Baking Club

5 Monkey Breads That Will Have You Reaching for One More Bite

August 23, 2018

Monkey bread is just fun. Try and not smile about pulling a warm little bite from a big bundt-shaped mound—it's impossible. Monkey bread is a crowd pleaser meant to be shared with others.

That's what Baking Club member Beth Gannon-Rittenhouse thought when she made the monkey bread from this month's cookbook, Joanne Chang's Baking with Less Sugar. Her batch was destined to be shared with fellow department members, but you don't have to have the Club book to share a little monkey bread love. We've got 5 options from sweet to savory for you to choose from:

Cinnamon sugar monkey bread is a classic, and classics are hard to mess with... unless messing with it involves a drizzle of caramel sauce. Then we're all in.

If all things fall can't come soon enough, this monkey bread might be the one for you. It bumps up the cozy factor with warm spices, like cardamom, ginger, and allspice.

For even more intense flavor, look no further. This recipe is holiday coziness wrapped up into a breakfast bread.

another sweet bread for sharing

Okay, technically this one isn't monkey bread, but it's close enough. These rolls are super-soft, super-buttery, lightly-sweet, and still ripe for pulling apart.

If savory is more your speed, this one is an addictive mix of bacon, ranch, chives, and cheddar cheese that just right for breakfast or dinner.

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    Lindsay-Jean Hard
I like esoteric facts about vegetables. Author of the IACP Award-nominated cookbook, Cooking with Scraps.


HalfPint August 23, 2018
Recently, for my daughter's school fundraiser, I bought one of those Monkey Bread "kits" which turned out to be nothing more than a packet of sugar and cinnamon. All for $15. Even for a fundraiser, I was bit miffed and bemused. Recipe sounds better and cheaper :)
Lindsay-Jean H. August 23, 2018
Whaaat?! That's crazy, I would be miffed and bemused, too.