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Web's Best Monkey Bread Recipes

Monkey bread recipes call for a sweet yeast dough that you form by arranging small clumps of dough in 3 or 4 overlapping layers in a pan.

The pan used to bake monkey bread can be round, oblong or tube-shape. When baked, the lumps cling together to form a solid loaf.

This bread can be sweet or savoury.

This tasty treat is bound to please. This popular, whimsical bread with the funny name is a favorite with kids and grown-ups alike. Kids enjoy helping bake monkey bread recipes -- especially if they have their own bakeware designed for small hands.

Trivia: Monkey bread recipes are named after the fruit of the bayobab trees. Growing in the savannas of West Africa and India, the fruit is called monkey bread.

The first monkey bread recipe is made with a bread maker.

If you haven't yet converted to using a bread maker, you're missing out on a lot of convenience. I have an older Panasonic machine that just keeps on running and I'm reluctant to replace a machine that's working so well. However, I've had opportunity to view the Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit & Nut Dispenser in action, and I'M IMPRESSED. This is surely the Cadillac of bread machines.

The first of my monkey bread recipes : Bread Maker Recipe for Monkey Bread

1 1/8 cup milk
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
4 cup flour
Optional but recommended: Bread Dough Enhancer. Use per manufacturer's instructions.
2 tsp yeast


6 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup finely chopped nuts

Remove dough from the machine when the dough cycle completes. Form into 1 inch balls, then roll them first in the melted butter and then in the chopped nuts. Placed balls in a greased tube pan or bundt pan. Cover and let rise for about 1 hour. Bake in a preheated 350~ oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

To eat your monkey bread, break off chunks and enjoy! Like most monkey bread recipes, this one is delicious!

The second of my monkey bread recipes: Sweet Monkey Bread :

1 recipe for sweet dough. (Tip: You'll find a sweet dough recipe on the sweet bread page of this site.)

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
8 tablespoons butter
chopped nuts

To assemble your monkey bread recipes, form risen sweet dough recipe into 30 balls. Combine white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Melt butter. Roll the balls first in the butter, then in the cinnamon mix.

Place balls in a greased tube pan, layering as you fill the pan. Sprinkle with nuts and raisins between layers. Raise recipe monkey bread until double, then bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour.

The 3rd of the monkey bread recipes: Cheese Monkey Bread Recipe

1 1/2 packages dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup butter
1 tsp salt
3 beaten eggs
3 -4 cups flour
Optional but recommended: >Bread Dough Enhancer, as linked above. Use per manufacturer's instructions.
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Soften yeast in warm water and stir in sugar. Scald milk. Remove milk from heat and add 1/2 cup butter and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Stir beaten eggs and yeast mixture into lukewarm milk mixture. Gradually beat in 3 cups flour and cheese. If dough is too soft, gradually add more flour until desired consistency.

Place dough in greased bowl and turn to coat. Cover and let rise in warm place for an hour, or until doubled. Divide dough in half and roll out each portion on floured surface into rectangle 1/3-inch thick. Melt remaining 1/2 cup butter. Cut dough into 3-inch diamond shapes. Dip each piece of dough into melted butter and layer in greased 10-inch ring mold, overlapping. Do not fill pan any more than 3/4 full. Let rise until double. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes or until lightly browned.

This is one of the more tasty savoury monkey breads.

There you have my best monkey bread recipes. Visit the links below for other worthwhile recipes.

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