Homemade Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce.

Sticky, cinnamon-spice pull-apart Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce. It’s much easier than you think! 

Pull-apart Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce. It's much easier than you think!  Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Monkey Bread made completely from scratch. Monkey see, monkey do.

Stumbling upon quaint little bakeries while venturing through new parts of town are what I like to call “happy accidents.”  I’m a foodie.  Actually, no. I’m a dessertie.

Fate was by my side last week because I was instantly inspired to make my own monkey bread at home after spying one in a local bakery.

Homemade Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Monkey bread is a sweet, sticky, gooey pastry often baked in a bundt pan and served for breakfast or as a decadent snack.  The bread is made with pieces (or balls) of sweet yeast dough baked together with melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar.  It tastes like cinnamon rolls, but better (trust me). To eat it, you tear the bread piece by piece – sort of like how little monkeys pick at their food. :)

In short, monkey bread is heaven on earth.

Sticky, cinnamon-spice pull-apart Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce. It's much easier than you think!

Today I’m bringing you the best of the best.  It is a completely from-scratch recipe for monkey bread. A warm, extremely doughy, cinnamon and sugar spiced, butter-laden confection just begging to be dug into.  I completely covered the bread in pecans (optional!) and an easy homemade caramel sauce because… why not?  Go big or go home.

Reasons to make this monkey bread right now:

• The balls of dough are beyond soft.
Softer than any sweet roll I’ve ever made before.
Fluffier than any piece of homemade bread I’ve eaten before.
Stickier than any sticky bun I’ve tasted.
• Each ball of dough is hand-rolled into melted butter and cinnamon sugar. 
• Each piece is dripping in caramel and glazed pecans.
Save time by making it the night before.

Sticky, cinnamon-spice pull-apart Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce. It's much easier than you think!

I like to call this monkey bread “sticky bun cake.”  Because it truly tastes like sticky buns rolled into little balls and baked together like a cake. And that’s essentially what it is, anyway!

It  may look tricky, but this is truly not that hard to make. Here’s how I did it:

Start with 1 standard package (2 and 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast. For my monkey bread, I used Red Star Platinum. I am in no way compensated for saying this but I swear by Red Star, especially their superior Platinum line.  Guaranteed fluffiness and volume. It will also save you time.  See step #5 in the recipe instructions.

Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water, about 110F-115F.  I did not take the water temperature; I just aimed for lukewarm. To be precise, I suggest using a thermometer.  Once you stir the yeast around in the water and allow it to foam and dissolve, add the rest: 1 and 1/4 cup of 2% milk (lukewarm at 110F – 115F degrees), 1/3 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 eggs, salt, and 3 cups of all-purpose flour. Beat with a handheld or stand mixer until a soft dough forms.  Then, manually stir in more flour to form a firm dough.  I used 5 cups of flour total.

Sticky, cinnamon-spice pull-apart Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce. It's much easier than you think!

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it until it is smooth and elastic; about 6-8 minutes of kneading. The dough is SO soft and easy to work with- you are going to love it.  Careful not to over-knead the dough, which will lend tough and chewy monkey bread. You want soft and fluffy, so be sure to only knead the dough until it is smooth and bounces back when you poke it.

Form dough into a smooth ball and place it into a greased bowl, turning once so that the top is greased. I sprayed a bowl with cooking spray as my grease.  Cover the dough and place in the refrigerator to let it rise overnight, or for about 8 hours.

I made this monkey bread late Friday evening and was SO eager to wake up on Saturday morning to get started on the next step.  The dough takes only about 15-20 minutes to make the night before. Then, forget about it until the morning. :)

You’re going to wake up to a very cold and puffy ball of dough. It will double in size. Mine was extra puffy because I used Red Star Platinum  yeast. Here comes a fun step: punch the dough down and watch it slightly deflate.  Don’t punch it too hard, just a gentle punch to redistribute the air pockets inside and make the dough easier to divide into portions for the dough balls.

Sticky, cinnamon-spice pull-apart Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce. It's much easier than you think!

This part is also fun: melt 1 stick of butter in a small bowl.  Set aside. Mix together 1 cup of sugar and 1 hefty Tablespoon of cinnamon in a shallow bowl. That’s a lot of cinnamon, yes. I am no stranger to cinnamon; I completely LOVE the stuff. I probably ended up using 1.5 Tablespoons total. Go by your taste preference.

