Quarantine Recipes: Monkey Bread

Emily Derrenbacker, Writer - The Reporter

Monkey Bread is a Hungarian pastry named for the way it is supposed to be eaten: with your fingers like a monkey. Sticky and sweet, monkey bread is the perfect dessert to pick apart with friends and family. The recipe only requires a few ingredients, so why not try it at home yourself? 


Monkey Bread Ingredients: 

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cans biscuit dough (I used Pillsbury biscuits)

1 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter, melted


Vanilla Icing Ingredients:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons whole milk

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a tube pan with cooking spray or butter (if you don’t have a tube pan, just use a regular cake pan—the shape will be different, but it will taste the same). 
  2. In a large plastic bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon. 
  3. Separate the biscuit dough into 16 biscuits and cut each into quarters. Shake the pieces of dough in the bag until they are fully coated. 
  4. Arrange the pieces in the pan, sprinkling any remaining sugar over the biscuits. 
  5. In a small bowl, whisk brown sugar and melted butter together and pour the mixture evenly over the biscuit pieces in the pan.
  6. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in the center. 
  7. While the monkey bread is in the oven, make the vanilla icing by whisking the confectioners’ sugar, whole milk, and vanilla extract together until smooth and light.
  8. Loosen the edges of the monkey bread in the pan with a spatula and let it cool in the pan for five minutes. Turn the monkey bread upside down onto a serving plate. Drizzle the icing over the monkey bread.
  9. To serve, cut the monkey bread into slices, or you can pull it apart with your fingers.