13 January 2013

Recipe: Pull-Apart Monkey Bread with 5 Minute Dough

By Ed


It's been awhile since we've added to our 5 Minute Bread Dough recipe library, but the wait will be worth it.  Believe it or not, this is actually a (marginally) healthier and less expensive version of another monkey bread recipe we found.  (That one used two cans of buttermilk biscuits and almost twice the butter and sugar!

This Pull Apart Monkey Bread is a delicious dessert (or decadent breakfast treat).  It's dripping with caramel and cinnamon.  We took this to a tobogganing party at our friends place and it was an enormous hit!

 Pull-Apart Monkey Bread Recipe

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 6-8 cups (Approximately 1/2 batch) of 5 Minute Bread Dough 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • cooking spray

Optional: 1/2 cup walnuts, raisins, or - if you wanted to really go over the top -  chocolate chips


1.  Preheat Oven to 350F.  Grease a large bundt pan with cooking spray.  In a large zip-seal bag combine granulated sugar and cinnamon.

2.  With a knife, cut the 5 minute dough into 30-50 small pieces. 

Spray both the scored dough and your hands liberally with cooking spray.  Begin quickly taking pieces of the cut dough, rolling them in balls and placing them in sugar-cinnamon bag.

3.  After you have about a dozen dough balls in the bag, give it a shake to coat them.  Transfer them to the bundt pan.  Layer in nuts, raisins, etc if desired.  Repeat with remaining dough until Bundt pan is about half full.

4.  In a separate, microwave-safe bowl, melt butter or margarine and mix with brown sugar.  Pour evenly over dough pieces in pan.

5.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes.  Butter mixture will bubble a lot and may overflow pan.    Dough balls on the top will appear browned.  Cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes then turn out on a serving plate.

Best if served warm, but we had success eating the (minimal) leftovers reheated in the microwave with coffee.   Enjoy!

Here's a free printable (or tablet-friendly version) of the Pull-Apart Monkey Bread recipe:

Here's links to the many ways we use this dough. (We're always experimenting, so expect more to come): 
  1. This post covers the Basic Dough (Start here!)
  2. Pizza Dough
  3. Basic Artisan Loaf
  4. Sandwich Style Loaf
  5. Cinnamon Rolls 
  6. Easy Naan


  1. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin.

    Yes, please!

    I just pinned this sucker.

    1. I KNOW! Isn't it beautiful? It looks scrumptious and tastes as great as it looks. Definitely drool inducing. :)

  2. We tried this on Sunday - amazing!!! Love that 5 minute artisan bread recipe - it's so versatile!


  3. Glad you liked it. And I agree on the versatility of 5 minute dough. Tonight it is making Calzones and pigs-in-blankets at our house.


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