Bread Machine Monkey Bread (Secret Recipe Club)

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For a lot of this pregnancy, I didn’t want sweet things at all. Ice cream didn’t even sound good. I ate fruit. I craved Very Veggie salad and some days could eat a whole bag of it. Yep, pretty much crazy, although it made my midwife happy.

Perhaps that, and my on-and-off-until-22-weeks sickness can account for the fact that I’ve gained a total of 4 pounds this whole pregnancy.

But in the last four or five weeks? Oh, I want the sweet things. Specifically, sweet breakfast breads. See: Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls, Graham Cracker Banana Bread … and my dreams are of Boston Cream doughnuts. (In my opinion, the only doughnut really worth eating.)

So I used this month’s Secret Recipe Club as an excuse to make yet another sweet breakfast bread.

My assigned blog this month was The Cookin’ Chemist. The author is Tessa, a young bride and pharmacist who uses her skills as a former chemistry major in the kitchen! I’ve bookmarked many recipes from her site to try later, like the Balsamic Chicken Noodle Bowl, Crazy Feta Dip, and Smoked Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs.

But for today, I decided on Monkey Bread. Because I’ve been craving it for weeks.

Despite what we told our daughter, Monkey Bread doesn’t involve actual monkeys. (Libbie thought it might have bananas in it – also not true, although an idea …) I loved that Tessa’s version features a yeasted dough in the bread machine. It’s a little different from your traditional canned biscuit dough (which I generally cannot bring myself to buy, anyway).

I would have – of course – added pecans to this if my children were not so picky. But even without them, it was darn good. Enjoy!

Bread Machine Monkey Bread


  • 1 c. warm milk (I microwave for about 45 seconds)
  • 1/3 c. warm water
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp. (1 package) instant or bread machine yeast
  • Coating
  • 4 T butter, melted
  • 1 to 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 T cinnamon


In order listed (or according to bread machine instructions), place dough ingredients in bread machine. Set to "dough" setting and let it go! (Cookin' Chemist has instructions for doing this by hand or with a mixer, if you like.)

Generously grease a Bundt pan and set aside.

When dough is done, turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll into an 8x8" square. With a pizza cutter or knife, cut into about 64 pieces. (I have this awesome pizza cutter from my Flatout Bread Pizza Party.)

With a fork, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon. In another bowl, melt butter. Dip dough pieces into the butter, then coat with the sugar/cinnamon. Arrange in Bundt pan, staggering seams as you layer the pieces.

When you're done, cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rise for another hour or so, until the dough is 1-2 inches from the top of the pan.

Heat oven to 350. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes, then turn upside-down onto a platter.

Eat and enjoy!

23 thoughts on “Bread Machine Monkey Bread (Secret Recipe Club)

  1. Mmmm…monkey bread. We make ours messier and add chocolate chips to the pan, kind of scattered throughout. I adored my bread machine (set both the bread machine and the coffee maker on their timers, and wake up to the smell of just-baked bread and fresh coffee!), but alas, I was eating too much of a good thing and gave away the machine. I still make bread and bread-related goodies, but not nearly as often.

    • Mmm, chocolate chips sound awesome. I mean, how can adding chocolate make anything worse? Heh. I don’t use my bread machine a ton, but I’ve definitely developed a deeper appreciation for it as of late!

  2. I don’t have a bread machine but that looks delicious.

    My pregnancy cravings this time have been similar to yours in that, at first I craved salty things. A lot. Constantly.

    And now I want all the carbs and sugar I can manage. I’m resisting as often as I can, so as not to bust the scale at my midwife appointments but wow, it’s hard. 😉

    • I think this dough could be easily made in a mixer or by hand as well. We live in a basement apartment, so sometimes my kitchen is too cold for doughs to rise – that’s when I really love the bread machine!

  3. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve had a breadmaker since college (4 years ago) and haven’t used it. This looks like a great recipe to dust him off and see if he works. Plus I’ve always wanted to try Monkey Bread.

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  5. I am just curious…I am dying to make this tonight, but I don’t have a bundt cake pan. Will it come out off, if I use a regular cake pan, or two bread pans? What’s your input? 🙂 Thanks so much!! This looks delicious!!!

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  7. My bread machine is a 1 – 1/2 lb. machine. Some machines make 1 1/2 to 2 pound breads. Is this recipe OK for my smaller machine or too big?

  8. Hi – do you think you could make the dough the night before or make the whole thing the night before and put it in the fridge and then cook it the next day or would that effect how it rises? I love that it’s made in the bread machine – we are really trying to stray away from the pre-made stuff.

    • I think you could. I would suggest just doing the dough so you can punch it down. Even in the fridge, sweet bread dough can get kind of out of control puffy and it might escape the pan!

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