Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for monkey-bread aka sticky buns

Alright, you already know how to make great bread.  So using your new-found skills and the recipe from "B is for breadmaking", you can  make sticky buns!  Sticky buns are an all-time favourite in our household.  They are usually reserved for a breakfast at the lake but I have been known to make them in town as

Monkey-bread aka Sticky Buns

1 loaf of bread dough
butter - works best
white sugar
pancake syrup - the cheap stuff not maple syrup

So - make up a batch of bread - one loaf size is lots.  Let it rise for about 15 minutes.

While it is rising, melt about 1/2-3/4 cup of butter in a bowl.  Mix together about 1 cup of sugar with a 1 heaping tablespoon or so of cinnamon.

Grease a bundt pan with a bit of butter.  If you don't have one - use a large deep loaf pan.

Grab a piece of dough about the size of a small egg - make a round ball out of it - doesn't have to be even close to perfect.

Dip into the hot butter. Then, drop into the cinnamon sugar and roll it around until it is completely coated.

Drop into the bundt pan.  Continue until you run out of dough.  You should have about a layer and a half or two layers in your pan when you are done.

Pour the rest of the sugar over the top and then the rest of the butter - in that order.  If you are out of either - don't panic just pour whatever is leftover on top.

Pour about 3/4 cup of pancake syrup over top.

Cover and let rise until almost doubled - about 30 minutes - it tends to rise faster than a regular loaf as the hot butter inspires it quite nicely to do it's thing!

Heat oven to 350F and cook until the buns sound hollow when tapped.

Now comes the tricky a large, very shallow bowl over the bundt pan and flip it over!  The caramel that has been created from the butter, cinnamon sugar and pancake syrup will ooze down the sides of the buns.

Serve immediately.



  1. Kath, I'm too lazy to make monkey buns.. could you make a batch and Purolator some my way? In time for Sunday brunch? Thanks, you're a dear..

  2. I visited the USA once, a couple of years back and experienced monkey bread for the first time. Since that moment when I fell deliciously in love, I have made variations and tried to perfect my perfect homemade (with an Aussie flair) monkey bread. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I will be giving it a go.

  3. Ohhhhhh....monkey bread. That is one of the best things ever. Thanks for the post, I need to make them soon!

  4. I love this recipe because it doesn't have too many ingredients! I'm not a good cook, but sometimes when inspiration hits, I try :)

    I found your blog via your comments made at my friend Dawn's blog The Write Soil
    Since I've 'seen' you there, I wanted to stop by and say hi! Your blog is beautiful! The header is gorgeous!

  5. I believe I have had the good fortune to wolf these down at your house. Heavenly!

  6. Cathy, I'll put a woman on that right now...

    Mercy - There is lots to love about this recipe - easy to make, smell, and especially taste!

    Dawn - truly comfort food. Thanks for the lovely compliment!

    I am sure you have had them, Barb - I forcefeed them to most of my company!