Tear off small pieces of dough and roll into a ball.  One by one, dip the dough balls into the melted butter and then generously roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. I heavily coated the dough balls because I wanted a ton of cinnamon/sugar in each bite.

Aim for about 40-45 balls of dough.  The dough balls are not enormous – about 1.25 inches in diameter.  You need to make sure you have enough to fill the bundt pan, so be modest with their size.  Begin to layer them into the pan with some chopped pecans. The pecans are optional but I love the extra texture they bring! Caramel and pecans are an unbelievable duo for a sweet bread/roll.

Rolling each ball of dough took me about 20 minutes. Not so bad!

Homemade Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce by sallysbakingaddiction.com

 At first you’ll wonder: how will 40 balls of dough fill this huge bundt pan?  Don’t worry! The dough balls rise A LOT in the oven as they bake. It may not look like enough at first, but wait until the monkey bread is finished. :)

Now it’s time for some caramel.  The caramel is beyond easy to make.  It’s the same homemade caramel sauce I used for my Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls. Melt butter over low heat, add dark brown sugar and heavy cream. Stir. Then allow it to boil for 3-4 minutes. That’s it! PS: You could make my homemade salted caramel instead.

You’re going to use this homemade caramel sauce twice in the recipe. First, you’ll pour half of it over the balls of dough before putting the bread into the oven.  Then, you’ll pour more on top of the monkey bread before serving. A double dose of caramel: I like it.

Sprinkle some more pecans on top of the caramel and throw the monkey bread into the oven at 350F degrees for 30-35 minutes.  The top will brown a bit, but that’s ok. If it begins to brown too much too soon, cover it loosely with foil.

Homemade Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce by sallysbakingaddiction.com

While it’s baking, the sticky caramel seeps in between all of the dough balls and pecans, allowing everything to stick together.  The dough balls will expand quite a bit as well – you’ll be alarmed by how puffy they get!  That’s what makes this monkey bread so fluffy and soft.

And it smells like homemade cinnamon rolls baking. That’s essentially what it this monkey bread is anyway.

Once the monkey bread is finished in the oven, allow it to cool for about 5-10 minutes.  Then, invert it onto a large serving plate and cover with the rest of the caramel sauce (you’ll have to heat the caramel for about 30 seconds in the microwave). Watch as the extra caramel topping drizzles down the sides and in between all of the cracks and crevices.

This monkey bread is out of this world!

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

You may either cut this bread into large uneven slices or let everyone pick off the gooey pieces themselves – you know, like monkeys. That’s what we did. :)

Before you know it, the entire thing will be gone. Ooey gooey success! Eat it warm for breakfast, snack on it all day, have more for dessert, and then again at midnight.  Monkey bread is acceptable any time of day, ok? Share it with friends, family, and sweethearts.

Pretty much anyone with working tastebuds will LOVE this stuff.

Sticky, cinnamon-spice pull-apart Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce. It's much easier than you think!

Sticky, cinnamon-spice pull-apart Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce. It's much easier than you think!

This is a classic homemade monkey bread recipe and for my first version, classic is exactly what I wanted.

How can you resist a pile of gooey caramel, cinnamony monkey bread? Enjoy!

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Homemade Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce

Makes 1 bundt pan of monkey bread, about 14 servings. This is an overnight recipe you may make ahead. Monkey bread tastes best served on the same day, but will stay fresh for 3 days if stored covered at room temperature. *Be sure to read all of the instructions before baking.*

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 1 package (2 and 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast (recommended: Red Star Platinum)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110F-115F)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups warm 2% milk (110F-115F, 2% or higher milk fat, no lower)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

Easy Caramel Sauce*

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream (no substitutions)

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 - 1.5 Tablespoons ground cinnamon (depends on taste, I used 1.5)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

