Classic monkey bread is sweet pull apart bread baked in a bundt pan. And my version is made from scratch – heavy on the cinnamon sugar and sweet vanilla glaze!
Have you ever had monkey bread before? You either (1) have eaten it and love it (2) have no idea what I’m talking about.
If you fall into the latter category, let me explain what this outrageous recipe is. Monkey bread is a sweet, sticky, gooey pastry made from little balls of dough rolled in cinnamon sugar and baked together in a bundt pan. You can have it for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Or dinner, or 2nd dessert, or lunch, or snack…
Monkey bread is a giant cinnamon roll. A mountain of cinnamon rolls, if you will. To eat it, you tear the bread piece by piece – sort of like how little monkeys pick at their food.
In other words… monkey bread is awesome. See what I mean? ↑ ↑
It’s been awhile since I made it, and to be honest – I’ve only made it with caramel before. Monkey bread is sooooo (x 100) good with caramel sauce.
Today’s version doesn’t have caramel, though. Rather, I prepared it the traditional way. This monkey bread is completely smothered with a brown sugar sauce before baking and then topped with vanilla glaze.
You’re going to make the dough from scratch. No short-cuts here, please! Pure, homemade, soft doughy goodness tastes so much better than dough you get in a can. The dough takes about 15 minutes to prepare and you can make it the night before to save yourself some time in the morning. Not too bad, right?
The next morning, set aside 30 minutes to roll the dough into balls and coat in cinnamon-sugar. Little bakers love to help out with this step! Good thing to note: the heavier the cinnamon-sugar coating, the more these little monkey bread bites will taste like gooey cinnamon rolls. That’s a good thing, trust me.
I prefer to use Red Star Platinum in my monkey bread recipe. In fact, it’s what I use in all my sweet dough recipes. Its premium formula strengthens dough, increasing puffiness and spring in your finished recipe.
Here are some step-by-step visuals for you:
All of the little cinnamon-sugar bites you pull apart are so sweet ‘n sticky! In a good way, of course. You’ll be licking your fingers clean and grabbing more and more from the big pile of cinnamon sugar goodness.
Imagine the best cinnamon roll you’ve ever tasted. This monkey bread is better than that – and you get a huge mountain of it in bite sized form. A bundt pan of heaven.
If you already love monkey bread, then you have to try this homemade recipe… and if you have never tried monkey bread, then you have to try this recipe!
Though my homemade version takes a little more time to make than shortcut versions, you will be quickly thanking yourself for going the homemade route! Once you smell the ooey gooey cinnamon sugar bubbling in the oven, you’ll know you made the right decision.
Yield: 14 servings
Prep Time: 9 hours (includes rising)
Total Time: 9.5 hours
Makes 1 bundt pan of monkey bread, about 14 servings. This is an overnight recipe you have to make ahead. Be sure to read all of the instructions before baking.
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Try my Homemade Monkey Bread with Caramel next!