Monkey Bread

This is the orange flavoured Monkey Bread with lots of cranberries recipe from scratch, with the dough preparation & baking included, explained in great detail!
For the cinnamon original recipe, plus some other variations, check the Tips & Tricks section at the end!

Monkey Bread Recipe

... orange flavoured, with orange glaze and lots of cranberries!

Monkey Bread Recipe

... orange flavoured, with orange glaze and lots of cranberries!
Monkey Bread
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 90 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Monkey Bread Recipe Ingredients

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Monkey bread dough ingredients
Monkey bread coatings ingredients
Monkey bread glaze ingredients

Monkey Bread Recipe Instructions

Preparing the Monkey bread dough
  1. Warm the milk a little and check it with your finger - it should not be hot, just warm
  2. Put the milk in the bowl of the stand mixer and add the yeast, then wait for about 5 minutes
  3. Then add the orange juice and the honey and stir to combine
  4. Add the regular wheat flour, the whole wheat flour and the salt
  5. Warm gently the butter in the microwave (about 30 seconds) and add it in the bowl, then stir until the dough starts to form
  6. Attach the dough hook accessory to the stand mixer and set the bowl in it's place
  7. Knead for 5-7 minutes on medium speed, until the dough gets smooth. If it gets too stiff slowly add 1 teaspoon of water at a time until it gets right
  8. Spray or grease a larger bowl and place the dough in, then cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for an hour or until it's double in size
Coating the Monkey bread dough bits
  1. Mix the granulated sugar with the orange zest together in a small bowl
  2. Mix the milk and butter in another bowl and gently warm the mixture in microwave to melt the butter for about 30 seconds
  3. Lightly grease a large bundt pan (or spray it with cooking spray)
  4. Tear off pieces of dough and roll them into balls. These should be about the dimension of an egg
  5. Dip each dough ball first in the milk-butter mixture then in the orange-sugar mixture and place it in the greased bundt pan until they form a layer
  6. Throw in some cranberries and distribute them evenly over the dough layer
  7. Add another dipped dough balls layer, sprinkle more cranberries and so on until the dough and cranberries finishes
  8. Pout in the remaining butter mixture evenly over the dough in the bundt pan
  9. Cover the bundt pan with plastic wrap and let it rise for about an hour or until its volume dubles
Baking the Monkey Bread
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius / 350 fahrenheit degrees
  2. Bake the Monkey Bread 30-35 minutes or until the colour turns light brown
Glazing the Monkey Bread
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice until it forms a creamy consistency; add a little powdered sugar or orange juice to adjust it if needed
  2. Let the Monkey Bread cool for about 5 minutes after baking then place the plate over the bundt pan upside-down
  3. Carefully turn over the Monkey Bread to the plate and remove the bundt pan
  4. Spread the orange-sugar glaze evenly over the Monkey Bread and serve immediately - the Monkey Bread is best served warm!

Monkey Bread Recipe Tips & Tricks

Monkey Bread

The Monkey Bread is best with homemade dough - that is why this recipe include this part - but if you need a shortcut then use some pre-made dough from the market, at the expense of some tastiness :-)

The original - traditional Monkey Bread is made with cinnamon and there is no trace of orange in it - if you prefer it this way then try this great recipe.

However, one of the most sought after Monkey Bread is made with caramel sauce! A great caramel Monkey Bread recipe is here, enjoy!

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