Monkey Bread

Seriously, I hardly have any words to describe the glorious goodness of this monkey bread. And if you know me, you know it’s rare that I’m left speechless (what?? So I like to talk…sue me). But this magical monkey bread doesn’t really need any words.

Monkey Bread

It just needs your lips inhaling it as soon as possible.

And just for the record, I hate the whole snobby factor that comes with food. I’m not one to hide my feelings about cream-of-whatever soups but I really, really don’t care if you use them. And if you don’t make your own bread from scratch…guess what? We can still be friends and I’d still eat a sandwich at your house on your not-homemade bread. See? See how open minded I am? But when it comes to this monkey bread, I have to beg and implore you to run far, far away from the canned biscuits and dry pudding mix that usually appear in monkey bread recipes. Invest a tad bit more time and elbow grease and make this recipe with homemade dough. It’s unreal, people…unreal being a good thing in this instance. And you’ll come back and thank me from keeping you from the canned biscuit monkey bread (I mean, that just sounds wrong, doesn’t it?), I promise. There really is no comparison to this homemade Bundt-pan full of gooey, sweet, decadent love.

Monkey Bread

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The Best Monkey Bread

Yield: Serves 6-8

The Best Monkey Bread

Note: See below the recipe for instructions to make the dough without a stand mixer (i.e. by hand, you little pioneers!).

Ingredients

    Dough:
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided, 2 tablespoons softened and 2 tablespoons melted
  • 1 cup milk, warm (about 110 degrees)
  • 1/3 cup water, warm (about 110 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Brown Sugar Coating:
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), melted
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Butter a Bundt pan with the 2 tablespoons softened butter. Use a pastry brush or a paper towel or anything that will really help get inside all of those nooks and crannies. Set aside.
  2. In a large measuring cup, mix together the milk, water, melted butter, sugar, and yeast. Mix the flour and salt together in a standing mixer fitted with dough hook (see below for instructions to make the dough by hand). Turn the machine to low and slowly add the milk mixture. After the dough comes together, increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is shiny and smooth, 6 to 7 minutes. If you think the dough is too wet (i.e. having a hard time forming a cohesive mass), add 2 tablespoons flour at a time and mix until the dough comes together (it should still be on the sticky side, just not overly wet). Coat a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat lightly with the cooking spray. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until doubled, 1-2 hours (alternately, you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees, turning it off once it reaches 200 degrees and place the covered bowl in the oven to speed up the rising time).
  3. For the sugar coating, while the dough is rising, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Place the melted butter in a second bowl or shallow pie plate. Set aside.
  4. To form the bread, gently remove the dough from the bowl and press it into a rough 8-inch square. Using a bench scraper or knife, cut the dough into 64 pieces.
  5. Roll each dough piece into a ball (it doesn't have to be perfect, just get it into a rough ball-shape). Working one at a time, dip the balls in melted butter, allowing excess butter to drip back into the bowl or pie plate. Roll the dipped dough ball in the brown sugar mixture, then layer the balls in the Bundt pan, staggering the seams where the dough balls meet as you build layers.
  6. Cover the Bundt pan tightly with plastic wrap and let the monkey bread rise until puffy and they have risen 1-2 inches from the top of the pan, 1-2 hours (again, you can use the warm oven approach to speed this up).
  7. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (remove the pan from the oven if you placed it there to rise). Unwrap the pan and bake until the top is deep brown and caramel begins to bubble around edges, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool the monkey bread in the pan for 5 minutes (any longer and the bread will be too sticky and hard to remove!), then turn out on a platter or large plate and allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  8. For the glaze, while the bread cools, whisk the confectioners' sugar and milk together in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth. Using a whisk, drizzle the glaze over the warm monkey bread, letting it run over the top and sides of the bread. Serve warm.