  1. Make the dough: In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir it around a bit and let it sit for about 2 minutes. Add the milk, melted butter, sugar, eggs, salt, and 3 cups of flour, Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. About 5 cups total.
  2. Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-7 minutes. Do not over-knead, which will lend tough and chewy bread. The dough is ready when it is smooth and when you can poke it with a finger and it springs back. Form dough into a smooth ball and place into a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. I greased the bowl with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Make the caramel sauce: The caramel sauce may be made ahead of time and heated in the microwave for 30 seconds before using. To make the caramel, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Once melted, add brown sugar and heavy cream. Stir constantly over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Allow to bubble for 3-4 full minutes, no more. Set aside.
  4. Make the cinnamon-sugar topping: In a shallow bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. In a separate small bowl, melt the butter. Set aside. Spray a 10-12 cup bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Punch the cold dough down very gently to allow the air bubbles to release. Pull apart pieces and roll into balls, about 1.25 inches in diameter. You will need 40-45 balls total, so be modest with their size. Dip each ball, one by one, in the melted butter and then generously roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat them well. You may need more cinnamon-sugar depending how heavy you coat each ball.
  5. Arrange 20 dough balls into the bundt pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the pecans. Top with remaining dough balls and pecans. See photo above in post. *If you did not use Red Star Platinum yeast, cover the pan and allow dough balls to rise again for about 45 minutes at room temperature. If you did use Red Star Platinum yeast, move ahead to the next step and bake right away.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F. When you are ready to bake, warm the caramel sauce up for about 30 seconds. Stir, and top the dough balls with 1/2 of the caramel sauce. Reserve the rest to pour on top after it is baked.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Cover loosely with foil if the top browns too quickly. Cool for 5-10 minutes and invert onto a large serving plate. Warm up the caramel sauce again and drizzle over the bread. You may either cut the bread into generous slices or let everyone pick off the gooey pieces themselves.

*If you like salted caramel, try my homemade salted caramel sauce instead of regular caramel.

Dough recipe by Taste of Home Baking

 

 

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Let’s see all of that together…

Monkey Bread is easy to make at home! Tastes like mini cinnamon buns drizzled with caramel. sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

I covered my Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls with the same caramel sauce from today.

They are out of this world!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

 

Raspberry Chocolate Coffee Cake –  We enjoy this cake each Christmas morning. It’s so easy to make!

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Cake

  

The little monkey bread dough balls reminded me of my Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins.

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

 

 

   

170 Responses to “Homemade Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce.”

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    Shelbyposted March 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Hey Sally! Ok for the sauce do you just leave it out or do you put it in the refrigerator? Thanks! This looks amazing! I think I’ll make it for Easter for my family. Now I just need to pick a dessert to make them! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 13th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      I leave the sauce out and microwave it when I’m ready to pour it on top. I hope you enjoy!

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    Shelbyposted March 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Ok. Thanks!

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    Barbaraposted March 31, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Happy Easter Sally! Just wanted to let you know the monkey bread is sweet, yeasty, and praise The Lord this Easter for taste buds good! Yum!!! Also made your Funfetti cake because it’s our son’s birthday! Will try it this afternoon! Yes, me and my treadmill have a date all week, lol! But thanks for the great recipes!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 1st, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      That’s great Barbara! Thank you for reporting back. I hope you had a wonderful Easter! Happy Birthday to your son! After indulging this weekend, I have a date with my treadmill as well! :D

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    allbookdupposted April 7, 2013 at 2:07 am

    This monkey bread looks so delicious! If I were lucky enough to win your mixer raffle it would be the first thing I’d make. But all of your recipes look so good. I stumbled across your cake batter puppy chow recipe on Pinterest an hour and a half ago and I’m still browsing your site and taking notes on what I want to try. You have a gift for creating recipes that sound scrumptious and look amazing!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 7th, 2013 at 5:35 am

      THank you so much! You’ll have to let me know what you make first. :)

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    Siennaposted April 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Sally,

    This recipe looks fabulous and I can’t wait to make it for my friends this weekend. Have you ever had any issues with the Monkey Bread sticking to your pan when you release it? I made one a long time ago and it stuck all over even though I sprayed and used a non-stick pan. So I’m nervous but yours looks too darn delicious to not try!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 30th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Sienna! The bundt pan I have it non-stick and I also sprayed with nonstick spray just to be sure! Hope you all enjoy it!

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    Ramanposted May 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    what if i dont even have a buttered tube? What am i Supposed to do? NEED HELP.

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    • Sallyreplied on May 4th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      You need a bundt cake pan in order to make this recipe. Is that what you are asking?

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    Ashleyposted June 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    This looks amazing and do delicious. Do you have a gluten free/dairy free version of this? If not, are there any substitutes or alternatives to the heavy cream? I saw that you had none, but any possible suggestions? I would really love to make this. If anything, the heavy cream is my main concern because I can try to use gluten free flour and give it a try.

