Monkey Bread is a delicious form of pastry which is baked in a tube pan and is sticky, sweet, cinnamon fun for kids of all ages. This simple recipe can be made from scratch, from canned biscuits or frozen bread dough. No matter how it’s put together, the results are the same – delicious!
As a child it was Monkey Bread that sparked my interest in baking. I too wanted to bake wonderful crusty, aromatic pull-apart bundles of love.
I recipe sweet roll dough or
2 cans biscuit dough or
1 loaf frozen bread dough (thawed)
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tsp. butter
1/2 cup rough chopped mixed, low salt nuts
Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 10 inch spring form tube pan.
Cut dough into 25-30 walnut sized sections, roll into balls. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
Melt butter in a sauce pan, carefully pour into small bowl. Roll balls of dough in melted butter, drop into sugar/cinnamon mixture, toss in bowl until dough is covered with mixture.
Arrange dough balls into prepared pan, press each ball into place, stacking dough until pan is full or you run out of dough.
Set side, or if using a yeast dough, let raise until doubled.
Preheat oven to 375oF.
In the meanwhile, combine brown sugar, cream and butter in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil 1 minute, remove from heat.
Pour mixture over dough balls in tube pan. Place into preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top is brown and sugar is bubbly.
Remove from oven, let sit 2 minutes. Release spring form pan carefully, juices are hot. Remove pan.
-Savory Monkey Bread
Lightly butter bottom and sides of a 10 inch tube pan.
Using the same recommendations as above for dough. Omit sugars, cinnamon, brown sugar and cream. Follow directions and ingredients list below.
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. dried basil
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup of butter
Roll dough into aprox. 24 balls, set aside.
In small bowl combine parmesan, basil and garlic powder. Stir, set aside.
Melt 1/2 cup butter in a sauce pan, carefully pour into small bowl. Roll balls of dough in the melted butter, drop into Parmesan mixture, toss bowl until dough ball is covered with mixture.
Arrange dough balls in prepared pan, gently press each ball into place, stacking dough until pan is full or you run out of dough.
Preheat oven to 375oF.
If using yeast dough allow to raise until double in size. About 15-20 minutes.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Rolls are done when tops are brown and cheese is bubbly and crusted.
Remove from oven, let sit for 2 minutes. Place serving plate on top of cake pan, invert whole pan onto serving plate. Remove pan. Serve warm.
These onkey bread recipes offer a delightful addition to any chili supper or football season gathering and kids love them!