Notes

Monkey Bread without a Mixer: Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the flour, then add the milk mixture to the well. Using a wooden spoon, stir until the dough becomes shaggy and is difficult to stir. Turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and begin to knead, incorporating the shaggy scraps back into the dough. Knead until the dough is smooth and satiny, about 10 minutes. Shape into a taut ball and proceed as directed.

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/the-best-monkey-bread/
Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Cook’s Illustrated

121 Responses to The Best Monkey Bread

  1. I love that your recipe doesn’t use canned biscuits. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Johanna says:

    This is what we have on Christmas morning. Looks like I’ll have to put in a little elbow grease this year!

  3. Kim in MD says:

    I have never had monkey bread, but it looks and sounds amazing! Do you have any idea why it’s called monkey bread, Mel? Anway, I know if it’s a CI recipe, or even adapted from one, and you loved it is going to be good! :-)

  4. Katie says:

    Can’t wait to try this. Any ideas on how you could make this the night before and then put in oven next morning?

  5. Beth says:

    THANK YOU for this recipe! I love monkey bread and would love to introduce it to my girls, but those canned biscuits are so expensive here in Canada that I’ve never shelled out the dough (ha!) to make it. Now I don’t have to!

  6. Brooke says:

    I don’t think it’s right to be so tempted this early in the morning! I’m going to be dreaming of this until I make it so it’s gonna happen soon. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Janel says:

    This is a Christmas morning tradition in my family too! I enjoy making my family homemade bread, but the ease of plopping everything in a pan in the fridge to rise overnight helps out on such a busy morning. So I am wondering the same thing as Katie – I would love tips on how to make it the night before so I can just pop it in the oven in the morning.

  8. Joan says:

    I make it without canned biscuits also. I like to let it rise overnight. It works well with frozen balls of dough (Rhodes is one brand). So, I’m thinking you could freeze the 64 balls of dough on a cookie sheet and then proceed with the recipe and let it sit overnight on the counter. Alternately, I bet you could make as described and let it sit in the fridge overnight for a cool rise.

  9. Emily says:

    I’ve used this recipe for a few years now and I will never go back to the canned biscuits. I make is the first Sunday in April and October…my metabolism can only handle it twice a year, but it’s so worth it. My husband and kids sing about it for weeks prior, they know it’s coming. It takes about 4 hrs to make from start to finish and I use the oven method for rising the dough. I let me kids help me cut/roll the dough. It’s more work but it’s worth the time and effort.

  10. Teresa R. says:

    I was going to start a new diet today, but that will have to wait till Monday. I’ll be making this today!

  11. Laura says:

    I agree with you 100% about the monkey bread biscuit madness! :) Will be making this for sure this week! Thanks!!

  12. Joelle says:

    Tips on making the night before would be great! I imagine you could take it to the coated, loaded in bundt pan, covered in saran wrap and then keep it in the fridge over night, remove an hour before baking (or 2?) and then bake as written? If I get home early enough, this will be in my fridge before bed!

  13. vanessa shannon says:

    Yes, the night before is what I am curious about. I make this every year on Christmas Eve but I use the Rhode’s frozen roll dough (which tastes pretty close to homemade), pour the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top and let it rise overnight. That way Christmas morning they are risen and ready to go into the oven. This recipe sounds awesome but would love to be able to make ahead :)

  14. Lauren says:

    This looks so delicious!!

  15. Mel says:

    Hey everyone, the make ahead option is a great idea and one I’ll be employing on Christmas. I haven’t tried it yet but my plan.is to make the bread, coat the dough balls, place them in the pan, cover tightly with the Saran wrap and place it in the fridge overnight. I’ll take it out 2 to 3 horse before baking then bake as directed. Once I actually try the make ahead, I’ll update the recipe.

  16. Mel says:

    Fran- I wish we were in a house! I’ve been using my mom’s kitchen after driving out here with the kids when my sweet grandma passed away. But we are going back to reality this weekend…crossing our fingers that we have a place to move into next week. This has truly been an adventure going on 6 weeks of homelessness.

