Monkey Bread – a classic pull-apart sweet dough bread generously rolled in a cinnamon sugar, baked in a bundt pan and topped with a vanilla glaze. Soft, sweet and sticky treat!
You know how much I love bread in all forms! This blog here has a long list of bread recipes that is on weekly rotation here at home. And so I am so excited to share with you one of our favorite holiday and party bread (aside from French Toast Bake) – the Monkey Bread.
Why is it called monkey bread?
Dating back in 1880s, Hungarian immigrants brought this dish with them as they migrated in America as published in a Hungarian literature. It was then called as arany galuska or also referred to as the “Hungarian Coffee Cake”.
As it became popular in America, arany galuska is often confused with the other “Monkey Bread” in which the dough balls aren’t dipped in cinnamon and sugar but only in butter. And soon, “Monkey Bread” became the more common name for this sticky sweet treat Hungarian Coffee Cake.
What is monkey bread?
Also known as sticky bread, monkey puzzle bread, cinnamon bites, Hungarian coffee cake, pinch-me cake and pluck-it cake, monkey bread is a sweet dough bread comprised of soft baked dough balls rolled in cinnamon sugar and usually topped with vanilla or caramel glaze.
It makes a great finger food as its eaters would pull apart the bread to take a piece of each dough ball like monkeys would do with their food. Thus, the name.
Easy Monkey Bread Recipe
What makes even lovable about this bread, is that you can make it easier by buying store-bought biscuit cans and just form them into balls sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
However, if opening biscuit cans scares the life out of you, you can make ahead the dough. Once the dough ball is all smooth, coat it in a vegetable oil, cover with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge. When you’re ready to bake it, just place it in a warm area and let it rise for several hours before you cut and shape them into little balls.
And do you know that you can also add different fruits in this bread to get it more exciting? Oh yesss. You can mix each little dough balls with fruits like raspberries, blueberry, and raisins. OR add slices of bananas or crushed pecans in the bundt pan before you start assembling them.
But if you like it the old-fashion way, this vanilla glaze will be good enough for you. You’d definitely won’t stop with your first pull apart ball of bread.
Tips and Notes
- Only let the monkey bread rest in the bundt pan for a maximum of 5 minutes after baking or else it’ll stick to the bottom of the pan.
- If the top pieces of the bread are getting too dark while baking, cover the top part loosely with a tin foil.
- Add fruits or nuts, if desired. You can go for sliced bananas, blueberries, raspberries or pecans.