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Monkey bread with Crescent Rolls (Simple Recipe)

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Monkey bread with crescent rolls is one of the most fabulous comfort foods to enjoy on winter days. 

It is likely that by eating this bread your memory will transport you directly to the sweet souvenirs of your childhood where you woke up and this dish was ready for breakfast.

homemade monkey bread, Monkey bread with Crescent Rolls

The good thing is that you can easily recreate it! With a few ingredients and time, you can cook it and have it ready for breakfast or any meal.

In this recipe, you will know the intriguing background of this recipe, how to make it, and many variations that you can make with the ingredients.

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What is Monkey Bread?

It is difficult to trace the historical origin of this dish since sweet-style bread has been present since man learned to bake, either in a rustic or modern way that we know today.

However, monkey bread as we know it today gained its popularity in 1940 in the American city of California.

The recipe underwent many changes since it was originally a savory bread with toppings of ham, cheese, etc. As early as 1970, monkey bread began to be sold in coffee shops, being delicious sweet buns covered in most cases with hot melted butter.

This recipe earned a place in the hearts of all Americans in 1980 when then-President Ronald Reagan added a monkey bread recipe to the White House Christmas menu.

If you don’t have or don’t like the Pillsbury crescent rolls, you can give multiple twists to this crescent roll monkey bread and still get an amazing result. 

Things You’ll Need for Monkey Bread with Crescent Rolls

This monkey bread with crescent rolls recipe is very simple, ideal to make when you want something tasty and simple to make.

The necessary equipment is found in every house, you only need a bundt pan and a saucepan. If you do not have a bundt pan in your home you can use any type of pan with a similar size and high edges to contain your monkey bread.

The ingredients are extremely easy to find. Sugar, butter, and nuts can be found in any store, and if you have trouble finding the Pillsbury rolls later I will tell you about the different replacements you can make.

Raw croissant dough on metallic mold before baking

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Pillsbury crescent rolls (8oz each can)
  • ½ cup (60g) nuts (any of your choice, optional)
  • ½ cup (100g) melted butter
  • ¾ cup (75g) brown sugar (or any sugar of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon water

How to make Monkey Bread with Crescent Rolls

  1. The first step of this monkey bread recipe is to preheat the oven at 350°F or 180°C for 10 minutes.
  2. Then in a saucepan melt butter really carefully. Once that is melted grab a bundt pan and brush it with 2 tablespoons of butter, reserve the remaining butter in the same saucepan. 
  3. After that pour 3 tablespoons of nuts into the bundt pan, you can chop them to reduce their texture and size. 
  4. In the saucepan with the remaining butter add brown sugar, the rest of the nuts, and water. On medium heat bring it to a boil and mix constantly for 1 more minute, you should get a sauce with a liquid consistency, less thick than the normal caramel sauce. Set aside but make sure it remains warm.
  5. Remove the dough from the cans and cut each roll into 8 even pieces. Put 8 of them into the bottom of the bundt pan, pour some of the caramel liquid and then put the 8 remaining pieces. Let it rest for 5 minutes for the dough to relax
  6.  After that pour the rest of the caramel liquid on top of your monkey bread and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes at 350°F or 180°C. Let it cool for 5 minutes and remove it from the pan into a different plate so that the caramel doesn’t solidify and makes it difficult to unmold. Serve it warm and enjoy!

Substitution of ingredients

monkey bread recipe with 1 can of biscuits (6)

As previously said, this recipe is very easy to make and is ideal for breakfasts on winter days, but it may happen that if you do it in the morning you may be missing some ingredients and you cannot go buy them. Do not worry!

The solution is very simple since there are hundreds of replacements and changes that you can make.

I will start with the simplest change, if you do not have brown sugar you can replace it with white sugar, light brown sugar, or you can even if you have some liquid syrup of any kind you can use it instead of the caramel.

Personally, I recommend that you make the homemade liquid caramel, since it is straightforward to make and the taste is much better than the store-bought one, also you may not find one with the indicated consistency and this will harm your monkey bread.