  17. carrian says:

    waaaaah, I just told the hubby we have to go back to treats only once a week and then you post this?!!! I can’t stand the temptation!

  18. This is so tempting me right now. I’ve always wanted to try monkey bread

  19. AJ says:

    You had me at monkey bread. This is a family favorite and we have always done it with frozen rhodes rolls and pudding, etc. I want to try this more homemade version though. I am going to have to experiment to see if I can make it work for overnight like I usually do. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Cindy Hovey says:

    I didn’t know you could make this without the canned biscuits! You haven’t let me down yet, so I’m gonna give this a try for Saturday morning breakfast!

  21. These look amazing!! I DVRd this episode and had forgotten about it! {I love that I can print out your directions instead of copying them down from the tv! THANK YOU!} Totally agree with you on the canned biscuits in monkey bread. So bad. I like to short cut with Rhodes dough in monkey breads, but you’ve convinced me to try this!

  22. HECK YES! This sounds awesome!

  23. Janssen says:

    But. . .But. . .what about the pop of a can of biscuits? ;) I’ve never made them with canned biscuits, but that SEEMS like the main appeal.

    Also, HOW are you still posting so much when you are living in a hotel? I’m in awe!

  24. Brooke says:

    My MILs recipe uses Rhodes frozen rolls for the dough, and we LOVE it. Just in case someone is feeling lazy :).

  25. Morgan L says:

    Wow!! Made these today with my 3 year old & her little friend. They just went into the oven & look DEE-LISH! Can’t wait to sample them!!

  26. Sacha Bikhazi says:

    I was searching the internet exactly one week ago for the “perfect” monkey bread and just didn’t know which one to trust. I was wishing YOU had one, and now you DO! Thank you so much.

  27. Marcie says:

    I made this for my kiddos for an after school snack today. It was delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  28. I’ve been really trying to revamp some of the classic childhood recipes that I love but making them all homemade as opposed to the popular semi-homemade versions. Monkey Bread has been on my ‘to-do list’ for a while (I saved a recipe from Food and Wine magazine a few years ago) but just haven’t gotten to it yet! I hope to try a homemade version soon because Monkey Bread is sooo good!

  29. Martha P. says:

    This is what my family calls CHRISTMAS MORNING COFFEE CAKE! Have made for years – But – being a lazy baker, I use frozen Parker House dinner rolls cut in half, placed in greased bundt pan. Place all the ingredients(white and brown sugar mixed) over the rolls (plus chopped pecans) – cover and let rise overnight and – poof – ready to bake Christmas morning – or any other morning. You could roll the cut rolls in the ingredients if you wish. Never tried the glaze – will do this year. Never had any problems when dumping it out of pan. Picture perfect! Talk about good eating!!!!

    Hoping you are in your own house soon. Admire you – much.

  30. Jessica Chamberlain says:

    Hi Mel,
    I have been following your blog for almost a year now, and thought I should comment. I LOVE your blog. It is my go to food blog. I also like it because I have kids about the same age as yours, I had four boys, and was pregnant with number five when you had your little girl. I got boy number 5. Anyway, thanks for the great ideas!

  31. Heather says:

    I think the best parts of reading through your website is reading all the in-depth background information that precedes each recipe. It’s so ridiculously hilarious! You are one fun gal! “So sue me”. So funny! Love it love it! :) You’re quite the entertainer in addition to being a great cook! Have a great day!

  32. Anna says:

    Im in Australia and you cant get any kind of canned dough here, lol, so have been on a hunt for a recipe for ages for this to make from scratch. Thank you! Just need to get me a stand mixer, do you think if I tell my DH that I need one to make monkey bread, he’ll let me get one? :) Hope you have a new home soon…

  33. SJ says:

    I was seriously going to email you today to ask if you had a recipe for this where you don’t use rhodes dough. THANK YOU!!! This looks wonderful. I will be excited to see if the overnight version works too.

