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This Homemade Monkey Bread Recipe is so good and so easy that it made it into my cookbook! Throw away the cans of dough you guys and make this from scratch! My 14 year old son just made the actual monkey bread that you see in the updated photos, so if he can do it, so can you! This is a great recipe for those bakers that are just beginning to bake with yeast breads and anyone that is wanting a sweet, carb-loaded treat!

Homemade Monkey Bread
Homemade Monkey Bread

 Homemade Monkey Bread  From Scratch

Listen, I LOVE a good canned dough recipe. I have no problem using them in camping foods or in a pinch. But this Monkey bread is so easy that just seems wrong to use a canned dough. If I am going to indulge in something this amazingly bad for me, I want it to be homemade and the best it can be.You need a lovely homemade sweet dough to start and please do not let that scare you away. This is SO easy, I promise that it only takes one run through of the recipe and the second time you are a pro!

Close up of homemade monkey bread
Close up of homemade monkey bread

How To Make Monkey Bread

I am going to go step by step through this recipe for you guys, with some photos to show you what’s going on as well! Like I said, my son made this and while you would think he’s a super baker and cook because I’m his Mama, he’s still learning! Onward, bakers!

Sweet Dough
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup of milk, warmed to 115 degrees
1/3 cup water, warmed to 115 degrees
1/4 cup white  sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons of bread machine yeast or rapid rise
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for your work surface
2  tsp of salt
1/2 cup of toasted pecans
1/2 cup of plumped up raisins ( boiled or soaked in water)

Brown Sugar Coating
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2  teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of melted butter

Preheat your oven for rising, turn it on to 175 degrees  then turn it off when it’s heated, this is as warm as it should get.

In large measuring cup, mix together milk, water, melted butter, sugar, and yeast.

This recipe is as easy to do by hand as it is by mixer, so pick your poison.

If you would like to use a stand mixer, mix flour and salt into the mixer bowl that is fitted with a oiled dough hook.  Oiling the hook makes sure the dough doesn’t climb the hook and go all crazy on you. Works like a charm!

Using the lowest setting, start the dough hook going and slowly add the milk mixture. After dough comes together, increase speed to medium and  let your dough hook do the work until the dough is shiny and smooth, about 5-6 minutes. The dough should be slightly sticky but if it is too wet to come together into a ball, add an additional 2 tablespoons flour. It should just barely stick to your hands, nothing more. Turn dough onto lightly floured counter and knead briefly to form a smooth, round ball.

If you are ready for a workout and want to do this by hand or don’t own a stand mixer, mix the flour and salt in large bowl. Make a well in the flour, then add the milk mixture, pouring into the well. Using a wooden spoon, stir until the dough is difficult to stir and it’s almost a ball in the middle of the bowl. Turn out onto lightly floured work surface and begin to knead, incorporating any loose scraps back into the dough. Knead until dough is smooth and satiny, about 10 minutes, giving those arms a workout and a half! Shape into a round ball.

Take the ball of dough and place in a well oiled bowl, covering it up. Put it the oven and let the dough rise until doubled in size, anywhere from 45-60 minutes.

When that is done, grease your bundt pan and set aside.

 

Step by Step Photos for Making Monkey Bread

Take out the dough and on a lightly floured work surface roll it into a 8 inch by 8 inch square. Yes, I measured. With a measuring tape. Once you have that 8×8 square, mark off 8 sections, each way, so you are ending up with 64 lovely little squares.

8x8 square of monkey bread dough ready to be cut
8×8 square of monkey bread dough ready to be cut

See? It’s easier than it looks! I know that I sound crazy that I cut the dough into 64 pieces, but it works!

8x8 square of monkey bread dough cut into 62 pieces
8×8 square of monkey bread dough cut into 62 pieces

Cut the squares apart,making sure to separate them as you cut, they love to stick back together which defeats the purpose entirely. I usually just scoot them to the side of the cutting board so that they are out of the way.

Homemade Monkey Bread being cut into squares
Homemade Monkey Bread being cut into squares

Melt the 1/2 cup of butter in a bowl. In a larger bowl combine the brown sugar and 2 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Roll a dough square into a ball, dip it in the butter, dip it in the sugar mix then place it in the bundt pan.

 Dipping monkey bread dough into butter, then sugar, then placing in a bundt pan
Dipping monkey bread dough into butter, then sugar, then placing in a bundt pan

Stagger the layers until it looks like this. Build like you would build a brick wall, staggering the “bricks” so that the seams are not in the same place ever, building a lovely wall of dough. Sprinkle a few raisins and pecans between each of the layers, however you want. Ok, not quite like this, this is AFTER it rose, but you get the point. To get to this literal point now, you have to once again place the dough somewhere warm, the oven works perfectly.In about 45-50 minutes the dough will rise almost to the top of the pan.

