Home > Breakfast > Monkey Bread Monkey Bread July 2, 2019 | 7 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Monkey bread is a sweet and sticky pastry served as an indulgent breakfast or delicious dessert. This treat is made up of cinnamon-sugar coated pieces of dough and baked with a sticky sweet syrup. We love adding pecans to this monkey bread, but you can also enjoy it nut-free or with different add ons. Read on for how-tos and plenty of variation ideas! If you’ve ever wondered about the seemingly odd name for a sugared biscuit cake, I’ve been there too. Why do they call it Monkey bread? The name “monkey bread” comes from this dessert being a finger food. Monkey bread requires you to pick it apart to get pieces, similar to how a monkey eats. Ha! What biscuits to use I recommend using Pillsbury Grands flaky layers biscuits (not sponsored). They’re the perfect size to use in this monkey bread and they rise nicely. Beyond getting the right biscuits, the most important tip for this cake: generously grease and flour the pan! Below is a quick break down. How to grease a bundt pan First make sure you’re using a high quality bundt pan: don’t use a springform pan or pan with a removable bottom (the sugar/sauce will leak through creating a disaster. (If you don’t have a bundt pan, see below for baking this in a 9 x 13 pan!) Spray the bundt pan with cooking spray or brush an even layer of softened butter all over. Make sure every part of the inside of the bundt pan is covered so none of the biscuits stick. Once sprayed, immediately sprinkle flour over the spray and then tap and turn the pan to evenly coat with a light dusting of flour. Tap the pan upside down (over the sink) to remove any excess flour. And now the pan is ready to be filled with monkey bread! How to make a monkey cake Grease and flour the bundt pan: see the directions above. Make brown sugar mixture: melt butter and allow it to cool a bit. Mix in brown sugar, vanilla extract, and pecans to the melted butter and mix. Cut up your biscuits: slice your biscuits into fourths and cover them in your cinnamon sugar mixture. Layer bundt pan: start by pouring a bit of your brown sugar, pecan mixture to the bottom of the bundt cake. Then layer on your cut biscuits. Pour the remaining brown sugar, pecan mixture to the top of the biscuits. Bake: bake your monkey bread at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from cake pan. How to know when monkey bread is done When monkey bread is fully cooked through it should be puffy and slightly crisp on top. A skewer, when inserted into the thickest part, should come out clean. You can also move around a few pieces in the center to see if they are at all doughy. If there are some doughy pieces, leave it in for longer, and if not it’s good to go! Monkey bread storage Does monkey bread need to be refrigerated? No! In fact it’s better to not refrigerate monkey bread. Refrigerating will make the cake stale and hard. Room temperature storage is the best option. Monkey cake is best stored in an airtight container (on a counter out of direct sunlight). I recommend a plastic bag as it minimizes moisture loss and keeps the bread soft for up to two days. How to make ahead of time Quarter the biscuits and then place them in a well greased bundt pan Cover pan with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge until ready to bake. When you are ready to bake the monkey bread, remove the bundt pan from the fridge and allow the cinnamon roll pieces to come to room temperature (this should take no more than 30 minutes). Whip together the brown sugar mixture, pour it over the dough in the bundt pan, and bake for 2o minutes at 400 degrees F. How to freeze monkey bread Package leftovers in tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and then in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge. Freezing and thawing monkey bread will cause a loss in texture and flavor. (Never freeze the uncooked dough as it will render the yeast inactive.) Monkey bread variations Monkey bread from scratch: to make this from scratch, you’re going to want to make your own biscuits. I’d recommend Sally’s Baking Addiction for a from-scratch recipe! Add ins: you can add finely chopped (and peeled) apples, raisins, and/or nuts to this monkey bread. Add half the biscuit pieces and then sprinkle add-ins in the middle and a few more on top. Monkey bread in a loaf pan: make sure you grease 2 light colored (don’t use dark coated) loaf pans well and follow the below directions. Divide biscuits evenly between the two pans and then bake at 400 degrees F for 19-25 minutes. Removal from the loaf pan will be super similar to removing the monkey bread from a bundt pan. More details here. Monkey bread with cinnamon rolls: I’ve created this fun variation here: cinnamon roll monkey bread. Alternatively you can use this recipe and add a cream cheese frosting or glaze on top. Monkey bread muffins: follow the ingredients in this recipe and then grease each individual muffin tin and add 4 cinnamon roll pieces to each muffin tin. Individually drizzle the brown sugar sauce on top of each muffin. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes. More details here. Monkey bread with butterscotch pudding: my neighbor is famous for her butterscotch pudding monkey bread recipe How to make monkey bread without a bundt pan Monkey bread in a 9×13 pan: this recipe works great in a casserole or 9 x 13 dish. To do so: follow the same steps as we do below on this recipe (place cut up sugared biscuit pieces in greased pan and drizzle sauce over top.) Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes. Savory side dishes Balance the sweet with this savory breakfast dishes Sausage and Veggie Hash Ham and Cheese Quiche Country Breakfast Egg Skillet Quiche Lorraine reader favorite! One Pan Breakfast Potatoes and Bacon Quick tips When melting the butter for the sauce, make sure to let the butter come back to room temperature. If the butter is too hot when you add in the sugar, it will melt the sugar and become excessively greasy Don’t let the monkey cake cool for too long in the pan. Let it cool for 10 minutes max, otherwise it will harden and stick to the pan. FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Monkey Bread 5 from 5 votes - Review this recipe Monkey bread is a sweet and sticky pastry served as an indulgent breakfast or delicious dessert. Essentially it's cinnamon-sugar coated pieces of dough baked with a sticky sweet syrup. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Monkey Bread 5 from 5 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Monkey bread is a sweet and sticky pastry served as an indulgent breakfast or delicious dessert. Essentially it's cinnamon-sugar coated pieces of dough baked with a sticky sweet syrup. Course Breakfast, Dessert Cuisine American Keyword monkey bread Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 35 minutes Total Time 50 minutes Servings 4 -6 servings (a little goes a long way, it's sweet!) Calories 547kcal Ingredients3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted1/2 cup white granulated sugar1 and 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon2 (16.3 ounces EACH) cans Pillsbury Grands Flaky layers refrigerated biscuits (8 biscuits per can, 16 total needed for this recipe)1 cup packed dark (or light) brown sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract3/4 cup chopped pecans InstructionsPREP: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease (with cooking spray) and then lightly flour a large bundt pan (12 cup).BUTTER: In a microwave safe bowl, add the butter. Melt and then set aside to get to room temperature. You want it at room temperature before adding other ingredients so it doesn't melt the sugar and make it greasy/grainy.BISCUIT PREP: In a separate large bowl, whisk together the white sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Separate the biscuits then cut each biscuit into four equal pieces. Add the biscuit pieces to the cinnamon-sugar mixture, tossing the biscuits gently in the cinnamon sugar mixture until all the biscuits are well coated.BUTTER CONT.: The butter should now be at room temperature. Add in the brown sugar, vanilla, and pecans. Stir until combined.ASSEMBLE: Add a few spoonfuls of the butter pecan mixture to the bottom of the bundt pan then add the biscuit pieces on top. Sprinkly any remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over top of the biscuits. Pour the remaining butter pecan mixture on top of the biscuits and then bake the monkey bread for 30-40 minutes or until it is cooked through. To test: insert a skewer into the inside (middle) of the monkey bread and if it comes out clean it should be done! If it starts browning too quickly on top, tent some foil over the monkey bread.SERVE: Remove the pan from the oven and allow the monkey bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before inverting it onto a cake pan or serving plate and serve! Nutrition FactsCalories: 547kcal DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.