Delicious Cinnamon Monkey Bread Recipe


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Monkey Bread Recipe (Pull apart bread)

I was going through a couple of books I have and found this monkey bread recipe in the Baking for Dummies book, by Emily Nolan.Β  This was the first book I bought to learn to bake.Β  It has all the basic information on principles of baking, tools and techniques, a numberΒ of recipes, troubleshooting tips and lot more. ThisΒ monkey bread is also called pull apart bread because it has to be pulled apart with your hands, instead of cutting it.

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Monkey Bread (aka Pull Apart Bread) Recipe

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Delicious Cinnamon Monkey Bread Recipe
5.0 from 2 reviews
A simple recipe to bake monkey bread (aka pull apart bread) from scratch with step-by-step pictures using chocolate chips, all purpose flour, milk and sugar.
Part-1 Ingredients:
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 tablespoons cut into 5 pieces Cold Butter
Part-2 Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup Milk
Part-3 Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons melted Butter
Procedure:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F for 15 minutes. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl sift and combine all the ingredients mentioned in Part 1 except butter.
  3. Using a pastry blender or a few pulses of a food processor, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Kneading flour

  5. Stir in the Part 2 ingredients and combine to form a dough.
  6. Add milk to flour

  7. The final dough would look like this.
  8. Final dough

  9. Divide the dough into 16 balls and place in the prepared baking pan. The balls will touch.
  10. Cut into small pieces

  11. Drizzle the balls with the melted butter.
  12. Brush melted butter on the dough

  13. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle them with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  14. Sprinkle cinnamon powder on top

  15. Bake for 30 minutes, until light brown. Cool in the pan set on a wire rack before removing from the pan.
  16. Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Bread

My Notes:
  1. For this monkey bread recipe the butter has to be used straight from the refrigerator.
  2. If you don't have a food processor or a pastry blender you can use 2 knives or 2 forks to cut in the fat. To use a pastry blender, mix the ingredients while cutting into the fats with the blender using a rocking, up and down bouncing motion.
  3. To divide the dough into 16 balls you can follow my method. First divide the entire dough into 2 equal parts. Roll the 2 parts into 2 separate logs. Cut each log into 8 pieces. While doing this, flour the surface generously. I also sprayed both my hands with non stick oil spray, so handling the dough was easy.
  4. Similarly for greasing the baking pan, use the butter wrapper.
  5. I pretty much followed the recipe, but for the 6th step. I melted the 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave oven and that was really a lot of butter. My husband was having "are you crazy to pour so much butter and sugar" look in his face. So instead of using the entire butter and sugar as mentioned in the recipe, I followed his advice of just brushing the dough with little butter, sprinkled very little sugar, but took another 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon, little cocoa and sprinkled over the balls of dough.
  6. I baked the bread for 32 minutes. I would advice to cool it in the pan for at least an hour before taking it out. I tried to remove the bread after 30 minutes and the bread started to fall apart and crumble. Anyway I managed to get 10-12 good pieces. The bread was very moist inside, but a little bit dry on the tops. I guess it was because I did not use the entire 3 tablespoons of butter as mentioned in the original recipe. But the taste was phenomenal, with the melted chocolate chips, a hint of sweetness and the aroma of freshly ground cinnamon.
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33 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, thanks for this recipe. One of my daughters’ is a coeliac and her best friend is highly allergic to egg and milk. I’ve made this with gluten free flour, diary free spread and soya milk. It works wonderfully. You do have to another 1/3 cup of milk and maybe a dash more, but still, it’s great.
    Thanks from the UK.

  2. Hey Madhuram,
    I tried this today, as I had a big pack of chocolate chips left for a long time. Awesome! I loved the taste than usual chocolate chip cookies (I just don’t like them) But this was really really good. My kids, friends every one liked it. But only thing is am not sure is that it was little soft inside, is the texture like that? or should be more crumbly?

  3. Hey Aparna,
    Made these lovely monkey bread today.. Everyone at home r Lovin every bite of it.. I made them in pressure cooker! Yeh i know it old fashioned but i haf been unlucky when it comes to bake in oven! I took half quantity of everythin you specified. Only minor modification i did was tat i sprinkled light brown sugar instead of normal one.. Thanks for d recipe dear.. You infinitely Rock..!:)

  4. I tried this recipe this weekend for a get-together at a friend’s place. I modified it a bit by using Self-Raising Fl, an extra tsp of baking powder and 2TBsp of Cinnomon to the batter. I found the dough to be extremely soft so ended up added a bit more flour and sheped them into rounds.

