Pull-apart Monkey Bread

This Pull-apart Monkey Bread is a classic!  Not only does it taste delicious, but you get to eat it with your hands…and that makes it even better!

This Pull-apart Monkey Bread is a classic! Not only does it taste delicious, but you get to eat it with your hands...and that makes it even better!The beginning of Spring is such a great time of the year!  The end of March is always difficult for me as I feel like the weather should start warming up…but Old Man Winter is stubborn here in upstate New York.  We end up with frigid days that often still involve snow.  And all the while, I keep seeing these commercials on ESPN for the Masters down in Augusta, Georgia.  The grass is bright green and the azaleas are all in full bloom.  Then I look outside and see snow.

But April brings hope of warmer weather!  I start to plan out what to plant in the garden (even though we have to wait until mid-May to actually plant).  I start to clean out all of the dirt and sand that’s collected in the garage over the winter.  And I might even venture outside in a t-shirt.  Funny enough, temperatures are totally relative now that we live in the north.  Growing up in the south, I’d pull out a jacket if the temperature got into the 50’s.  Now once the temperature hits 50 °F in the Spring, I’ll venture out in a short-sleeved shirt.

This Pull-apart Monkey Bread is a classic! Not only does it taste delicious, but you get to eat it with your hands...and that makes it even better!One of my favorite memories from Spring is actually getting my first car.  One spring, my grandparents made the long roadtrip from east Texas to Raleigh, NC to give me their old car.  Sure, it might have been a hand-me-down car from my grandparents, but as a college student I didn’t care what I drove.  It had 4 wheels, and the promise of getting to venture off campus occasionally was enough!  And you know what?  I put some miles on that white Chevy Malibu.  From college roadtrips to my years living in south Louisiana and then up to Atlanta, that car treated me well.  I finally traded it in for a new car once I got my first job after grad school.  But I gotta admit that it was strange getting out of that car for the last time at the dealership.

This Pull-apart Monkey Bread is a classic! Not only does it taste delicious, but you get to eat it with your hands...and that makes it even better!Another favorite memory of Spring?  Pull-apart Monkey Bread.  My Mom always made this Pull-apart Monkey Bread on Easter morning.  She’d get up and prep the bread while my sister and I stretched for our annual Easter egg hunt.  (I had to be in tip-top shape to find those eggs!)  Then we’d come inside, eat some of this monkey bread and then head off to church.  There may have been more Pull-apart Monkey Bread involved post-church, too.  Just sayin’.

This Pull-apart Monkey Bread is a classic! Not only does it taste delicious, but you get to eat it with your hands...and that makes it even better!This monkey bread is pretty much one of my favorite treats ever!  It’s definitely loaded with butter and sugar, but it’s so worth the extra workout or two!  Plus, you get to eat with your hands…and that makes everything better.  I’ve seen monkey bread made with biscuit dough, and I’m sure that’s tasty.  But I love making my own dough.  And truthfully, this dough is pretty darned easy to make.  It does involve resting overnight in the fridge, though.  So spend that extra 10 minutes the night before making the dough.  Trust me when I say it’s worth it!  Enjoy!

This Pull-apart Monkey Bread is a classic! Not only does it taste delicious, but you get to eat it with your hands...and that makes it even better!

This Pull-apart Monkey Bread is a classic! Not only does it taste delicious, but you get to eat it with your hands...and that makes it even better!

Pull-apart Monkey Bread

This Pull-apart Monkey Bread is a classic!  Not only does it taste delicious, but you get to eat it with your hands…and that makes it even better!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 8 hours 45 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 629kcal

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp active dry yeast i.e. one ¼-oz. package
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • cups whole milk warm but not hot
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk

For the Filling

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon divided
  • cups brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ Tbsp vanilla extract

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the Dough

  • Using a countertop mixer, add flour, yeast, sugar and salt; stir until well combined.
  • Add milk, butter, eggs and additional egg yolk; mix on low speed until well combined. Increase speed to medium, and mix for 3-4 minutes or until a smooth dough forms.
  • Transfer dough into a large, greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours.

For the Filling

  • The next morning, spray a 10-12 cup bundt pan with baking spray; set pan aside.
  • Make the filling by melting ½ cup (4 oz.) of butter in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and 2 tsp of ground cinnamon. Set butter and cinnamon-sugar aside. (Note: Remaining butter and cinnamon will be used later.)
  • Turn dough out onto lightly-floured countertop or cutting board. Fold dough several times to remove air. Pull off a piece of dough and roll into a ~1 ball. Dip ball into melted butter and then roll in cinnamon-sugar. Place ball into greased bundt pan. Repeat with remaining dough. (Note: You should aim for for ~40 dough balls in this stage.)
  • Cover pan with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Melt remaining ½ cup (4 oz.) of butter in a medium bowl. Add brown sugar, nutmeg, vanilla and remaining 2 tsp of cinnamon; stir until well combined. Spread mixture evenly on top of dough balls in pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes, or until top of monkey bread begins to turn golden brown. (Tip: Put a baking sheet on a lower rack in the oven. The Filling sometimes bubbles over and drips out of the pan, and the baking sheet will make clean-up easy!)
  • Let bread rest in pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto large serving plate. Let cool for 10 more minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, make the Glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Drizzle glaze over top of monkey bread.

