Saturday, February 1, 2014

Monkey Bread

Have you ever made Monkey Bread? My sister has this recipe in an older cookbook, Pillsbury, I think, and we've been using it for 30 years. A little work and mess but so worth it! Recipe at the bottom.

Dough before kneading.

Dough after kneading.

Dough rolled out. Mine rarely looks like a perfect rectangle.

Dough after cutting. A pizza cutter works marvels.

Dough squares layered in the pan before rising.

Dough after rising. On a bitterly cold January day, this is all I could hope for. It can be puffier in better weather.

Right out of the oven.

Right out of the pan.


If you'd like to give it a go, here is the recipe:

3-3 1/2 C flour
2 T sugar
1 t salt
1 pkg (regular) yeast
1 C very warm water
2 T margarine
1 egg

1/3 C melted margarine

Generously grease a bundt pan.

In a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 C flour, sugar, salt, yeast, water, margarine (the 2 T), and egg. Beat well (can use electric mixer) until smooth. Stir in remaining flour until not real sticky.

Knead on floured surface until smooth. About 1 minute.

Roll on floured surface, with floured pin, to 15" x 12". Cut into diamond shaped pieces 1 1/2"-2".

Dip each piece in melted margarine and layer in bundt pan.

Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot for 45-60 minutes. Until doubled in size. Can take longer on cold days.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Let pan cool for a few minutes then invert onto a plate to cool. If you greased the pan well, it will pop right out. Eating it still warm is a pretty good idea.



  1. I used to make that a lot..It's been a long time..You can do it with Pillsbury biscuits too, I think :)

  2. That looks incredibly yummy! I've made it but with balls of dough. Enjoy your weekend my friend!

  3. A friend from high school taught me how to make this years ago. She rolls hers in brown sugar after dipping in butter, so it came out all melty gooey and wonderful.

  4. I've made it with dough balls too, but your cutting method sounds great. I've got to try this, so thanks for the recipe!

  5. I would like to give it a go.
    I've only seen this recipe using canned biscuits. Now, I'm trying to make what I can at home without having to purchase extras ...and this looks like it will fit the bill.
    I'm pinning it and going to try it. Just as soon as I start feeling better. :/

  6. I was just reading a recipe for monkey bread the other day, I've never had it or made it, it looks real good!!

  7. Never heard about, funny name thou. Wanna try this bread recipe.

    1. I don't know where the name comes from. Lots of variations out there too, but this recipe is quite good.

  8. Well that's a new one on me, never seen monkey bread before! Looks delicious but then again, how can you go wrong with fresh baked bread! Thanks for the recipe Diane.