Monkey Bread From Scratch

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Making Monkey Bread From Scratch is so easy you will wonder why you ever bothered with premade! Nothing beats freshly made bread – except maybe freshly made monkey bread!

monkey bread from scratch

I decided for my birthday, instead of a cake, I wanted to try to make monkey bread. I saw it on TV before, had heard of it many times, but never made it. Let me just say, it was absolutely delicious!

Because it is technically bread, when you bake it, it spreads that “fresh baked bread” smell all through the house (love love LOVE that smell). Once you taste it, you automatically get a sweet, dessert vibe from it. Such a great combination!

This would be great to make for Easter, because the pieces are made to pull away what you want, when you want it.

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Just a note: the dough that is made from this recipe can be used as an easy yeast roll as well. Just separate the dough into 12 pieces and put into muffin tins, or place side by side in a square casserole pan. Top each dough piece with butter or margarine, bake and enjoy!

Monkey Bread From Scratch


1 package of active dry yeast
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons veg. oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 1/2 cups flour, plus more for kneading
1/4 lb butter or margarine (you won’t use it all but just in case), melted
1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, mixed together


Heat water to 105 to 115 degrees.
Dissolve the yeast in the water in a large bowl.
Stir in sugar, oil, salt and egg.
Stir in one cup of flour until smooth.
Cover with a cloth and set in a warm place for 15 minutes.
Get out bundt pan and do not grease it (I greased mine which is why my bread came out so brown, so don’t grease yours!)
Stir down the sponge and add 1 1/2 cups flour.
If you have a stand mixer:
Use the paddle attachment until the flour is totally mixed in and then change to the bread dough attachment.
If you don’t have a stand mixer:
Take dough out of bowl and onto a floured surface. Knead for 3 minutes adding flour if the dough is still sticky(you want it to be kind of sticky though).
Divide the dough into 32 pieces(use a pizza cutter to make it easier) and shape into balls.
Roll each ball into the melted margarine and arrange balls into the bundt pan, sprinkling the cinnamon sugar mixture in between layers.
If you want, you can baste the top of the bread with the remaining butter or margarine(waste not want not!).
Sprinkle the top of the bread with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Let rise another 25 minutes in a warm place and preheat oven to 425 degrees. If the oven was your warm place the last time, then well, I guess you’ll have to put it next to the oven on the counter. Yeah, that sounds like a plan.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes until light brown.
Remove from the pan to a rack or plate to cool.

Note: you can roll each dough piece in the butter, then in the cinnamon sugar if you want, but i’m lazy so I did it the “lazy mom’s” way.

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  1. 3.20.08

    That looks greaT! I may actually try this recipe. The only thing that I don’t have is the yeast. Is it more of a dessert? I know that you had it instead of birthday cake.

  2. 3.21.08
    Amiyrah said:

    Technically, its just a sweet bread but not as sweet as cake. I just wanted something different and I love sweet bread. Its something that would be great as a breakfast bread.