  34. Lisa D says:

    Mel, I have been a fan of your blog forever. I am pretty sure I couldn’t cook, at all, until I found your blog! When I saw this recipe come up yesterday, well, I just had to make it right away. And it did not disappoint! So amazingly yummy! Just wanted to say thanks for all your wonderful recipes, and seriously saving my life when it came to cooking. You’re the best!

  35. Jenna says:

    I’m working on my list of “foods by Mel that I can make living in Italy.” Thankfully the list is getting longer as I’m figuring out what I can find at the grocery store. We love monkey bread/sticky buns, whatever you want to call them. I confess I have used a certain frozen dinner roll to make them in the past, but I can’t find the ingredients here and we’ve missed having them. After 10 months, we bought a real oven last week. Yep, I now have 4 burners and an oven (a move up from a large toaster oven). My U.S. cookie sheets are too large for this oven, but I will buy some new ones and find a pan for this monkey bread. You will hear my kids singing your praises next week when I make this for them! Thank you, thank you!!

  36. Lina Cachia says:

    Hi 1 i come from a small island called Malta i must admitted i never taste this recipes but for sure i m going to try it thanks for this wonderful website.

  37. Sarah Moran says:

    I made these today for our FHE treat and they were a huge hit! Thanks for another great recipe!

  38. Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing this!! I’ll definitely try it out!

    Monkey Bread was my family’s Christmas breakfast growing up, but I just can’t bring myself to make it (I don’t do canned biscuits either). Now I can! :)

  39. Tanya says:

    Yum… I haven’t had these for years! My mom used to make these little goodies. I was debating what treat to make for tonight… now I know.. and my kids will love them! Thanks again, and congrats on moving into your house!! Yay!! (you probably won’t want to stay in a hotel for vacation for a loooooong time!!) :)

  40. grace says:

    for the record, the worst monkey bread would still be pretty darn good. :)

  41. Never made a monkey bread but it´s one of those things that fill my dreams. Why I haven´t, I have no clue! I bake all the time! I pinned this in my recipes to try board and will certainly try it soon. And I have a feeling I will start and never stop with the variations!

  42. Jennifer says:

    Mmmmm! Just like the one my mom made but with the addition of glaze! Holy cow! I didn’t think you could make cinnamon pull-aparts (that’s what we call it) any better! But apparently, you can….. Must… make… now…. (well, when the baby is sleeping that is).

    PS Congrats on a house…. and good luck with that 1200 sq ft issue. I know how hard that is going to be! I feel crowded in 1400 with 3 small boys and a baby so I’ll be thinking of you and wishing you the best through the winter!

  43. Laura says:

    hi,
    i make challah about once a month and then i freez the baked challah and use it when ever i want. so if i´m already making that dough i was wondering if i could use it to make monkey bread and just add the coating and the glaze before i bake it???
    thanks!

  44. Courtney says:

    Your pictures look amazing and I love the fact that you’re making your own dough. I don’t mind rhodes rolls, but dough from scratch is the best!

  45. Paula says:

    I’ve started making bread using the method in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I wonder how it would work with this recipe. Hmmm..

  46. Sounds so amazing!!!! Have to try it when we have company!

  47. Beth says:

    I had tried the ATK version of this a few years ago and was underwhelmed. Still, I trust your judgment and decided to save trying this for a cold weather day when I would be home. It snowed all day today (I lived in Canada– this kind of thing happens in October here), so I made this while the kids did crafts and the baby napped. It is unbelievably good. The perfect thing for a snowy day, breakfast, holiday brunch, dessert, really you don’t need an occasion– just make it. The dough you have here is more tender than the ATK version. As soon as the kids took a few bites, they said, “make this again!”

  48. Kellie says:

    You’re right—this is THE BEST Monkey Bread!! I’ve tried many different recipes. Even used ‘exploding biscuits’ a time or two. And this is hands down the best recipe I’ve tried. D-Double-Delicious!! Thank you!