Notes

The dough for this recipe is made the night before. It only takes about 10 minutes to make…it’s worth the effort!

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34 Comments

  1. There’s lots of love about spring and I especially love everything coming back to life (particularly the fresh herbs), but definitely no sign of that yet….it’s snowing here today!!

    I’ve seen monkey bread before, but have never made. That needs to change cause it looks too fun, especially pulling it apart like that with your hands….what’s not to love! I think it’s worth having to wait for the dough overnight in the fridge if this is the end result 🙂

    P.S. Played Zelda this past weekend and I think I’m officially addicted, lol 😀

    1. Ugh…snowing yesterday?? Dawn! I mean we still had snow on the ground here yesterday, but at least it wasn’t actively snowing. Now we’re just getting a ton of rain…but at least it’s warm enough to stay away from being snow! You totally need to make monkey bread…I mean, it’s seriously fun to eat! And I actually think the overnight dough thing is easier since you can do all of the work ahead of time and then just enjoy it later…perfect for when company is in town. 🙂 Also, I’m jealous (like crazy jealous) that you’ve got the new Zelda!

  2. It’s. Still. Cold. David.
    It’s April. Suddenly thoughts of moving back to Birmingham “spring” to mind. 😉
    My family LOVES monkey bread! I’ve never made it from scratch so I need to give it a try. Recipe looks deelish! Did you know Rochester has some amazing breakfast diners? Uh-mazing! I saw a pull apart French toast yummy on one of their menus.
    Hope you guys are beginning to thaw! Happy Spring!

    1. You captured my thoughts perfectly, Marla! Every year, I wonder why it’s still cold in April. Heck, I begin wondering why it’s still cold in mid-March. I’m used to that being the time when you can begin to venture outside again. Heck, I think we planted our herbs and whatnot in late March when we lived in Atlanta! You should totally make a pull-apart monkey bread for the fam…it’s so much fun to eat! But now you have me interested in this pull-apart French toast idea. Hmmm… 🙂 Stay warm, Marla…Spring is coming!

  3. David! I have often seen monkey bread, but have never made it myself. Your look amazing!!
    PS. I am just like Dawn, officially hooked on Zelda!

    1. Ok, you and Dawn officially need to stop rubbing it in about Zelda. I want to play the new one so bad…but there’s no way I’ll have enough time! Maybe when Robbie is about 10 years old…and there will be 3 new Zeldas by then. Haha! Anyways, monkey bread is amazing, so you should totally make it from scratch. I promise it’s worth it!!

  4. Can you believe I’ve never had monkey bread? I know it should be a crime but, my Mom never made monkey bread, now that I’m thinking about it I’ve totally been deprived. I can’t wait until I can do some gardening. First I have to purchase a house, or at least rent an apartment with a balcony. I have a good amount of plants in my house, but I want some fruit bearing trees. I was thinking about starting my own herb garden. I know I can do that in my place and who doesn’t like fresh herbs. I’m dreading spring cleaning, but it’s super necessary. I have a big craft event this weekend so my house is going to be a mess for the next 5-7 days. After this event I plan on reorganizing my place, my lamp business has taken over lol. Have a great week David

    1. So I would sit here and tell you to drop everything and go make monkey bread right now, Mary…but it’s another one that isn’t too diet friendly. Maybe add it to the list? 🙂 It’s basically a butter-y, cinnamon-y, sugar-y goodness! Think cinnamon rolls in doughnut hole form. Oh, you could totally start an herb garden in your apt now. I bet you have a window that gets a good amount of afternoon sun, right? Or even morning sun? I’ve seen some really cool Pinterest ideas for indoor herb planters…and with your crafty side, I bet you could do some cool stuff! Hey, that’s awesome news about your lamp business! I’m so happy for you, my friend! Keep it up!

  5. Ahhh the joys of homemade dough – this weekend Lil Shashi and I rolled up our sleeves and made pizza dough from scratch – something we hadn’t done in forever – and it was so good – so I can imagine how good this pull apart bread is – totally, totally worth the extra workout or two!
    As for the Master’s David – a few years back at my old job (when we were Bellsouth and AT&T) I used to get FREE tickets to the Masters – I used to give those tickets away – though now I’d think twice about giving them away for free and opt instead to barter them – for THIS bread!
    You sure are right about those temps – am spoiled here in Atlanta – but its amazing how the body adapts eh?! Hoping warmer temps come y’alls way soon – we got to 80 this weekend – say what?!?!? Happy Monday, my friend!

