Caramel Monkey Bread is one of our very favorite brunch foods! Light, fluffy balls of homemade dough covered in rich caramel sauce and crunchy pecans. It’s a perfect centerpiece for Christmas morning or just a lazy weekend morning.
Our sweet Caramel Monkey Bread is made with balls of fluffy homemade dough baked together in a buttery caramel sauce. The pillowy dough puffs up perfectly, while the sauce seeps in every nook and cranny and drops down all over the rolls after it’s baked in a bundt pan. It’s a deliciously sweet sticky breakfast treat that your whole family will love!
Why is it Called “Monkey Bread”?
Monkey bread, pull-apart bread, bubble bread. This delicious pastry has many names, but is most widely known as monkey bread. Because it’s a finger food, you can pick it apart, like a monkey would. No matter what you call it, you’ll love making and eating it.
Can You Refrigerate Monkey Bread Before Baking?
Yes! If you want to make this monkey bread the night before, make the roll recipe as directed in the recipe card below. Let the dough raise once, then punch down and form into balls. In a bundt pan, assemble the gooey caramel mixture and pour over the rolls, then cover with plastic wrap and store overnight in the refrigerator.
How to Bake Refrigerated Monkey Bread
If you’ve made the Caramel Monkey Bread the night before, take the roll out of the refrigerator, and let it rise for about an hour in a warm place. Then bake as directed. It’s so yummy and gooey. The best breakfast treat!
How Long Will It Stay Fresh?
Store any leftover Caramel Monkey Bread in a plastic bag at room temperature. It should stay soft and fresh for about two days. Freezing leftovers is also an option. Monkey bread will keep for about a month in the freezer.
Can I Use Frozen Dough?
You can definitely substitute frozen roll dough or even refrigerated biscuit dough in this recipe. Make the buttery sauce as directed below. But for extra light, fluffy, sweet rolls try making the dough from scratch. It doesn’t take that much more time and it tastes so much better!
More Delicious Dough Recipes
This easy dough recipe is a tasty start for all types of yummy pastries. The different variations of monkey bread are endless! Try our mouth watering Maple Bacon Monkey Bread. It is to die for! This roll recipe works well for sweet rolls but can be used in savory bread recipes as well. Try a few of our favorites:
- Parmesan Pull Apart Bread (made with frozen roll dough, but you could easily substitute this homemade dough for this recipe)
- Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
- The Best Dinner Rolls From Scratch
- Biscoff Cinnamon Rolls
- Homemade Crescent Rolls
- Peaches and Cream Cinnamon Rolls
- Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls
How to Make Caramel Monkey Bread
- In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, butter, sugar, eggs, salt and half of the flour (2 1/2 cups) Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour until it forms a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 7-8 minutes).
- Place in greased bowl and turn over to get the whole dough ball greasy. Cover and let rise for about an hour or until dough doubles in size.
- In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, and cream and bring to a boil. Stir for about 3 minutes until it's nice and melted together. Pour half of the caramel sauce into a greased fluted pan. If you are using pecans, add half of them to the pan as well.
- When dough is done, punch it down and form into 35-40 balls. In a pie pan or shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place melted butter in another bowl. Dip balls in butter, then roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Arrange dough balls into the fluted pan.
- Pour the remaining caramel sauce evenly on top of the dough balls.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown (if they are browning too fast you can loosely cover it with tin foil). Cool for 10 minutes, then turn up-side down onto a serving plate.