For example, you can make monkey bread with cinnamon rolls, you just have to buy a can of cinnamon roll dough (or a homemade one) and the steps are the same!

Not only will you have a delicious cinnamon roll monkey bread, but your home will also have a cinnamon scent that will make you feel cozy all day.

You can also do a complete twist on the recipe and make monkey bread with Rhodes rolls. As I told you before, in its origins the monkey bread was savory, so you should only use a salty roll like the Rhode rolls, and add the toppings you want! – Buy Rhodes rolls here

You can put tomato sauce and cheese on top and you will have Pizza monkey bread!

If you are gluten intolerant or just want to cut down on flour, there are many gluten-free recipes or you can use your favorite gluten-free rolls, and you will have gluten-free monkey bread as a result.

The key to always obtaining a good result is to make monkey bread with rolls, any type of rolls will work perfectly! You can even make monkey bread with frozen rolls and get an amazing dish.

If you love monkey bread variations, have a look at my yummy monkey bread recipe with 1 can of biscuits or my Easy Monkey Bread with Pre-made Pillsbury Dough.

Tips on Serving Monkey Bread with Crescent Rolls

Tips on Serving Monkey Bread with Crescent Rolls

This dish is ideal to eat during breakfast or as a snack, it is commonly served with tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. You can serve a roll on each plate if you have guests, or put the monkey bread loaf on the table so everyone serves the amount they want.

The best way to eat this crescent rolls monkey bread is to serve it warm as its smooth texture works best at that temperature. 

You can serve one roll per plate and put any ice cream of your choice on top, so the different temperatures and textures are mixed, in this way you will have a dessert that will dazzle everyone.

How to store Monkey Bread with Crescent Rolls

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This monkey bread can be stored in the same way as any other bread, and it can even last longer thanks to the fact that it contains sugar. You can store it in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days and enjoy it at any time, although I recommend heating it up a bit before eating it.

Apart from that, you can freeze it! You must store it in a container with a lid or covered with plastic wrap and it can last in the freezer for 7 days. 

You must remove it from the freezer a day before and heat it before eating it. Don’t worry because the flavor of the monkey bread will be as tasty as the first day!


Caramel monkey bread. Apple pie with brown sugar and cinnamon
Yield: 6

Monkey Bread with Crescent Rolls

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Monkey bread with crescent rolls is one of the most fabulous comfort foods to enjoy on winter days. 

It is likely that by eating this bread your memory will transport you directly to the sweet souvenirs of your childhood where you woke up and this dish was ready for breakfast.

The good thing is that you can easily recreate it! With a few ingredients and time, you can cook it and have it ready for breakfast or any meal. In this recipe, you will know the intriguing background of this recipe, how to make it, and many variations that you can make with the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Pillsbury crescent rolls (8oz each can)
  • ½ cup (60g) nuts (any of your choice, optional)
  • ½ cup (100g) melted butter
  • ¾ cup (75g) brown sugar (or any sugar of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. First, preheat the oven at 350°F or 180°C
  2. Melt butter carefully in a saucepan. Then grab a bundt pan and brush it with 2 tablespoons of butter, reserve the rest. 
  3. Pour 3 tablespoons of nuts into the bundt pan. In the saucepan with the remaining butter add brown sugar, the rest of the nuts, and water. On medium heat bring it to a boil and mix constantly for 1 more minute. Set aside.
  4. Remove the dough from the cans and cut each roll into 8 even pieces. Put 8 pieces into the bottom of the bundt pan, pour some of the caramel liquid and then put the 8 remaining pieces. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  5. After that pour the rest of the caramel liquid on top and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes at 350°F or 180°C. Let it cool for 5 minutes and remove it from the pan into a different plate.  

Notes

If you don’t want to make the caramel liquid, you can use any liquid syrup of your choice, but you need to make sure it isn’t thick as a sauce or it won’t work as well as the liquid one.

This is the traditional Pillsbury monkey bread recipe, but you can use any roll of your choice!

You can cut the recipe in half and make an easy Monkey Bread Recipe with 1 can of Biscuits.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g

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