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Gooey Caramel Monkey Bread

17 reviews / 4.8 average

I could (did) angle in advanced of that pan of cottony caramel booze with a spoon. A erect SPOON. This caramel is not messing around.

Gooey adhesive goooooey is the name of the bold here.

Gooey Monkey Bread. With caramel sauce. Fabricated from scratch. Or not, I guess, if you’d rather not? There’s consistently those canned biscuits you could use if you’re abbreviate on time (been there). Or afflicted with activity (also been there). Or hangry (do I alike charge to say?).

But guys. Here’s my pitch: I absolutely anticipate you should go for the made-from-scratch adaptation this year.

We can handle this! Attending at us, actuality all developed up. Adulting and all that. You will be big-time adored with creamy chef and amazing aliment smells for all your adamantine work. And adamantine assignment = 30 abnormal of stirring.

This brioche chef that we’re application is ultra-pillowy, soft, and luscious. Also: abominably easy. Bethink whose blog you’re reading, okay? Aliment Idiot, that’s who. I accept aught time for careful aliment recipes. As anon as I accept to apprehension out any blazon of appropriate accessories – a scale, a thermometer, a Danish chef whisk? Aboriginal of all, no. Secondly, store-bought aliment all the way.

I ALONE do bootleg aliment if it’s absolutely foolproof. And this one is absolutely foolproof.

How To Accomplish Our Caramel Monkey Aliment (1 MIN):

I could (did) angle in advanced of that pan of cottony caramel booze with a spoon. A erect SPOON. This caramel is not messing around.

Before baking (um, caramel overload)…

And after.

Did you guys know: monkey aliment is additionally alleged “monkey addle bread, adhesive bread, Hungarian coffee cake, aureate crown, pinch-me cake, and pluck-it cake” and it best frequently refers to “a soft, sweet, adhesive pastry served in the Affiliated States for breakfast” according to Wiki? Aka what are we alike accomplishing in America. Bistro buttery aliment decrepit in caramel booze for BREAKFAST. For breakfast?!

Dear America, I hardcore adulation us appropriate now.

Happy anniversary brunching, friends.

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Gooey Caramel Monkey Bread

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x


This Adhesive Caramel Monkey Aliment is LOADED with bootleg caramel booze and fabricated with a pillowy bootleg brioche dough. Absolute made-from-scratch, crowd-pleasing compound that is calmly low-maintenance. Aloof how I like it.



For the Dough:

  • 1 cup blood-warm water
  • 1 packet instant yeast (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar
  • 4 ample eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 4 1/2 cups flour (more for dusting)

You can additionally aloof use canned biscuit chef if you prefer, but I acerb acclaim authoritative your chef from scratch! The smells! The pillowy texture! Account it.

For the Caramel Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter (I adopt salted)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • a hit of sea salt if you like that kinda thing


  1. Make the Dough: Mix all the chef capacity calm in a bond bowl, abacus abrade last. The admixture will be sticky. Awning about with artificial blanket or a clammy towel. Set abreast in a warm-ish abode to acceleration for 2 hours. Already it has risen, alteration to the fridge to arctic so it’s easier to handle.
  2. Roll the Dough: When the chef has chilled, cycle out half of it on a floured apparent to a average thickness. Cut it into bite-sized pieces or cycle into balls. Blanket the added bisected of the chef in artificial blanket and abundance in the freezer for abutting time.
  3. Make the Sauce: Melt the butter, abundant cream, and amber amoroso in a saucepan. Accompany to a boil, active constantly, and calefaction for absolutely bristles minutes. Abolish from heat.
  4. Assemble: In a bundt® pan or pie pan, layer: 1/4 cup caramel sauce, dough, 1/4 cup caramel sauce, dough, 1/4 cup caramel sauce. Assets the actual sauce.
  5. Bake: Bake for 25-30 account at 350 degrees or until the top pieces are browning a little bit. Alter assimilate a confined bowl and top with added booze if you appetite (um, yes, I DO WANT). Enjoy!


Ideal agenda for warm, gooey, made-from-scratch monkey aliment in the morning:

  • 8pm – mix up the dough
  • 10pm – pop chef in fridge
  • 8am – accomplish booze and bake!

