Sanctuary Ridge Family Recipes

Mom’s Monkey Bread

Mom’s Monkey Bread

Who doesn’t love fresh, homemade bread? I have been making bread for as long as I can remember! In a future post I will share more about that, but for now I want to share this very simple, delicious homemade bread recipe. I have no idea where it originated, except that my mom made it when I was growing up. I always make mine in my great-grandma’s old bundt pan. It’s my go-to for homemade soups, spaghetti and lasagna. IF there is any left, it is even better the next day, although we rarely have any left. The preparation for this only takes around 20 minutes. Then you have to let the dough rise for 2-3 hours, and finally you bake it for 25 minutes. It is so worth it ya’ll!

Mom’s Monkey Bread

Monica Scott
A simple, quick and delicious homemade bread that pairs well with pasta, soups, or just eat it with a little butter. It's even better the next day- if there is any left!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Proofing time- let the dough rise to double 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • Kitchen Aid Mixer
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Bundt Pan or Muffin tins


  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 Cup warm water
  • 1/2 Cup cool water
  • 1 stick melted butter reserved to drizzle over baked bread


  • Place 1/2 cup Warm Water in a small bowl. Add 1 TBSP dry yeast and then sprinkle some of the sugar over the top. Stir this and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • While you wait for the yeast to activate, soften 1/2 cup butter in the microwave and then place in the Kitchen Aid Mixer bowl. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup cool water, the remaining sugar, and 1 egg. Mix on low for 2-3 minutes.
  • At this point the yeast mixture should be "foaming".
    Foaming yeast= Activation Successful!
  • Add the yeast mixture to the egg mixture in the mixing bowl and mix on low. While the mixer is on, begin to add the flour- one cup at a time until all the flour is incorporated. Mix for at least one more minute to knead the dough.
    Mom's Monkey Bread Dough
  • Now form the dough into 2 inch balls and place these in a greased Bunt or Tube Pan. You may also use muffin tins- only add 3 balls to each tin though! You will want to grease your hands before handling the dough so it doesn't stick to you.
  • Place the balls of dough into the Bundt Pan, try to keep it evenly placed. Cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel and let it rise for 2-3 hours in a warm location. If your oven has a "proofing" setting you can use that. I ussually just put mine on the stove with the hood light left on. It generates just enough heat to help the dough rise at a safe pace.
  • When the dough is double in size it is ready to bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with melted butter drizzled over the top. Mom's Monkey Bread is a pull-apart bread so NEVER slice it! Just pull off a delicious piece and enjoy!

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