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By: John Adams, author of Dadbloguk.com, LinkedIn Changemaker and dad of two young daughters
Posted on: Feb 12, 2021

How to Make Granny's Monkey Bread Recipe

Our UK blogger, John, takes on Clair's delicious US-inspired, family favorite treat, Monkey Bread!


Download the recipe here!


I’m always keen to try new dishes. Challenged to make a traditional US recipe by fellow Cleaner Home blogger Claire Cook, one recipe grabbed my attention immediately: Monkey bread.

As part of our trans-Atlantic cooking challenge, I had, after all, proposed that Claire create a savoury dish. It seemed appropriate that I attempt a sweet dish.

When I told Claire what I was going to cook, she explained that it’s Christmas tradition in her family. She said:

“When we think of the holidays, we automatically think monkey bread! Monkey bread is a wonderful breakfast tradition that brings a spin to the classic cinnamon rolls. I can’t imagine a Christmas morning without monkey bread on the table! Each cinnamon sugar covered biscuit bite is more than delicious, and my entire family can agree!”

I was really looking forward to making this dish, but when I looked at the recipe I confess I had a slight panic. The ingredients were straightforward and the method seemed simple enough, but the monkey bread came in such an elaborate shape and the syrupy glaze looked wonderful.

Even if I say so myself, I’m quite good at making tasty food in the kitchen, but my presentation skills are not the strongest. Was I going to be able to pull this off? There was only one way to find out. Here’s how I got on and how you can make this gloriously indulgent dish.

Monkey bread 1

A quick word of explanation

Before I tell you how I got on, two things I should explain. Firstly, the original version of this recipe suggests you use buttermilk biscuit dough or pizza dough as an alternative. I was unable to get either of these, so I substituted this for a 500gramme (18ounce) bag of bread mix. I found this worked very well so don’t be afraid of doing this if you can’t get biscuit or pizza dough.

Secondly, the recipe I followed was in American cup measurements. For the benefit of my British readers, I have converted everything into grammes.

Ingredients:

  • 24 ounce buttermilk biscuit dough or 500g bread / pizza dough
  • Half a cup cup / 120 grammes of butter
  • 1 cup / 240 grammes of granulated sugar
  • Half a cup / 120 grammes of brown sugar
  • Two large teaspoons of cinnamon

Method:

  • If you are using a bread or pizza dough mix, make the mix as per the instructions. This will take about 45 minutes once it’s been left to rise.
  • Turn your oven to 350˚f / 180˚c
  • Grease your baking pan. To get an elaborate shape of bread as I did in these pictures, you’ll want to use a bundt pan.
  • Mix half the granulated sugar with the cinnamon.
  • Cut your dough mix up into small, bite-size pieces. Roll them in the sugar / cinnamon mix so they’re coated and place them in the pan. You’ll probably have some sugar cinnamon mix left over. Don’t worry about this, you’ll use it in the next step
  • Make the syrup by heating up the butter until it’s boiling. Stir in the brown sugar and the remaining sugar / cinnamon mix.
  • Gently pour the syrup over the bread and place in the oven
  • Cook for about 20 minutes. When done, set the bread to one side for about five minutes. While still warm, pace a plate under the pan invert so it comes out of the pan.
  • Once cool enough to eat, go ahead and enjoy your monkey bread!
Monkey Bread 3
The butter, ready to go in the pan for the syrup mix, resting on a Kochblume chopping board that has been treated with Microban antimicrobial technology.

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Monkey bread 2

Thoughts on the monkey bread recipe

In all seriousness, I don’t think I have ever cooked anything so indulgent! My children loved the monkey bread, as did my wife and I. It was all eaten up and gone within two days and my eldest daughter, Helen, is keen to know when we’ll make some more.

This was something totally new to me and even if I say so myself, it looked good and tasted even better. If you’re looking for a great, indulgent, sweet dish to treat your family, give this one a go.

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Helen Adams enjoying the monkey bread.

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