    1. Oh my gosh, homemade pizza dough is the best! You know about our obsession with weekend pizzas (although we probably only do it about 1 weekend a month…). I’m glad you guys made some homemade dough this past weekend! So I had a chance to get free Masters tickets, too…back when I worked at that Atlanta engineering college which shall not be named. But sadly it was like the day before, and it was a Thursday I think…so I couldn’t really swing it. I wish I had though! Wait. 80° down there? That’s it. I’m moving back!

  6. I’m not sure if I have a lot of spring memories I clearly remember. Spring just happened to be my favorite season (along with an early autumn). I love everything about spring – weather, birds’ singing, to watch the trees turn green, and many other things. Even air smells different in spring! This Monkey Bread looks seriously delicious, David! You won’t believe me but I’ve never had a slice in my life. Moreover, somehow I though this bread is made of bananas:) I’d love to try this one day, but there’s a serious problem. I’m afraid I won’t stop until I eat all the bread. Hmmm, how many extra workouts that would mean?:)

    1. I’m right there with ya, Ben. I think Autumn is my favorite season still, but then Winter follows so closely behind. Ugh. Spring is up there, too, as it’s fun to see the green tips of plants coming up out of the ground after the long, cold winter. Haha…I can see why you’d think monkey bread involved bananas. But nope, it’s just cinnamon-y, butter-y, sugar-y goodness! And it would mean a LOT of extra workouts. That’s why you plan ahead and make this when you have a group of people around. That way everyone gets to work out with you…haha! Thanks, Ben!

  7. Bread is ALWAYS worth the extra workout–in my life, anyway! I’m shivering reading this post and it’s in the 60s here today. . .I went to school in Syracuse so I can sympathize with freezing temps in April. I love the story of your first car. How sweet were your grandparents? This bread looks totally divine and it would be the perfect beginning (and/or ending) to any Easter egg hunt! Have a great week, David!

    1. Oh don’t even start with the shivering in the 60s, Kelsie! But I give you a free pass since you went to school in Syracuse. It’s even worse over in that half of upstate! And now I also understand why you fled to sunny California after experiencing New York winters! I can’t wait to head back south again someday. But anyways, this bread. It is a family tradition for us on Easter, and I can’t wait to bring little Robbie into the fold with family traditions! Hope you had an awesome Monday, my friend…thank you! 🙂

  8. It’s like you read my mind ,, or I was just pulled here! We were just speaking about finding a great monkey bread recipe – and voila! Great. Thanks so much!

    1. Haha! Funny how the universe works like that, right, Cecilia? This monkey bread recipe is a darned good one, too. It’s our favorite for Easter morning/brunch. I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do! 🙂 Thank you!

  9. such a delicious treat David! and yes to eating with hands!! I am also waiting for the weather to warm up a bit, there are few days on sunshine here and there but mostly it’s been grey 🙁

    1. Yeah, we’ve got the same thing going on with the weather here, too, Manali. A couple of good days, a couple of cold rainy days. But Spring is coming…I can feel it! 🙂

  10. I always forget about monkey bread. And, don’t laugh, it just occurred to me that it’s probably called that because you eat it like a monkey, aka with you hands. duh. 🙂 Anywho, yours looks delicious! And what a festive dessert for a party or family get together!

    1. Hmmm…you know, I don’t think I’ve ever thought about where the name monkey bread comes from. It is a pretty unique name. In his comment above, Ben assumed monkey bread involved bananas…and I get that. But no bananas here. Just delicious cinnamon sugar goodness! 🙂

  11. Oh man, this monkey bread looks heavenly. It’s 10 PM and you’re making me want to head into my kitchen for some dessert!

    I agree that weather is totally relative. I laugh when I’m in the northeast with my family during winter and there will be a 50 degree day & everyone will be saying, “Isn’t it so nice & warm out??” Not when you’re used to living in Southern California! 🙂

    1. Haha…late night is always when the dessert craving hits, isn’t it, Nicole? 🙂 Oh man, I bet you have to bundle up when you come up to visit and it’s 50! It was totally mid-50’s yesterday afternoon, and I was running around outside in a t-shirt. But now we’re back to low-40’s and raining today. Boo! Hope the weather is better out on your side of the country!

    1. Thank you so much, Puja! I love thinking back about Spring memories. And I love the warm weather that comes with Spring, too. Hope you’re doing well, my friend!

  12. I’m going to pretend its Spring while I shiver like a loony here (although it is Spring weather…). I noticed this when moving West to East and vica versa!

    Okay, this monkey bread looks TOO good, and a concept I was only introduced to when in the States!

    1. Hah…you’re heading into the cold season while we’re coming out of it. We spent the weekend hanging out on the back porch since it was finally warm enough to venture outside! Come back to the States so you can get some more monkey bread, my friend!

    1. Well hey there, Kevin! You are indeed right that this bread could go for either breakfast or dessert…or maybe even both! 🙂

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