Monkey Bread: Naturally Yeasted and So Easy!

Need yet another great excuse to whip up some naturally yeasted dough? Who can say no to the piping-hot stickiness of Monkey Bread?

Natural Yeast Monkey Bread

When I was little my mom would often make Monkey Bread for her six little monkeys. Given how much I adored this buttery treat as a child, I was so pleased when a reader sent me her quick-and-easy version of this recipe to share with all of you. The best part is, that if you are wonderful like my mom, you’ll let your monkeys get their fingers sticky helping you bake! Since there is no need for great shaping or accuracy of any kind, this is a great way to include your kids in the kitchen. Now for the Tip:

Mary says:

“All I did was make the usual* bread dough and let it sit over night, then instead of forming loaves I rolled small pieces of dough in melted butter and cinnamon sugar and arranged them in a bundt pan, let them rise then bake at 375 for 45 min. So yummy!”

Thanks Mary!

*For this recipe I would recommend the Honey Molasses loaf in section 4 of The Art of Baking With Natural Yeast

Never made Monkey Bread before? No problem. Like Mary said, simply divide your dough into pieces (the actual size doesn’t matter as long as they are roughly all the same size, but a 2-inch diameter is good) and slightly flatten the pieces into a fat patty. Melt a stick of butter in a bowl, and fill a second bowl with a mixture of cinnamon sugar. Coat the dough in butter, then in the cinnamon sugar, then into the pan. Easy and Delicious! Enjoy!


  1. Chelsea Stevens says

    Hi Melissa, I’m not sure how else to get ahold of you! :/ Been trying for days to find a non-public method, but are you still teaching classes? Are you interested/available to come teach a class at our home in Lehi to a large group anytime soon? If so, I’ll give you my email so that we can chat! Thanks!

    • thebreadgeek says

      I am so sorry I wish I could, but we just recently moved to Kansas for 2 years. I will however be beginning some live online workshops soon and have some other things in the works so keep posted!

    • thebreadgeek says

      That is a very good question. Yes I would anticipate a rise, although you could try a small batch without. I have often given roll-sized bits of dough to my kids to shape while I shape sandwiches and we bake those right away in the toaster oven, and they fluff up nicely without the extra rise. Again, I would try it with a small batch first before using it on a whole large monkey loaf. 🙂

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