    They turned out really well and the aroma of cinnamon filled the house. My friends kids just loved it. Thanks for sharing – I will definitely try this one again.

    Thanks Shapa. I’m glad the kids liked it.

  5. What a great and easy recipe. I used all vegan ingredients and thought it came out great. I think next time i will add some cinnamon to the dough for some extra flavor but other than that its a keeper!

    Thanks Kathy.

  6. hi madhuram.. this bread turned out very nice, my 3.5yrs old daughter loved it a lot but whole time she was trying to find a monkey inside the bread πŸ˜†

    That’s so cute. Hope she had fun pulling the pieces of bread. Thanks for trying the recipe Rajeshwari.

  7. Hi!
    This is INCREDIBLE!!
    I subbed out the chocolate for 1.5c of bananas and .25c of chocolate.
    SO delicious and my father loved ittt!!

    THANKS!

    That’s new and cool Kelsey. Glad it turned out good.

  8. Hi everyone,
    Thank you so much for the recipe. I had lots of left over oats and did not know what to do with them. I tried this recipe using milk powder diluted with water instead of milk and baking soda instead of baking powder. If you use baking soda, then just use half the quantity of baking powder. Also, I added maple and brown sugar quaker oats instead of chocholate chips. I got all the pieces of bread intact and the bread did not crumble even when I served direct hot from the oven. I think this happened because I used a lot of zero calorie butter spray for coating the pan and in the final step, melted the butter and dipped the squares of bread in the liquid butter. Also, since I was trying for the 1st time, I used only half the quantity for everything. This is the 1st time I baked something and it turned out excellent. I can assure you that any milk substitutes or butter substitutes will work fine since I used them and the bread turned out just the way as shown in the picture.

    Isha, thank you for trying the recipe and the detailed feedback. Substituting oatmeal for chocolate chips is a good and healthy idea.

  9. ❓ Could you use a non-dairy shortening or margarine instead of the butter and soymilk instead of milk? My kids are also allergic to dairy.

    Hi Kim, I have baked using Earth Balance Vegan Butter in some recipes, which call for butter and the baked goods turn out good. So I’m sure that you could use non-dairy shortening and soymilk as well. Check here for other vegan baking recipes from my blog:
    https://www.egglesscooking.com/category/vegan/baking-vegan/

  10. I was looking for something to bake, which did not take eggs (since we were out), and ran across this recipe and it was wonderful. I did substitute the milk with 1/3 c. sour cream and 1/3 c. soy milk. My son loved them. Thanks!

    You’re welcome Susan. I’m so glad that your son liked it.

  11. Hi Madhuram,

    I made this recipe last evening with only 1 cup of flour, I got about 7. And must say this was awesome!! and easy too.

  12. Dhivya, Welcome to my blog!

    You can just add the plain milk – no need to boil. Let me know if you liked the bread.

  13. great receipe!!! but have a small doubt , shuld the milk be boiled before mixing ? pls tell me so that it will be helpfull for me to make the cake

  14. Kamala, thank you for sending the ingredient.

    Nandita, that’s a very good combination. I would try it the next time.

    Thanks Uma, Cham, Arundathi, Ranji, Rachel, Divya, Spillay, Sowmya, Madhavi, Bhawana.

    Anamika, it’s my pleasure. You have such a wonderful blog.

    Rama, welcome to my blog. Hope you find it interesting.

    Thanks Sia. Try it and you would love the taste too.

  15. Madhu..first of all ..thank you for visting my blog…and leaving such lovely words….in fact,i simply love the eggless recipes that your have been putting in the posts..and this eggless Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Monkey bread recipe is good. Good, you posted them !

  16. Thanks for the step-by-step photos, Madhu. The bread looks absolutely delicious. Sometimes, you just have to use all the butter, huh! πŸ˜€

  17. Delicious monkey bread πŸ˜› Is there any leftover ❓ Nice way to use this special ingredient πŸ˜‰

  18. I did not know that pull aparts were also called monkey-bread 😯 cute name for a nice bread, i’d love to eat this dipping in milk πŸ™‚

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