ve never had those.”
Ben breathed out an audible sigh and looked up towards the clouds. “The monkey ball gods shine down on us this day.”
“C’mon, nothing named monkey balls can be that good?”
“Close your eyes,” Ben said.
Casey sat up on her knees and closed her eyes. “You promise this isn’t some weird food thing, right?” She heard the metallic crinkle of the tin foil, and felt the blanket below her shift as Ben moved closer.
“No peaking,” Ben said as she opened her right eye for just a second. “Okay, on the count of three I’m going to place the monkey ball against your lips to take a bite.”
Ben pressed it against her lips and Casey bit into the little ball of dough that was baked with ground cinnamon, melted butter, and sugar. She opened her eyes and looked at Ben while she finished chewing.
“Well?” he said.
“Oh. My. Gosh. It was like eating a little bit of heaven.”
Ben laughed as he sat the plate down in front of her. “I told you!”
Casey picked up another. It kind of looked like a cinnamon sugar donut hole, but tasted richer. “How have I not heard of these?”
Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.
Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he’s love so much. He lives with his wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.
You can find out more about his book here In Her Eyes
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