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    • Sallyreplied on June 29th, 2013 at 6:37 am

      Hi Ashley! No, I do not have a GF version of this. You could try to use nondairy creamer for the caramel sauce, but I have no idea if it will set up. I believe you need the milk fat. You can easily leave out the caramel sauce and use another glaze if you want.

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      • Ashleyreplied on June 29th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        Hi Sally, thanks for the quick reply. I reallllllly don’t want to eliminate the caramel sauce from this delicious treat. Some way some how, I will find a substitute and hopefully it will taste good. Love your blog!

        • Sallyreplied on June 29th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

          Thanks Ashley! And let me know how it goes.

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    Jessicaposted August 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Sally!

    This looks phenomenal! One question: if I don’t have a bundt pan, can I use another type of baking dish?

    Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 15th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Hey Jessica! You could try to bake this monnkey bread in two 9×5 loaf pans instead. I hope you enjoy!

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    Michaelposted August 27, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Hi Sally I came across your website while looking for Monkey Bread recipes. It looks phenominal!! My mouth waters every time I come to the site. I can’t wait to get back from Afghanistan and make some for my wife and I. I’m sure it will be a great treat for us while we watch movies at home!!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 27th, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Hi Michael! I think you and your wife will just love it. It’s very hard to *not* munch on it, especially when sitting in front of the TV. Trust me, I’ve tried! You have to let me know how you both like it. Thank you for the comment!

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    Celesteposted October 4, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Dear Sally

    What an inspired Lady you are!
    Thank you for this delicious recipe – The instructions, and methods we’re great, and the final product – beyond my abilities to describe. I had to change some of the items, in South Africa there’s the ingredients differ to what you guys have over there – it was however, a wrong kind of right!
    I have flagged a few other recipes, and I am sure they will also surpass my expectations. Thank you again, you are a very talented Lady.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 4th, 2013 at 11:26 am

      So glad that you loved this monkey bread! I am hooked on it. Love all of its stickiness. :) Thanks so much for reporting back Celeste!

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    michelleposted October 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    This looks absolutely delish! What size bundt pan should I be using?
    – Michelle

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    • Sallyreplied on October 5th, 2013 at 8:49 am

      I typically use a 12-cup bundt pan.

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    EvieMaeposted October 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I just finished eating this. OMG, delicious, I should’ve stopped long before I did, but I had to just keep tasting. Mmm… The texture of the bread itself was perfect. Light and heavenly. The caramel sauce I did not do a good job on. It was gritty, and I don’t understand why. I allowed the sugar to dissolve. I didn’t let it bubble more than four minutes. What happened, or is supposed to be gritty? It didn’t really matter. It tasted awesome. I reheated it on the stove top instead of the microwave, maybe that was the problem? I don’t like microwaves. Anyway, kudos on another fantastic recipe. I’m going to go and have just one more taste. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 5th, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Hi EvieMae! It sounds like the sugar wasn’t fully dissolved if you thought it was gritty. Sometimes I think it’s all the way dissolved and am left with a slightly gritty caramel sauce. Still delicious of course. I would keep it on the stove for a bit longer next time. Happy you loved this!

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      • EvieMaereplied on October 5th, 2013 at 11:16 am

        Thanks Sally, I sure appreciate your help. I will try that next time. :)

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    Natashaposted October 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Sally, this bread looks incredible!! Can’t go wrong with cinnamon and caramel on a sweet sticky dough! Was just wondering what other sort of tin I could use instead of a bundt tin as I don’t have one at home? Thanks, I can’t wait to try this!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 8th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Natasha! You could use 2 loaf pans instead of a bundt pan. I hope you enjoy!

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    Poppyposted October 12, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Hi-
    I wanted to make this but I don’t have a bundt pan? Can I bake them in muffin tins? Y’know- like single servings of monkey bread!:D

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    • Sallyreplied on October 13th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Hi Poppy! Sorry I am just getting back to you now – I was away on vacation over the weekend. You could use 2 loaf pans and I assume you could use muffin tins. About 2-3 balls of dough into each pan. I am unsure of the baking time since I’ve never tried it before.

