Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8-10

Monkey bread is also known as pull-apart bread, bubble bread, or even pinch-me cake. It is made from pieces of soft dough coated with cinnamon and sugar and baked in a tube pan or bundt pan with a sweet and sticky sauce to hold it all together.

The bread is great when served as a sweet weekend breakfast indulgence or even as a dessert. It is traditionally served warm from the oven so that the individual pieces can be easily torn away with the fingers and eaten by hand.

There are a few reasons why monkey bread remains a popular treat to this day. First, kids can get involved in the preparation of this recipe. They love to shake the plastic bag to coat the bread pieces with the cinnamon and sugar. Second, this basic recipe for monkey bread is like a blank slate for a wide variety of flavor variations. Nuts or dried fruit can be added by sprinkling them throughout the dough rounds. Also, the final product could be topped with a flavorful drizzle, such as melted chocolate. The creative possibilities are endless! Finally, as the name implies, this recipe is interactive and fun to eat. Make this monkey bread the centerpiece of the table at brunch or dessert time, and everyone can reach in and pinch off a few pieces.

Ingredients

  • 3 cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Coat a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 F. 

    Monkey Bread ingredients
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  2. Open each can of biscuits and cut into quarters.

    Cut the biscuits into quarters
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  3. Place granulated white sugar and cinnamon in a large zip top bag. 

    cinnamon and sugar
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  4. Add some of the quartered biscuits to the bag and shake to coat. Repeat to coat all of the biscuit pieces.

    coat the biscuits in cinnamon sugar
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  5. Layer coated biscuits into prepared pan.

    add to bundt pan
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  6. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar and butter over medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. 

    melt brown sugar and butter
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  7. Pour the sauce over the biscuits. 

    pour sauce over the biscuits
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  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. 

    bake Monkey Bread
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  9. Let stand 10 minutes before turning upside down onto serving plate.

    Monkey Bread
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  10. If after inverting, some of the bread sticks, simply replace any remaining pieces and caramel from the pan. 

    Monkey Bread
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  11. To serve, just pinch off a piece and eat. 

Tips

  • Kitchen shears work well for snipping the refrigerated biscuits into quarters. This is another way kids can get involved in the cooking process since using kitchen shears is much safer than using a sharp knife.

Recipe Variations

  • Sprinkle nuts or dried fruit (or both) through the biscuit pieces
  • Top with a drizzle of chocolate sauce (dark, milk, or white chocolate)