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Monkey Bread Recipe (Easy)

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Have you ever had homemade monkey bread? It’s the best. Fresh from the oven, gooey, pull apart dough pieces baked with a buttery sugar-cinnamon caramel absolutely make any gathering special.

Here’s an easy recipe for how to make monkey bread. Simple ingredients like canned Grands biscuits, cinnamon, sugar, and butter add that irresistible homemade touch. For a great twist on this classic recipe, be sure to try my orange monkey bread as well!

Monkey Bread Recipe

Monkey Bread Recipe:

Something that tastes as good as monkey bread shouldn’t be reserved for those rare days you can spend hours in the kitchen cooking from scratch recipes. You can go all old-school and make your own yeasty dough for a totally homemade version of monkey bread. But why would you?

With Grands Biscuits cutting prep time, you’ll be making the best monkey bread in no time. This easy recipe is quick enough to fix for a special treat, brunch, or breakfast, even for those sleepy-heads that prefer to lounge under the covers until the last possible minute.

You can even do the prep the night before you want to feast on monkey bread. Do it all except the baking. Then cover the pan of goodies and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake it.

Now, although Monkey Bread seems to have been around for ages, you might not know it by that name. Some recipes call this “pull-apart bread” or “pinch bread” or “bubble bread”.

But those names don’t show a lot of imagination, do they?

How did  Monkey Bread get its name?

If you’re like me, a recipe with a name like “monkey bread” makes you curious. I did a little research to find out why this is called Monkey Bread.

There are a few theories but none of them have proven to be the definitive answer. One idea that makes some sense is monkeys have a reputation for picking at things and those that partake of Monkey Bread must do the same.

Some say it’s simply an adaptation of a traditional Hungarian treat. Dough balls rolled first in butter, then in a sugar-crushed walnut blend, and stacked in layers with raisins nestled in the crevices sounds a lot like what we call monkey bread.

However it came by its name, I guess we’ll just say it is delicious and please pass me some more.

Ingredients Needed for Monkey Bread

  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup of butter, melted
  • 2 cans of Southern style buttermilk biscuits

Simple Monkey Bread Recipe

How to Make Monkey Bread

Pour cinnamon and sugar into a plastic storage bag.
Remove biscuits from package cut each one into 4ths.
Place the biscuits pieces, 6-7 at a time into the cinnamon and sugar and shake until well coated.
Place biscuit pieces into a well greased bundt pan.
In a large measuring cup, melt the butter in the microwave. Once melted and warm, pour the remainder of the sugar mixture into the butter and stir for 30 seconds until the sugar starts to melt.
Pour over the biscuits. Shake the pan to make sure the butter gets down in between all of the biscuits.
Bake for 35 minutes at 350.
Let sit on the counter for 10 minutes before flipping over onto a serving plate.

how to make monkey bread

Tips for Making Monkey Bread

When you arrange dough ball layers in the pan, add a sprinkle of raisins, currants, sweetened dried cranberries, blueberries, or butterscotch chips.  And don’t forget the nuts: pecans and walnuts seem to be the favorites.

If you want to add another flavor, go for Gorilla Bread. Tuck a small amount of cream cheese in the center of each dough ball before continuing with the regular recipe—so rich.

After flipping the just-baked Monkey Bread ring over onto a plate, some like to top off the ring with a glaze of one cup of powdered sugar and two tablespoons of milk. It makes everything extra-sweet, but it does add an enticing shine and sparkle.

monkey bread made in bundt pan

You might need to add a few minutes to the bake time. Just keep an eye on it to make sure the bread is baked, not burnt. You’d get called a monkey’s uncle…or aunt…or worse.

Pulling Apart Monkey Bread

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Best Monkey Bread Recipe

Monkey Bread Recipe

Have you ever had homemade Monkey Bread? Delicious! Fresh from the oven, gooey, pull apart dough pieces baked with a buttery sugar-cinnamon caramel absolutely make any gathering special.
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: monkey bread recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 462kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 cans southern style buttermilk biscuits 16 biscuits

Instructions

  • Pour cinnamon and sugar into a plastic storage bag.
  • Remove biscuits from package cut each one into 4ths.
  • Place the biscuits pieces, 6-7 at a time into the cinnamon and sugar and shake until well coated.
  • Place biscuit pieces into a well greased bundt pan.
  • In a large measuring cup, melt the butter in the microwave. Once melted and warm, pour the remainder of the sugar mixture into the butter and stir for 30 seconds until the sugar starts to melt.
  • Pour over the biscuits. Shake the pan to make sure the butter gets down in between all of the biscuits.
  • Bake for 35 minutes at 350.
  • Let sit on the counter for 10 minutes before flipping over onto a serving plate.

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Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal
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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.

    25 Comments

    1. Gabe

      November 22, 2018 at 11:53 am


      What most people know as monkey bread today in the United States is actually the Hungarian dessert arany galuska (“golden dumpling”). Dating back to the 1880s in Hungarian literature, Hungarian immigrants brought this dish with them when they immigrated to America and began introducing it into the country’s food landscape when Hungarian and Hungarian Jewish bakeries began selling it in the mid-twentieth century.

      In 1972, a cookbook published by Betty Crocker included a recipe for arany galuska, which they referred to as “Hungarian Coffee Cake”. As it became more popular in America, arany galuska came to be confused with monkey bread in which the balls of dough are not dipped in cinnamon and sugar but only in butter. “Monkey bread” soon became the more common name for this Hungarian Jewish dessert.

    2. treena

      February 8, 2019 at 9:31 am


      Super simple recipe and ingredients and so yummy!

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