Hi guys – Jeff here! My Grandma McCarthy made monkey bread every holiday growing up. I remember like it was yesterday, walking into her house and smelling that incredible sweet cinnamon scent that lingered for hours after she pulled it out of the oven.
Grandma worked really hard to get the monkey bread just right and I certainly can’t match her skills by making the dough from scratch, kneading, rolling and cutting it into perfectly round pieces. Sometime over the years I switched to using canned biscuit dough and came up with a few other ways to speed up the process. In tribute to Grandma McCarthy, this is how I make monkey bread.
Want to make sticky and gooey Monkey Bread?
Simply replace the quick drizzle sauce below with one of my easy caramel sauce recipes. Click here.
You will need to make the caramel sauce before you start the monkey bread and have it ready to go.
1 can biscuit dough (8 biscuits)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup Jeff’s easy caramel sauce – See recipe here
3/4 cup quick drizzle sauce:
– 1/2 cup well packed brown sugar
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 3/4 stick of butter
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
You can double the dough part of the recipe above (dough, sugar and cinnamon) and it will fit in a typical size bundt pan. Just increase to baking time to 38 mins and use 1 – 1 1/4 cups of sauce
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8″ x 8″ baking dish or a bundt pan. Use bundt pan if doubling the recipe!
Make the caramel sauce or quick drizzle sauce and have it ready to go.
For the quick drizzle sauce, in a small sauce pan, add butter, brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon, then bring to a boil over medium heat for 3 – 4 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool while you are preparing the dough.
Be careful when handling the sauce, it is extremely hot! Again you can see my easy caramel sauce recipes here.
In a ziplock bag, mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Open biscuit can and cut each round into 4 – 6 equal pieces, I use kitchen scissors or a pizza slicer for this step. Add dough pieces to the ziplock bag and shake well coving all sides of each piece.
Begin placing the dough pieces into the baking dish/pan building the first layer. Drizzle a portion of the caramel or quick drizzle sauce over the top ensuring to cover each piece. Repeat layers until all pieces are in the pan and covered with sauce. You can save some of the sauce to use when serving.
Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 – 6 mins.
While still warm, place a plate over the top of the baking dish/pan and quickly turn over. Your monkey bread should come out on the plate looking great and ready to serve.
Enjoy! Let me know in the comments what you think & if you have a monkey recipe you love..
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