  49. Kim says:

    I’ve made this multiple times and even my picky kid BEGS for it! Very time consuming but worth every step. My family likes to pair it with ice cream :-)

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  51. Alicia Quigley says:

    My. Oh. My. This was amazing, so yummy!!! I’m so glad we made it today, thanks!

  52. Carlin says:

    I made this tonight and it was delicious!! I hate to admit that I’ve been making the canned biscuit kind for years. But this really was amazing and I will be making it this way forever more:)

  53. Cammee says:

    I have never heard of people making this with biscuits, that is just wrong. I can’t wait to try this. The recipe I have used for years is from The Lion House and it is so yummy, but has boxed pudding in it. This is a better option.

  54. This sounds INCREDIBLE!!! – will definitely be part of my holiday baking! Thanks for sharing!!!

  55. Omg this looks incredible! I just made honey dinner rolls and saw this on a Bread pin board – repinned!

  56. marla says:

    beautiful monkey bread!

  57. Judi says:

    These are great! And yes, they can be made the night before. I started dough in the afternoon, then left it to rise (more than 2 hours because that’s how my schedule was). Made the little balls (cutting with a pizza cutter), drizzled with butter (probably only used 1/2 stick of butter) & rolled them in brn. sugar/cinnamon (less there also). Covered with plastic wrap & refrigerated. Got them out around 6 a.m. & put them in the oven at 7:30. Drizzled with the glaze (only used about half a cup confectioners sugar) & they were a big hit! So much better than canned biscuits & really not much more work. I do tend to cut out some sugar & butter when I bake & these were still VERY GOOD with about half. Only need about 1 T. for buttering pan also. I will use this recipe for Christmas morning but perhaps can’t wait that long to make again:) I may also try with half white whole wheat flour next time to sneak in a little more nutrition.

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  59. Jill says:

    I made this today. It was absolutely wonderful.
    Definitely, DEFINITELY worth the effort.

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  61. Jennifer says:

    These are rising in the fridge right now so they are ready for Christmas morning. I was in a hurry so I put the melted butter in a gallon sized bag, put in the rolls without rolling them, shook it up, added the sugar mix & shook again. It worked great, & was fast!

  62. Michelle says:

    I made this for breakfast today. I made most of it last night – all the way up to rolling the dough into the butter and cinnamon mixture just like Mel explained. Then, I covered it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge over night. In the morning, I set it out on the counter for two hours and cooked at 350 for 30 minutes. It turned out perfectly.

  63. Alicia Quigley says:

    Merry Christmas! About to put the monkey bread in the oven. I made it yesterday afternoon, had in the fridge all night. One hour in warm oven and it’s ready to go. Yeah.

  64. Mary says:

    I made this for Christmas morning and it was mouth wateringly delicious! My husband eats some and looked at me and said, “You’ve been holding out on me!” I have to work at the hospital at 6 am on New Year’s Day and I’m making some tonight to take in with me in the morning, it’s the only thing that could get me going to work that early!

  65. Kathryn Ashby says:

    I made this fantastic Monkey Bread recipe on Christmas Eve for a family who had 19 people staying at their home over the holidays. It was a huge hit, and they said it was polished off in a few short minutes. I thought the recipe was easy to follow, especially since I’m not an experienced bread maker, and I would definitely make this again. I did increase the glaze by half again what the glaze recipe calls for – mmmmm…extra yumminess! Thanks for a great treat.

  66. Hannah says:

    I just made this monkey bread for my boyfriend to take back to college with him and it was a huge hit with he and his roommate! Such easy home made bread too, it was a piece of cake to put together. I ended up using about three times the brown sugar mixture though. I’m not sure why but my dough really ate it up. Either way, it was delicious, I’ll never use premade dough again. Thanks for sharing this!!

  67. Shevaun says:

    Wow. This recipe was easy to follow. My three year old and I had a blast making it. The end product looked just like the picture and tasted delicious! My husband couldn’t believe we had made it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Finally a monkey bread recipe that does not use prepackaged dough (I hate that stuff). So, thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!