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      • Poppyreplied on October 14th, 2013 at 4:51 am

        Thank you so much! :)

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    Natashaposted October 31, 2013 at 6:47 am

    OMG Sally I love you!! I have just made this for my birthday breakfast and it was so delicious!! It was so fluffy and sweet and gooey…the best! I have some leftover caramel sauce that I was thinking of pouring over popcorn to make some salted caramel popcorn later. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 31st, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Natasha! I am so happy you made this monkey bread. Happy birthday (is it today?). Perfect birthday breakfast if you ask me.

      Salted caramel popcorn sounds divine.

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      • Natashareplied on November 1st, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        Hi Sally thank you it was today!! Had a big bowl of warm salted popcorn drizzled with your lovely caramel sauce and it was amazing! Definitely recommended- my friends made sure we had two batches!

        • Sallyreplied on November 1st, 2013 at 7:22 pm

          Mmmm I’m going to try that. :) Happy birthday!

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    Poppyposted November 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Can I half recipe?

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    • Sallyreplied on November 1st, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      When made in a 9×5 loaf pan, yes.

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    Cheriposted November 8, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Oops I just realized someone had already posted that.
    :P I am so oblivious.

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    • Cherireplied on November 8th, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Um.. I don’t have a 1/8 cup measurment!

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      • Sallyreplied on November 8th, 2013 at 6:18 am

        1/8 cup is 2 Tbsp.

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    Poppyposted November 8, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Pleeease Sally pleease do YT videos. ;)

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    Brianposted November 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I used a mix a white whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour and people went crazy.

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    Erikaposted November 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Hi Sally, I was wondering; if I want the dough ready the same day, can I leave it out to rise and skip refrigerating time?

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    Deeposted December 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Sally!!! I can’t get off your site. I commented on your chocolate chunk cookies a few months ago. I am the one who is a cook and not much of a baker. Well, I can say I have become a baker now. I make pretty much all my food from scratch. It’s awesome how you give the science of the ingredients and what they do. It helps when I am trying to make substitutions. This monkey bread will be made for my Xmas shindig. Lol! I am going to put on a few lbs this season because everything I see on your page I want to make. I made the salted caramel apple pie for thanksgiving and everyone LOVED it (although they were skeptical at first). Thanks for taking the time to create and share these wonderful recipes. Happy Holidays

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    • Sallyreplied on December 10th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      SO nice to hear from you again, Dee! Thanks for saying hi again. I’m glad you are learning so much from my site! I love this monkey bread. I know it will be a hit!

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    lizposted December 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I just found this by googling homemade monkey bread. I’d love to make it the night before and bake it on Christmas morning — do you think I could everything up until the baking stage, then refrigerate it and bake it in the morning?

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    • Sallyreplied on December 21st, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Liz! This monkey bread can only be made through step two – where I mention you can let them sit overnight. You can also make the caramel in advance as well.

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      • lizreplied on December 21st, 2013 at 5:45 pm

        Thank you so much Sally for getting back to me! I guess we will make them Christmas Eve and heat them up on Christmas morning… hopefully some will be left! : )

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    Cassieposted December 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I don’t have a bundt pan. Is there a substitute pan you would recommend?

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    • Sallyreplied on December 23rd, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Cassie! You could try to bake this monnkey bread in two 9×5 loaf pans instead. I hope you enjoy!

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    Deeposted December 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Hi Sally! I made the monkey bread as planned. I was sooo mad at myself because I forgot to add the salt to the dough (it was very late at night). I was freaking out but once I pulled myself together :) I decided to add half of the salt to the caramel and half to the melted butter. It turned out just fine and was gone so quickly everyone was asking how I made it. I couldn’t find the platinum yeast but regular worked just fine. The dough rose so high. I am definitely making this again. Thanks and happy and healthy 2014!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 27th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      That’s wonderful Dee! So glad the monkey bread turned out wonderfully for you. Love the idea of a salted caramel sauce on top! Happy new year to you as well :)

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    Andrea Cposted January 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Wow, I was browsing through cake recipes when I found this. i had to wipe drool off my desk… I will be making these, kinda carby, be good for carb loading before a long run day!!! LOL!

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    Osamaposted March 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Well sally , i discovered your blog few days ago , and since i have this passion for baking along time ago ( all types – espicially cakes and pastry ) it is difficult to get me satisfied with any blog and any recipes ! What i found here COMPLETES what i miss which is proffisional muffins , breads , coffee shop desserts that i need from time to time to improve my skills with these kinds of pastries .