Monkey dough fully risen in a bundt pan
Monkey dough fully risen in a bundt pan

Time to bake! After you remove the pan from the oven preheat it to 350 then get those babies back in there to bake. This took about 22-25 minutes in my oven. The bread will look slightly dark – watch out, you can overcook this!- and crisp on the outside.

Monkey bread baked in a blue bundt pan
Monkey bread baked in a blue bundt pan

Flip onto a beautiful plate and serve to very grateful recipients! You can frost this with plain icing, cream cheese icing or anything you want, however serving it without makes it less cinnamon bun- like. It’s like one, big, amazing pile of homemade doughnut holes this way, NOT a cinnamon bun. We don’t ice it in the slightest, if I wanted cinnamon buns I would just make them.

Homemade Monkey Bread on a black wire rack
Homemade Monkey Bread on a black wire rack

Karlynn’s Tips & Tricks for Making Monkey Bread

  • I said 64 squares, but the monkey bread pictured had 54 or so. It’s really a flexible recipe, what you are aiming for is pieces that aren’t too thick and are about an inch wide and roll into an inch wide ball of dough. That size bakes up nicely!
  • You can add pecans, walnuts, anything that your heart desires into your monkey bread. We love raisins the best, so this one pictured is plain raisins.
  • If you are looking for an icing recipe, try my Buttery Vanilla Glaze, it works perfectly!

This is a new family favorite, perfect for Sundays at home with the kids, I can’t wait to make it again!

Happy Baking!

Love,

Karlynn

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Monkey Bread Recipe

Monkey Bread made with a homemade sweet dough, easy, delicious and wonderful for weekend brunches.
5 from 59 votes
Prep Time
1 hour
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 20 minutes
Course
Breakfast
Cuisine
American
Servings
6
Calories
703
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

Sweet Dough

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup milk warmed to 115 °F
  • 1/3 cup water warmed to 115 °F
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast or rapid rise
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for your work surface
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup plumped up raisins boiled or soaked in water

Brown Sugar Coating

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1.  Preheat your oven for rising, turn it on to 175 degrees then turn it off when it's heated, this is as warm as it should get.

  2. In a large measuring cup, mix together milk, water, melted butter, sugar, and yeast.

  3. This recipe is as easy to do by hand as it is by mixer, so pick your poison.

  4. If you would like to use a stand mixer, mix flour and salt into the mixer bowl that is fitted with an oiled dough hook. Oiling the hook makes sure the dough doesn't climb the hook and go all crazy on you. Works like a charm!

  5. Using the lowest setting, start the dough hook going and slowly add the milk mixture. After dough comes together, increase speed to medium and let your dough hook do the work until the dough is shiny and smooth, about 6 to 7 minutes. The dough should be slightly sticky but if it is too wet to come together into a ball, add an additional 2 tablespoons flour. It should just barely stick to your hands, nothing more. Turn dough onto lightly floured counter and knead briefly to form a smooth, round ball.

  6. If you are ready for a workout and want to do this by hand, mix flour and salt in large bowl. Make a well in the flour, then add the milk mixture, pouring into the well. Using a wooden spoon, stir until the dough is difficult to stir and it's almost a ball in the middle of the bowl. Turn out onto lightly floured work surface and begin to knead, incorporating any loose scraps back into the dough. Knead until dough is smooth and satiny, about 10 minutes, giving those arms a workout and a half! Shape into a round ball.

  7. Take the ball of dough and place in a well oiled bowl, covering it up. Put it in the oven and let the dough rise until doubled in size, anywhere from 45-60 minutes.

  8. When that is done, grease your bundt pan and set aside.

  9. Take out the dough and on a lightly floured work surface roll it into a 8 inch by 8 inch square.

  10. Once you have that 8x8 square, mark off 8 sections, each way, so you are ending up with 64 lovely little squares.

  11. Cut the squares apart, making sure to separate them as you cut, they love to stick back together which defeats the purpose entirely.

  12. Melt the 1/2 cup of butter in a bowl.

  13. In a larger bowl combine the brown sugar and 2 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

  14. Roll a dough square into a ball, dip it in the butter, dip it in the sugar mix then place it in the bundt pan.

  15. Stagger the layers. Build like you would build a brick wall, staggering the "bricks" so that the seams are not in the same place ever, building a lovely wall of dough. Sprinkle a few raisins and pecans between each of the layers, however you want.

