Mary’s Monkey Bread with Step-by-Step Instructions and Homemade Yeast Dough Recipe
My collection of comfort food recipes just wouldn’t be complete without this delectable monkey bread recipe. No monkeys involved! Just tons of gooey cinnamon dough balls piled on top of each other in a Bundt pan. Half the fun of making monkey bread is seeing the kids pull apart the delicious cinnamony bread. A little mess never hurt anyone, right?
The last time I made this one, I stayed up until 3 in the morning perfecting the recipe—so you can make the perfect monkey bread at home, too. When I made the real thing the next day, everyone kept coming back for more. It disappeared so fast, I probably should have made extra. I mean, the whole house smelled fabulous, so I guess I can’t blame them!
It’s All in the Homemade Yeast Dough
My recipe uses a yeast-based dough, but if you’re in a pinch—or are nervous about working with yeast—just grab 3 cans of buttermilk biscuits at your local grocery store. The directions for this easy hack can be found at the end of the recipe! Trust me, the homemade yeast dough version is totally worth the extra effort. If you have any questions while you’re working on this one, feel free to reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram—I’m so excited about the yeast dough that I’d be happy to help you out!
How to Make the Perfect Monkey Bread: Pro Tips
1: You Can Make Monkey Bread Dough Ahead of Time
If you want to make the dough for your monkey bread ahead and save some time later, just make the dough, form it into 1½” balls, arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and pop them in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. You can transfer them into a freezer bag once they’re frozen and save them for later use, though frozen dough tends not to rise quite as well. If frozen, you will need to thaw the balls in the refrigerator overnight on a baking pan covered lightly with plastic wrap. After that, you’ll still need to let them rise at room temperature as described in the recipe.
2: Dealing with Balls of Dough that Stick to the Pan
When you remove your monkey bread from the pan after baking, some of the dough balls might be stuck to the pan. It’s no problem if this happens! You can just pop them back into place and then add the drizzle on top. It’s a no-fuss presentation, and everybody likes to pull the bread apart by hand anyway, so no biggie.
3: Easy Hack: Skip the Yeast Dough and Make Monkey Bread with Buttermilk Biscuits
If you don’t want to make your own yeast dough, just pick up 3 to 4 cans of regular buttermilk biscuits (not the flaky variety). The amount of dough you need depends on the size of your Bundt pan—I’d grab 4 cans just to be safe. When you’re ready to start, cut each biscuit into quarters, roll them into balls, and proceed with the recipe as written.
Store-bought biscuits don’t need to rise in the pan like yeast dough does, so you’ll save a little time too. Just pour the brown sugar butter mixture over the dough, and your monkey bread is ready to go in the oven! One last thing: monkey bread is best served the day it is made, but you can store it at room temperature and serve it the next day too. It won’t taste as good any longer than that, so call your friends before you get cooking!
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