    Bottom line , i have just pull out monkey bread from the oven while iam writing this post , i have tried your master muffin batter and i knew that your recipes are made for proffisional bakery style dessert not just for HOME MADE !! from the ingredients and techniques !

    I want to gongratulate you ! And i think i will become addicted to your blog cuz it completes what i miss !!

    Love the BLOG !

    Note: it is so good to cover the pan with a dry towel once you get it out of oven and remained covered for 10 minutes , it allows the steem to get within the bread which make the bread softer for along period of time !

    Thanks a lot , and please accept me as one of your fans , ,,

    Osama

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    • Osamareplied on March 12th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Yes , now after trying it ……..

      HEAVEN!!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 12th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Hi Osama! I’m so glad you found my blog and are loving my recipes. Love this monkey bread – and the master muffin mix too! Thanks for saying hi. Let me know any other recipes you try!

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    Sarah D.posted April 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Oh, wow. This really does look amazing. Going on my to-make list right now. You take wonderful pictures!

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    Ashley McDowposted April 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve made this recipe before and it is delish! I wanted to make it again for my lovely Blues dancers but need to make the dough in advance (more than 8 hours, more like 36 hours) as i don’t have enough time to do it closer to when i actually need it.

    Is it ok to refrigerate the dough for a longer period of time?
    Thanks

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    • Sallyreplied on April 24th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Ashley! It’s certainly OK to refrigerate a little longer – but I would not go for longer than 1 day.

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    Sally Sandersposted May 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    From another “Sally” who shares your addictions, thank you so much for a great-sounding recipe. Can’t wait to try it. I’ve made an “unsweet” Monkey Bread for many years by simply dipping the dough balls into butter — a family tradition for Thanksgiving — but this one will be a breakfast delight!

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    Yvetteposted July 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Hi! This looks amazing! My husband will love it! However, I need to make it non-dairy. For the milk required for the dough, what can I use to subsitute? I typically subsitute with soy milk, but you mentioned a specific fat content.

    For the caramel sauce, I typically subsitute the “non-dairy whipped topping” (the cream one would typically whip for whipped topping) for heavy cream and it works out fine-not the same texture but usually tastes great.

    Thanks!!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 7:24 am

      Hi Yvette – I’ve never tried using non dairy whipped topping in a caramel recipe, so I’m unsure how that will taste but if you like it then you may try it. Almond milk (with about 3g fat per cup) would be OK.

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    Angelaposted July 12, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Yummy! I didn’t have a bundt pan so I used an angel food pan lined with lots and lots of baking paper. I also left my dough in the fridge for 2 days, which was perfectly fine. To speed up the second rise, I put it in a warm oven.

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    veronicaposted August 8, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Hi. Could I used chopped hazelnuts instead?

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    • Sallyreplied on August 9th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      That would be just fine. And yes, heavy cream and whipping cream are the same.

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    Emmaposted August 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Sally!
    I currently have the dough for this chilling in the fridge. I attempted to make the caramel sauce while I was waiting but it seemed to become frothy after I added the sugar and heavy cream when it was bubbling. When I set it aside to cool after stirring for 4 minutes, it became rock hard. Any idea what I may have done wrong?

    I’ve made a ton of recipes on your blog and this is the first time I’ve ever had any issues! I’m hoping you can shed some light on my possible error :)

    Thanks so much!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 26th, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Hi Emma – were you sure to add enough butter? The moisture from the butter and brown sugar, AND the heavy cream should keep it from turning rock hard.

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      • Emmareplied on August 27th, 2014 at 3:12 am

        Hi Sally,

        It seems I had the mixture over a temperature which was a bit high. I attempted the sauce a second time that morning over the lowest heat possible and it turned out perfect!

        Safe to say, two days later and the monkey bread is demolished.

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    Jessica Kellyposted October 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Hey married lady! I have done this recipe a few times, and my friends go cray cray for it. I was wondering if you were to make individual monkey breads in a muffin tins, how long do you think you’d bake them for? Methinks I’d like to try that!
    I hope you are blissfully happy! Love!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 24th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks Jessica! And I’m unsure of the bake time as individual monkey bread muffins. Truly, I have no idea. Around 20 minutes? Let me know if you try it.

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