Monkey Bread is one of those delicious treats that I only make every once in a while because it’s just so sweet. I’ve seen dozens of recipes out there and they are all good but I personally find that having a guideline instead of a solid recipe works better for things like this. So, think of this recipe more like a suggestion. And believe me, your family will have absolutely zero complaints!
(disclaimer: In the interest of being honest, I forgot to take a picture of my bread so the one featured above is a free image, not the one I made!)
Anyway, here is my recipe:
- unbaked dough (see note 1)
- spray grease
- 1 - 2 sticks butter
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Spray a tube pan or bundt pan with the spray grease. (see note 2)
- Put the butter in a bowl in the microwave to melt
- Mix together the sugar and cinnamon to taste. I usually use about ¼ cup cinnamon for each cup of sugar, but you could add more or less cinnamon depending on your preferences.
- Pull the dough into small lumps the size of a silver dollar or bigger.
- Dunk the dough into the butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Once covered, drop into the pan.
- Continue until you've used all of the dough. Try and keep the mixture even.
- Sprinkle any remaining sugar on the top of the dough
- Cut the butter in to small pads and place around the top of the dough. This will help the top layer from getting too dry
- Place in the oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes. Dough should be cooked all the way through.
- Let set in the pan for a few minutes, then upend onto a plate. Enjoy! (see note 3 for additional ideas)
2. A regular cake pan will not work with this recipe, as the dough in the middle will not cook properly. I imagine a cupcake pan would work but I have not tried it. I prefer a bundt pan myself.
3. For a yummy twist, try adding a powdered sugar glaze to the top (for a cinnamon bun taste) or toss some nuts in for a crunch!