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Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread – Balls of sweet bread dough coated in sugar and cinnamon, baked in a bundt pan and drizzled with a creamy glaze!

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Raise your hand if you love Monkey Bread! *Raises both hands.*

I love Monkey Bread for breakfast AND dessert, it fits both perfectly. If you’ve never heard of Monkey Bread before, think cinnamon rolls in ball form. Monkey Bread is little balls of sweet bread dough rolled in melted butter then sugar and cinnamon, baked in a bundt pan and drizzled with a glaze. Sounds perfect, right? 😉

Monkey Bread | Marsha's Baking Addiction @marshasbakeblog

Monkey Bread | Marsha's Baking Addiction @marshasbakeblog

Monkey Bread is a lot easier to make than cinnamon rolls because there’s no rolling and slicing, and it’s more fun to eat, too! Who doesn’t love pull-apart bread?

To make this, simply combine all the dough ingredients together in a food processor or stand mixer to form a dough ball. You could also do this by hand. Let the dough rise for 2 hours in a lightly greased bowl covered with clingfilm. At this time you could also keep it in the fridge overnight. Prepare the coating ingredients, then form small balls from the dough. Roll them in the coating and place them in a greased bundt pan. Leave to rise for another hour then bake for about 30 minutes. Easy peasy!

Monkey Bread | Marsha's Baking Addiction @marshasbakeblog

Monkey Bread | Marsha's Baking Addiction @marshasbakeblog

You’ll probably have leftovers (really?) which can be covered and stored at room temperature or in the fridge or up to 3 days. Whenever I fancy a piece, I like to warm it up in the microwave to get it back to that just-baked goodness. Mmmm…

Monkey Bread | Marsha's Baking Addiction @marshasbakeblog

Enjoy!

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Monkey Bread

Balls of sweet bread dough coated in sugar and cinnamon, baked in a bundt pan and drizzled with a creamy glaze. Perfect for breakfast AND dessert!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 1 cup milk 240ml, warm
  • 1/2 cup caster/granulated sugar 100g
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter 56g, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups plain/all-purpose flour 500g

For the Coating

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 170g
  • 3/4 cup caster/granulated sugar 150g
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 150g
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup icing/powdered sugar 125g
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

For the Dough

  1. In a small bowl, add the milk and sugar, and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Leave for 5 - 10 minutes until the mixture is foamy.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, mix together the butter, egg, vanilla extract, and salt. Add 2 cups (250g) of the flour, and the yeast mixture, and mix until combined. Gradually add the remaining 2 cups of flour, and mix until a soft dough forms - about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead for about 1 minute. Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover with clingfilm and leave to rise (double in size) in a warm place for about 2 hours.
  4. Grease a 10-inch bundt pan and set aside.

For the Coating

  1. Melt the butter in a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the sugars, and cinnamon.
  2. Pull apart pieces of the dough and roll into about 1-inch balls. Dip each ball in the melted butter, and then roll them in the sugar mixture. Place the balls of dough into the prepared bundt pan. Mix together any remaining butter and sugar together, and pour over the dough balls. Cover the pan with clingfilm and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until golden brown. Cool for 5 - 10 minutes, then remove to a serving plate.

For the Glaze

  1. Whisk together the icing sugar, vanilla, and cream until smooth and combined. Drizzle over the warm bread, and serve.

Notes

Bread stays fresh covered at room temperature or in the fridge for 3 days.

Monkey Bread | Marsha's Baking Addiction @marshasbakeblog

Monkey Bread | Marsha's Baking Addiction @marshasbakeblog

18 Comments

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    Demeter | Beaming Baker
    July 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    LOVE this!!! Marsha, so funny, I was looking for a monkey bread recipe last weekend! I wanted to make something super special for my sister, and since she LOVES monkey bread, I was sure that was the thing!! Wish I had found this sooner! Saving this recipe for a future special occasion. 😉 Pinning, of course! xo

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      Marsha
      July 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks, Demeter! 🙂 xo

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    July 31, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I love monkey bread! Though I never have made it myself before though – thanks for the idea! Xx

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      Marsha
      July 31, 2016 at 7:10 am

      It’s so fun to make! 🙂

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    Yigit - Swanky Recipes
    July 31, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Photography and recipe looks just awesome !. I will make this recipe for my weekend visitors. It will be great idea ! thank you.

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    July 31, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    This bead looks so moist and sugary – the perfect treat. The cinnamon in it makes me think that it would be ideal for Christmas.

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    July 31, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I really like th eidea of making monkey bread – esp now that I know no slicing is necessary. Saving this for later.

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    Aish
    July 31, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Lovely pics and I love monkey bread though never tried making it. Time to make monkey bread. Thanks for the recipe.

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    christina conte
    July 31, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Yummy! i have always wanted to make monkey bread! Maybe this will inspire me as soon as the heat goes away! 🙂

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      Marsha
      July 31, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks, Christina! 🙂

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    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
    July 31, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Ok, now you really have found my weakness. I’m obsessed with monkey bread and sticky buns! Looks amazing!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      August 1, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Thanks, Shelby! 🙂

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    Miranda
    August 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I love monkey bread, it is so fun to pull it apart! It’s such a wonderful item to have for holiday brunches!

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      Marsha
      August 2, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      It really is, Miranda!

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    Linda Leone
    July 1, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Thank you so much showing the American conversion measurements! This looks delicious, so much better than using refrigerator biscuits. Can’the wait to try!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      July 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      You’re welcome, Linda! I hope you enjoy!

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