  16. In about 45-50 minutes the dough will rise almost to the top of the pan.

  17. Time to bake! After you remove the pan from the oven preheat it to 350 degrees then get those babies back in there to bake.

  18. This took about 22-25 minutes in my oven.

  19. The bread will look slightly dark so watch out, you can overcook this!- and crisp on the outside.

Recipe Notes

This will last on the counter for 1-2 days ( as if! Who has leftover Monkey bread??)

Nutrition Information

Serving: 6g, Calories: 703kcal, Carbohydrates: 110g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 977mg, Potassium: 328mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 46g, Vitamin A: 13.3%, Vitamin C: 0.8%, Calcium: 11.4%, Iron: 22.5%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Mr. Kitchen Magpie says

    This is one of my all time favourites for breakfast!

  2. Heather Penberthy says

    I make this with apples inside. roll it like cinnamon roll cut down the middle then cross way then put into bundt pan. that has brown sugar butter and whipping cream.. when baked turn over and the caramel runs down the sides,. yummy

  3. Brian Adams says

    I’ve made this several times, and will do it again soon! Wonderful recipe, thank you!

  4. Kristin Kawecki Greenwood says

    Making this for a play date this morning (and mostly for the moms!)

  5. Aliza Woodcock says

    Wade Woodcock did you put this on as a reminder for your mother?

  6. RuthMEtienne says

    I made this recipe twice now and for reason my dough is not rising. Idk what I’m doing wrong

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      RuthMEtienne It’s your yeast for sure. Buy a fresh jar and make sure the water is as warm as I specify.

    • PennyFawver says

      RuthMEtienne Or your house is told cold. Bread will not raise in a cold house. No matter if the yeast is new or not.

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      talia_teeger9 That looks incredible!!! I’m drooling!

  7. Mel says

    Just made this delicious recipe. My roommate was not planning on eating any of the bread, but guess who popped into the kitchen when I was taking the bread out of the oven? My roommate is a very picky eater. He took one little piece….next thing I know it was half gone…lol glad he didn’t plan on eating any or there wouldn’t have been any left for me to try!  Thanks for the great recipe

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Mel LOL! How can you resist the smell of this bread? I’m not

      surprised he popped in to snack!

  8. Virginia says

    I have made this several times already it`s such a sin!!! It goes in minutes, people can’t stop eating it. I usually don’t have raisins but I do have dried apricots, I plump them in hot water, and my oh my!!! Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe, all the way from Montreal.

  9. marlab31 says

    I am doing this recipe right now, has anyone done individual ones?  I am going to put 3 balls in each cup of a muffin tin.

  10. Bart says

    Ive made this a few time, got one doing a final rise right now! GREAT Recipe. Ive been working on a savory version Garlic/Parmesean. Made it twice, the first wasnt quite right,  but MUCH better second time. Add 1/4 cup parm and 1T garlic powder to dough. Then combine parmesan, garlic salt and finely chopped rosemary. Dip in butter and coat with mixture. Awesome on a family lasagna night =)

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Bart That sounds AMAZING! I will try to make it when I get home!

  11. Bart says

    ive made this a few times and ive gone one covered and doing a final rise now. only thing ive added was a little bit of orange zest. Ive been experimenting with a savory version of this using garlic and parmesean and it works just as well. 1/4 cup grated parm and a tablespoon garlic powder in the dough, then dip in butter and roll in more parm, garlic salt and rosemary. Thank you for the great recipe to start from! #Yeastieboy

  12. Travis Dean says

    Has any any one tried making in it is a stack-cooker from Tupperware in the microwave??!!!

  13. Rachael says

    I am a fellow with Teach for China and used your recipe (with substitutions) to make this using a rice cooker in rural china!  My local teachers loved it! Thank you =]

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Rachael  That is a seriously awesome life hack using a rice cooker! Good job!! 

    • technosauruspunk says

      @Rachael  could you tell us what substitutions you made? I have a friend in Japan I would love to introduce this recipe to, but most people in Japan don’t have ovens either.

  14. EmmaRWallace says

    What size pan did you use? I am making this for Christmas and my pan is 27cm so bit worried mines too big for this recipe!!

  15. mldingler says

    We just finished having a hot cocoa tea party with this, and it’s AMAZING! I didn’t add in the nuts or raisins ( I didn’t have nuts and i don’t like raisins!) My husband said it was the best monkey bread he had ever had, and I agree! Simply perfect!

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      mldingler So glad that you liked it! Funny enough I made it this past weekend as well.

      • mldingler says

        thekitchenmagpie is there any way you can make this in advance? I am hosting an Origami Owl party on Saturday, and I am having a monkey bread bar for the food. I would like not be rushing around last minute, but I really want to make this amazing bread! 

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