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  71. michelle says:

    I made this today and we all LOVED it!!! Just a few thoughts- mine stuck so badly to the pan, although I waited exactly 5 minutes to turn it out. I think it was because I used my old bundt pan, which has no non-stick coating like my newer ones. In this case, it would have been good to flour it after using the butter, and maybe even turning it out a few minutes earlier. Because it stuck, it didn’t turn out all nice and clean in the shape of the pan, but just fell apart. The kids said it was “eaiser to eat that way” though, lol! There was leftover butter after dipping the dough balls, so I used it in the icing; mixing it with about 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar and a drop of milk. It made thicker, delicious icing that was wonderful. I would cover the bundt pan with foil the last 5-10 minutes of baking because the top was burning a little. Wonderful recipe; will have to make again sometime!

  72. michelle says:

    Oh- because of my super, super humid climate (like 90%+ humidity all the time), I had to add a lot of extra flour; at least one cup. Still worked out great!

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  74. loRi :) says:

    Um. Yes. I made these this morning for my 9 year old daughter’s overnight birthday party guests. The search is OVER. Fabulosity at it’s finest. Instead of the glaze, however, I thinned a bit of leftover homemade cream cheese frosting I had on hand (from some caramel rolls I baked this past weekend) with cream. Drizzled it over the top. Oh man. Watch out, we were fighting over the last pieces. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  75. Ashlee says:

    I just glazed your Monkey Bread recipe! OMG! So good! We are having a bake sale tomorrow and I wanted to make something different. It is so worth the effort. My son and I had to sample it before I will package it up and we cleaned our plate in no time! Thank you for an excellent recipe!!!

  76. kathy says:

    MMM! Just a tip, to raise breads I put the bowl in the microwave with the door almost closed but the light keeps a gentle continuous warmth. Thanks!

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  78. Lydia says:

    I made this today and OMG was it ever amazing. I am sooooo full! As we were eating it, my friend Erin said she’s worshiping me today.

    I made a half batch since there were only 3 people eating it and I placed the balls in a regular loaf pan. It was perfect. Just perfect. I will definitely be making this again and again. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe.

  79. Kaite says:

    I just put this in the oven and had a quick question:

    Do you think it would still be good without the glaze on top? I’m making this for my boyfriend, and he’s pretty picky about things like that. He doesn’t like anything complicated, just a “pure” taste of cinnamon and brown sugar. Anyone with tips would be appreciated!

    And thank you SO SO much for this incredible recipe! Everything is better when made from scratch, and I’m thrilled someone else shares this philosophy! I am definitely subscribing to your incredible blog :)

  80. Mel says:

    Hi Katie, I love the glaze on this because it keeps the monkey bread moist and sweet. What did you end up doing?

  81. Tyler says:

    Searched on the web for monkey bread but all usually ended up just scanning the recipe for the words Pillsbury or refrigerated biscuit dough…..no thank you!! Your recipe sounds really good. will have to try it out. Thanks

  82. Stephanie says:

    Hi Mel!
    I am going to try this today. I have made this with frozen dough as others have commented. I always used butterscotch pudding though.

    I’m interested to taste the difference.
    My hubby loves the caramel like flavor the pudding gives it, so we will see if this wins him over.
    Thanks for all your delicious recipes. I’m so glad you feel a need to share them with the world!

  83. Stephanie says:

    I came back to leave my review.
    DELICIOUS! I am totally impressed. The dough made an amazingly soft fluffy roll. And taking the time to coat each one makes every single bite scrumptious!
    I had some leftover brown butter icing from some cinnamon rolls last week so I just used that in place of yours. I will be making this again, and will definitely try the overnight method too.
    Thanks Mel!

  84. Damaris Hannah says:

    This is the BEST monkey bread recipe ever! I made it once for my uncle when he came down to visit my family, and we all loved it! Also, this makes enough to go around! There was my uncle, my 5 other siblings, and my mom and dad, and we had enough to stuff ourselves with this delicious meal!

