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cinnamon sugar coated pull apart bread

From Scratch Monkey Bread

Michele Pesula Kuegler
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rising time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Breakfast
Servings 8


  • Dough
  • 1 cup milk warmed
  • 1/3 cup water warmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 3-1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Coating
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • To prepare dough
  • In a medium bowl, stir milk, water, butter, sugar, and yeast. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine flour and salt in bowl of stand mixer.
  • Add liquids to flour mixture and mix on low speed until dough forms a ball.
  • If dough is sticky, add more flour until dough clings to the hook.
  • Knead for 5 minutes on speed 4.
  • Grease a large bowl with butter.
  • Transfer dough to bowl, flip so that all sides are coated with butter.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area to rise for one hour. (Note: After this rising, my dough hadn’t risen much but had a tender texture.)
  • Place dough on a floured work surface and pat into a 8 or 9 inch square. Cut into 64 evenly sized squares.
  • To assemble monkey bread
  • Melt butter in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine sugar and cinnamon in a second small bowl.
  • Grease bundt pan with butter.
  • Take one small square of dough, roll into a ball (doesn’t need to be perfect). Dip in butter, coating all of it. Roll in sugar mixture coating entire ball.
  • Place ball in bundt pan.
  • Repeat with 63 other pieces of dough, creating a bottom layer.
  • Add additional dough balls, distributing evenly.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area to rise for one hour. The dough should double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the sugar mixture is bubbly at side of pan.
  • Cool for 5 minutes, then invert on serving plate.
  • If desired, create a glaze of powdered sugar and milk to drizzle on individual servings.
Keyword monkey bread