Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Sometimes, you draw inspiration from people around you.  I recently met a couple of lovely ladies, and one of them asked if I had ever made Monkey Bread and done the conversion for TMX.  The truth was, I had no idea what she was talking about, but she seemed really excited about it, and it made me excited too.  She had described little pillows of bread, dripping in Garlic butter………….who would wouldn’t be excited???  So, I started investigating, and the great thing about this “Monkey Bread” was that you could coat the “pillows” of bread in almost anything.   Next time I will do Garlic and Herb

From the research I did online, Monkey Bread seems to be an American thing, and generally the bread pillows are made from their “biscuits” and can be bought in a can……errrr  What???  Bread/biscuits in a can, does not sound appealing, but I found this site with a recipe from scratch – Monkey Bread

So, last weekend, I needed something for an afternoon tea, and figured that I would give the Cinnamon Monkey Bread a  go and did the conversions.  I have made some small changes, but only minor.  It does take time, but OMG!!!!!  It is yummy!  Its like a massive cake tin full of cinnamon doughnut holes dripping in a yummy caramelised sauce.  All I can say is MAKE THIS RECIPE!  mmmm….nomm….nommmm…nom!


Coating for the Balls 🙂

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspons cinnamon


  1. Combine sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside


440g Plain flour

160g Bakers Flour

1 tsp salt

1 pkt yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)

250ml very warm milk  (I did this in the microwave)

60mls orange juice

1 tbsp honey

30g melted butter

Method for Bread:

  1. Add Flours, salt & yeast to the bowl and mix on Speed 5 for 5 seconds to combine
  2. Add very warm milk, honey, melted butter and orange juice and mix again on Speed 5 for 10 seconds until dough comes together
  3. Knead the dough for 2 mins on closed lid
  4. Place dough onto Thermomat (or bowl if you don’t have one).  Spray with cooking oil or lightly cover with flavourless oil, cover and place in  a warm spot to rise for 45 mins or until doubled in size
  5. When the dough has risen, divide into 8 portions and roll each portion into a long snake (1 at a time).  Cut each snake into 8 -10 pieces, and roll each piece into a ball.
  6. Roll each ball into the sugar/cinnaom mixture and then pop them into a bundt tin that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Repeat for all of the dough and put the tin aside for another 30 minutes to rise again.
  8. Place tin into a 180degree fan forced oven and bake for 25 mins until golden
  9. Cool for 5 minutes on a tray, and then turn out

More Sticky sauce

2 Tbsp milk

2 Tbsp melted butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 Tbsp castor sugar

Method for Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, combine milk, castor sugar butter and vanilla, then pour it over the turned out Monkey Bread

Hints & Tips

  • This Monkey Bread is sweet, but such a yummy naughty treat.
  • It makes alot, and would also look good in a couple smaller bundt tins
  • I used Plain and Bakers flour (cause that is what I had), but you could use wholemeal, or just more plain flour)
  • You could be civilised and eat this with a fork ……..but it is sooo good just to use your hands and pull it apart
  • The “sticky sauce” is really not sticky, but it does help keep the whole thing moist and yummy


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10 Responses to “Cinnamon Monkey Bread”

  1. Maralyn
    February 14, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    This looks scrumptious, I’m out to buy a bundt tin and give this a try. I thought buying a TMX I might lose weight, ho hum in my dreams I think

  2. Ruth
    February 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    looks great. I want to make this one. How much castor sugar is in the sauce – sorry if I am just blind! thanks.

  3. Megs
    February 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    Good spotting Ruth……Can I pretend it was a test?

    I have fixed it up and included the castor sugar in the ingredients list

  4. Ruth
    February 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm #


  5. Lisa
    June 19, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    I have made this a few times already. I make the sauce twice, once to cook it in & the second to drizzle over, yummo!!! Even my non-dessert eating neighbour loved this one!

  6. Songria
    June 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! Just checking that I add the honey in step two of the method for bread? That’s how I’ve made it anyway!

    • Megs
      June 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

      Good pick up- thanks for that. I have fixed the recipe to reflect when to add the honey

  7. Rachelle
    January 5, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    I love monkey bread! I’m a relocated Texan and this is a staple bring along for family get togethers and meeting up with friends. Definitely a good addition to your recipes!

  8. Carol Ohar
    August 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Well I wondered what was wrong and then checked your recipe on here. The printer missed the 440g plain flour hence the disaster. I scraped it all back off the bread mat and put it back into the TM with enough plain flour to make up the 600 needed.. 1 more minute kneading the dough and it came together well. 🙂


  1. Pull Apart Bread Tips | Thermovixens - December 18, 2012

    […] There is nothing wrong with the above method and it is fabulous to do, but for me, the pieces come away in bigger chucks and I have 2 kids (5 & 3), who given half a chance, would just eat the bread at dinner and nothing else.  Plus, I always end up with half of the loaf in my hand, when all I want to take is a small piece.  So, I prefer making my pull apart more like Monkey Bread. […]

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