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Monkey Bread From Scratch


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • pinch of sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup milk warm
  • brown sugar for dipping
  • butter for dipping


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the warm water, yeast, and pinch of sugar. Let it sit to the side while you do the next step.
  2. In another bowl or in a mixer, mix the flour, salt, vanilla,  egg, sugar, butter, and milk. Add in the yeast mixture. Mix this together well. Knead by hand for 3-4 minutes until smooth or mix in a mixer with dough hooks for about the same amount of time. The dough should be only slightly sticky. I call it post-it note sticky. :)
  3. Let it sit in a covered bowl for 30 minutes after you knead it. It doesn't need to rise, just needs to rest a bit.
  4. After 30 minutes, roll out the dough a bit. Cut it into strips and then cut those strips into small balls. You can use kitchen scissors or a knife or a pizza cutter to do this.
  5. Melt butter and put brown sugar in a bowl. You can add cinnamon to the brown sugar if you like. Dip each piece of dough into the butter and then into the brown sugar.
  6. Place each piece of buttered-brown sugared dough into a bundt pan. Let this rise, covered, for about an hour. Then bake at 350F for 25 minutes or until when you thump the top part it makes a nice sound like a watermelon.
  7. Enjoy warm. :)