  85. Megan says:

    Can I make the dough in my bread machine??

  86. Mel says:

    Hi Megan – I don’t know since I’ve never used a bread machine – as long as the quantities (flour/water) fit into your bread machine, it should work though.

  87. Lillian says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I made these for my dad this last father’s day because he is a total cinnamon roll nut. He said he preferred this to the cinnamon rolls I made on his birthday, simple, gooey, deliciousness. I tried the tip and made it the night before and set it out a couple hours before I made it and it worked great! My siblings keep begging for more!

  88. Lillie says:

    Mel- Did it work to do this overnight when you tried it?
    Thanks!

  89. Tom says:

    I am so confused? You said.. on October 12, 2012 at 10:27 am
    Hey everyone, the make ahead option is a great idea and one I’ll be employing on Christmas. I haven’t tried it yet but my plan.is to make the bread, coat the dough balls, place them in the pan, cover tightly with the Saran wrap and place it in the fridge overnight. I’ll take it out 2 to 3 horse before baking then bake as directed. Once I actually try the make ahead, I’ll update the recipe.
    Umm I don’t recall 2 or three or any horses in this recipe? lol

  90. Mel says:

    Hey Lillie – sorry that I haven’t updated this recipe yet with the make-ahead. I have made it the night before several times with good results (I think the best it has ever tasted was when I made it start to finish without the overnight rest but I like the make-ahead option). One of the times, I let the dough rise too much out of the refrigerator and it kind of fell while baking so I would just keep an eye on the dough after it comes out of the refrigerator in the morning. Otherwise, it works great.

  91. Hannah says:

    FINALLY!! A monkey bread recipe that DOESN’T call for canned biscuit dough! You are the best for posting this and we can’t wait to try it out!

  92. Elizabeth says:

    I LOVE this recipe. I made it for the first time this past winter as a dessert to go with our chili, and we ate every single bit of it that night. I am in the process of making it again today. I will NEVER used canned biscuits for monkey bread again! So worth the extra effort.

  93. Melissa says:

    Made this tonight so my boys (hubby and 10-year-old son) would have a quick breakfast befor they leave for a company pool party tomorrow. Oh.my.goodness! House smells like a combo of Cinnabon and Wetzel’s Pretzels :) Tomorrow it’s brownie time. Yum!

  94. Georgina says:

    I’ve tried the monkey bread recipe and everybody loved it, its was incredible the taste the looks u name it!!! wonderful…BUT I did it today and dont know what happened but it didnt come out the way it supposed to…what could have happened..I follow the recipe exactly like it is..???????/

  95. Mel says:

    Georgina – unfortunately, without being right there in the kitchen with you and without a lot of details, I can’t determine what went wrong. Hopefully it works out if you try it again!

  96. Melodie says:

    WOW Thank You so much ! I have been searching all over for a recipe that was with homemade dough, this looks amazing I can’t wait to try it out.

  97. Annie says:

    After reading through the comments about this being prepared in advance or frozen, my family makes this every year for Christmas morning. I made this particular recipe (which rocks!) last weekend when we had houseguests and I wanted to prepare it beforehand. I made the monkey bread in full, dipped in the sugar and froze it before the second rising (wrapped well in saran and foil). The night before serving I removed from the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the oven with a loose covering of saran and a tea towel. Remove from the oven while it heats and bake as normal. My aunt, who is a professional baker also says that you could refrigerate it overnight, pop it in the oven in the morning as it heats to temperature and then bake for the 30-35 mins. This is what she does with her cinnamon rolls and it works like a charm.

  98. Annie says:

    Just as a follow up, this recipe is WAY better than my Mum’s. The individualised dipping of each piece in butter and then the cinnamon/sugar is essential for gooey, delicious Monkey bread. My family will be converted this Christmas when I make this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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