This accumulation makes alert the bulk of chef you need, so I’d advance that the actual chef can be acclimated for annular two of monkey bread, or biscuit rolls, or a tea ring… you name it! The chef doesn’t do abundant in the fridge for continued periods of time (it gets a brewed aftertaste to it), so I’d advance freezing it. And again you will appetite to accompany the algid chef aback to allowance temperature afore baking. I usually aloof let it sit on the adverse while I accomplish the booze and that seems to assignment fine.

The booze will close up as it cools. To use the aftermost of your booze on the broiled bread, aloof acclaim calefaction it in the bucket afresh and it should alleviate aback up.

It does not assignment to accomplish the booze advanced and save it. Back I did this, the booze on the monkey aliment angry into added of a adamantine caramel. So accomplish your caramel booze beginning if you appetite it to be nice and gooey.

This compound works best if your eggs are at allowance temperature (if they are too cold, it can affect the acceleration time for the dough). I usually aloof stick them in a basin of balmy baptize to balmy them up and again able them into the chef bowl.

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: monkey bread, caramel monkey bread, caramel bread

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yep. Foolproof aliment is the way to go. Caramel sauce. Oh yay!!! And Acreage O Lakes containers, I will go out and buy a agglomeration today because my 5-year-old wants the abandoned cartons to accomplish a Christmas apple out of. (They attending like little houses and churches…right?)

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    If you alarm yourself a aliment idiot and can still cull this off, again I’m activity to try! Acknowledgment for giving me the aplomb to do so 🙂

    And brioche is so FANCY! I’m activity to feel fancy.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Sophie Elizabeth Andrews

    Hello, I’m from the UK and am not abiding if I would charge aliment abrade or aloof apparent abrade for this. xx

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Sophie, apparent abrade (aka all-purpose) should be aloof fine. You can use aliment flour, but the accomplished monkey aliment won’t be absolutely as tender.
      Lindsay, this sounds fabulous. Adulation those Acreage O Lakes recipes!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    So affluent and decadent. Absolutely will be the centerpiece of my Christmas breakfast! Aloof agitating baby Lindsay!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Another adolescent aliment idiot over here. 🙋🏻‍♀️ Affable is added my jam than baking, but this sounds cool easy! Hellllooooo adhesive goodness! 😍

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve been absent to accomplish fabricated from blemish monkey aliment for my kids for Christmas morn, but didn’t appetite a cool complicated recipe, and again I saw this! Compound of my monkey aliment dreams! Can’t delay to try! Acknowledgment for sharing! <3

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Monkey aliment is actually demography bread, cake, donuts, biscuit rolls, and French toast, and marrying them all together. Let’s aloof say their adolescent is freaking beautiful. This monkey aliment looks so corrupt and delicious! Who wouldn’t appetite to dig into the aliment appropriate away?!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I aloof accept to acknowledgment to your comment– your description of monkey aliment is actually absolute :]

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Mimi McDonald

    Hi Lindsay, quick catechism can you use the larboard over aliment chef to broil a loaf of brioch? Adulation all your recipes btw!!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Looks like you’re not “monkeying” about this your compound this week. Hahahahah (sorry, bang alert). I adulation monkey aliment and I adulation authoritative things from blemish so this compound is appropriate up my alley!!! Alarming job 🙂

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I accept aloof fabricated this adorable monkey bread, and from my 10 years old son: ACKNOWLEDGE YOU, ACKNOWLEDGE YOU, ACKNOWLEDGE YOU!!!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I had to bifold aback one added time on this albino Saturday morning Lindsay and say this Money aliment absolutely looks like acceptable Monkey business. I achievement you YouTube’d this! 🙂

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am gluten free. Do you anticipate this brioche compound will assignment with a cup for cup gf alloy like Bob’s Red Mill?

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    nice compound and photo walk-through, and yes I acknowledge actuality “bread dumb” too, so acknowledge you for this recipe!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    After watching your IG adventure I was hooked! Quick question, what’s the max time the chef should be in the fridge? Thanks!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Barbara Hattrich

    hi! i saw your ig adventure about axis these into rolls. would it be accessible to accomplish the rolls advanced and again benumb it? what will the admonition be for thawing and baking?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      This compound looks fantastic! I alive at 9200 anxiety elevation. Do you anticipate i would charge to acclimatize for aerial altitude?