Easy Monkey Bread With Butterscotch Pudding Recipe

If you've never had the pleasure of enjoying a warm, gooey serving of homemade monkey bread before, well, you are certainly in for a sweet treat. Monkey bread is a sugary snack, dessert, or brunch side that you and your family will absolutely love digging into. There's nothing more satisfying than pulling off a large piece, plus, it basically melts in your mouth. (Yes — it's that good.) 

Although the specific origins of monkey bread are unknown, the practice of making rolls with butter, sugar, and cinnamon has been in place for centuries. According to ifood.tv, Middle Eastern cooks shared their rolls with travelers and explorers alike, who then spread the tradition of buttery sweet cinnamon bread around the world. And let's be thankful that they did!

This particular monkey bread recipe is brought to you by recipe developer Jessica Morone of Jess Loves Baking. Morone loves this recipe for its nostalgia factor: "Monkey bread was one of the few things my mother was really good at baking, so she would make it for us sometimes when I was growing up, so this recipe reminds me of her and my childhood." How sweet! Read on to see how you can make this gem in your own kitchen.

Gather the ingredients to prepare this easy butterscotch monkey bread recipe

Before you begin making this delicious treat, you will need to gather all of your ingredients. This recipe requires two (16.3-ounce) cans of refrigerated biscuit dough, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, one (1-ounce) package of Jell-O Instant Butterscotch Pudding, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar, and ¾ cup of butter or margarine (melted).

As far as the pudding mix is concerned, Monroe says that other flavors will work as well, but butterscotch is particularly tasty. She suggests lemon as an alternative for a lemon monkey bread, or even ½ cup of granulated sugar for a "more standard" monkey bread.

Cut the biscuit dough into pieces

Now that you have your ingredients ready to go, you'll need to prepare your biscuit dough. This is also a good time to preheat your oven to 350 F, and grease a 12-cup bundt pan or tube pan.

In this step, you will remove the dough from the package, and cut each pre-formed biscuit into four pieces. You don't need to be too picky with the shape here — just make sure all the pieces are relatively even in size. These pieces will be assembled later in the pan to make up the pull-apart bits of the monkey bread and make for a cleaner rip than simply preparing a singular loaf or cake. Plus, the buttery aspect of the biscuits helps the bread achieve its rich flavor.

Prepare the dry mixture, then combine it with the biscuit dough pieces

Next, combine the granulated sugar, butterscotch pudding mix, and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. To be clear, you are only putting the dry packet of butterscotch pudding mix into the bowl. (You won't be adding any of the wet ingredients listed on the box.)

Once you've evenly combined your dry ingredients, place the biscuit dough pieces into a large bowl, and pour the dry mixture on top. Use a spoon to mix the biscuit dough and dry mixture together, making sure all the biscuit dough pieces are covered with butterscotch mix.

Place the pieces of dough into a bundt or tube pan

Next, it is time to assemble to dough pieces in the greased 12-cup bundt pan or tube pan. Monroe says there is "no special way to arrange [the dough pieces]," although you will want to keep them relatively level. Keep in mind that what you see when you are done placing dough in the pan will be the bottom of the cake, so if it is a little wonky or has clumps of dough poking out (rather than a flat bottom), your monkey bread might not sit right.

Combine the melted butter and brown sugar, then add the mixture to the pan

Before you can bake your monkey bread, you will need to prepare the wet ingredients, which will help give the cake moisture. To do this, combine the melted butter and brown sugar in a small bowl. Whisk the butter and sugar together until well combined.

Once everything is combined, pour the mixture over the biscuit pieces in the bundt pan. Make sure to move the bowl around to different areas while you are pouring to ensure an even coating in different parts of the pan.

Bake, serve, and enjoy

Finally, all that's left to do is bake your creation. Bake the monkey bread for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden in color. Once you pull out the bread, let it rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then flip it out onto a plate for serving. And voila! You have delicious, sticky, sweet butterscotch monkey bread. 

For serving suggestions, Monroe says this is truly a round-the-clock food, and that "it's great for either breakfast or dessert." This also makes a great dish for entertaining, as your guests will love the activity of pulling off pieces.

Easy Monkey Bread With Butterscotch Pudding Recipe
5 from 18 ratings
If you've never had the pleasure of enjoying a warm, gooey serving of butterscotch monkey bread before, well, you are certainly in for a sweet treat.
Prep Time
12
minutes
Cook Time
25
minutes
Servings
12
Servings
pulling piece of monkey bread
Total time: 37 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 (16.3-ounce) cans refrigerated biscuit dough
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (1-ounce) package Jell-O Instant Butterscotch Pudding
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease a 12-cup bundt pan or tube pan, and then set aside.
  3. Remove the biscuit dough from the packages, and cut each biscuit into 4 pieces.
  4. Combine the granulated sugar, butterscotch pudding mix, and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
  5. Place the biscuit dough pieces into a large bowl, and then pour the dry butterscotch mixture on top. Use a spoon to mix the biscuit dough and butterscotch mixture together, making sure all the biscuit dough pieces are covered with butterscotch mix.
  6. Place the biscuit pieces into the prepared bundt pan.
  7. In a small bowl, add the melted butter and brown sugar. Whisk together until well combined.
  8. Pour the mixture evenly over the biscuit pieces in the bundt pan.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the biscuits are golden.
  10. Let the monkey bread cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, then invert it onto a plate.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 409
Total Fat 14.9 g
Saturated Fat 8.5 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 30.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 62.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
Total Sugars 24.2 g
Sodium 481.0 mg
Protein 7.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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