Monkey Bread

by Cate on May 25, 2009

Monkey Bread

The first time I had a bite of this Monkey Bread, my mom put a plate in my hands and said, “This is to-die-for.”  That’s very high praise from my mom.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard her say that a dish was to-die-for. I put the plate on the counter and several hours later, the munchies hit and I took a few nibbles.  Good, but I wouldn’t have qualified them as to-die-for.  I just chalked it up to different tastebuds, even though my mom and I tend to like a lot of the same things.

This past weekend, we headed down the shore to celebrate Memorial Day.  I was armed with a few new recipes I wanted to try, and Nick was armed with plans for a grand seashell search.  And my mom?  She had plans to make this Monkey Bread again and one afternoon, her and Nick set to work in the kitchen.  When they were done, she pulled the dish from the oven and set it down on the table.  “I love this stuff,” she said.  “Go on, try it again.  I think it makes a difference if you eat it when it’s warm.”

And it does.  The difference between eating just one piece and restraining yourself from inhaling the entire plate yourself.  Honestly, warm biscuits, sugar, cinnamon and butter, how could you go wrong?  Lesson learned?  Eat them warm and they truly are to-die-for.  Thank goodness half the platter came home with us as leftovers.  I think.

Monkey Bread
Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1/2 cup raisins, if desired
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large -storage plastic food bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.

Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces.

In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.

Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

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Claire May 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Monkey bread is the BEST! I love it.

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maris May 25, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I don’t know if I ever could JUST eat one piece of monkey bread. Too tempting not to keep going back for just one more little piece…


Patsy Kreitman May 26, 2009 at 7:58 am

Looks totally irresistable!

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Sarah Caron May 26, 2009 at 8:16 am

Someone mentioned monkey bread to me recently and I made a mental note to try it soon. Thanks for the recipe. Now I have no excuses not to give it a shot.

Looks delish!

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Cathy May 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

I’ve always wanted to try monkey bread. I didn’t realize it was so easy to make! Next weekend for sure.

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie May 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

I would love to try it – sounds heavenly!


Sara @ Our Best Bites May 26, 2009 at 10:14 am

Man, I need to stop checking food blogs this early in the morning. I need some monkey bread right now!

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jan May 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

OMGoodness! Monkey Bread is something I’ve only heard of. I never thought of making it with PBGrands biscuits… those often have coupons available and are on sale at the grocery. I wonder what it might be like with some banana cut up inside?


Jeff May 26, 2009 at 11:14 am

I have not had this stuff in ages and thanks for reminding me of it.

I agree they have to be warm almost to the point of potentially 3rd degree burns to the tongue hot.

Nicely done!

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Taste May 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

This is great, thanks! I had never even heard of monkey bread until I was at Williams & Sonoma last year & saw a monkey bread tin for $80. I didn’t know what monkey bread was & why I should spend $80 on the tin, but your picture & description make it seem like it’s worth the investment! :-)

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Laura@ John B's May 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Mama is always right!LOL!


Kevin May 31, 2009 at 11:30 am

That monkey bread looks good! I have been wanting to try a monkey bread.

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magda August 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

OK…I read this a while ago and kept it in the back of my mind. Until last w eek…my brother and sister in law and their teenage kids came to my house and spent the night…..What in the world was I to make for breakfast for everyone??? Nine people……

I had 2 cans of PGB in my fridge and remembered this recipe…while everyone was sleeping in the morning I made this recipe. Everyone woke up from the smell. The presentation of this simple recipe was beautiful and everyone attacked it! “OMG,WHAT IS THIS” “THIS IS AWESOME” “HOW DID YOU MAKE THIS” “THIS IS SO GOOD” where some of the comments I heard, but my favorite was from my husband, “I have been with you for eleven years and you make this NOW??”

Your mom was right! Big, HUGE hit! Thanks!


Magda May 27, 2017 at 5:32 pm

After all these years…I’m still making this! You’d think I’d know it by heart by now :-)


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