Monkey Bread

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Monkey Bread is a sweet and sticky pastry served as an indulgent breakfast or delicious dessert. This treat has cinnamon-sugar coated pieces of dough baked with a sticky sweet syrup. 

A cake stand showcasing the finished monkey bread, a delicious and sweet dessert or breakfast option that's ready to be enjoyed.

Why Is It Called Monkey Bread?

The name “Monkey Bread” comes from this dessert being a finger food. Monkey Bread requires you to pull it apart to get pieces, similar to how a monkey eats. Ha!

Growing up, Monkey Bread was a staple on Christmas mornings and a favorite for many of our birthday breakfasts. After years of refining the recipe, I’m excited to share my version, which is the best i’ve ever tried. (So good we made a Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread you have to try next!)


How do i know my monkey bread is done? Look for a puffy and slightly crisp top. Insert a skewer into the thickest part; if it comes out clean, the bread is likely ready. You can also gently move a few pieces in the center to check for doughiness. If there are no doughy pieces, it’s ready to be taken out of the oven.

Biscuits being cut and prepared for the monkey bread recipe.

Layering the pecan and brown sugar topping in the bottom of the pan, followed by placing cinnamon-sugar covered biscuits on top, prepared for baking.

The delicious monkey bread recipe being prepped for baking, and then coming out of the oven, freshly baked to perfection, with a delightful sugar and pecan topping.


Storage Tips

Monkey Bread Storage: Store at room temperature, in a airtight container for up to two days.

Make-Ahead: To make ahead, refrigerate quartered biscuits in Bundt pan, then let stand 30 minutes at room temperature before baking.

Freezing: Freeze wrapped leftovers up to 3 months; expect texture and flavor changes. Do not freeze uncooked dough.

A hand reaching out to take a piece of the finished dessert or breakfast.



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    1. Sorry I’ve never tried this recipe in a cake pan; I have in a muffin tin though (just make miniature monkey breads)

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