Apple-Cinnamon Monkey Bread



35 min


2 hrs 5 min


8 adult servings

Apple-Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Gather your little helpers and tighten your apron strings; this monkey bread is fun to make as a team.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 8-g pkg quick rise instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup hot milk , (120F to 130F)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 egg , at room temperature
  • 1 apple , grated (not peeled)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp mulled apple cider


  • Whisk 1 cup flour with granulated sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Whisk in hot milk, 2 tbsp butter, egg and apple. Stir in 11/2 cups flour, using a wooden spoon, and continue stirring until dough starts to come together.
  • Scrape dough onto a floured counter. Knead dough until smooth and not sticky, adding some of remaining 1/2 cup flour as needed, 3 to 4 min. Spray a medium bowl with oil and transfer dough into bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel and let rest in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 10-in. Bundt pan lightly with oil.
  • Pour 1/3 cup melted butter into a shallow dish. In a medium bowl, stir brown sugar with cinnamon. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Dip each ball in butter, then coat in sugar mixture. Layer balls in prepared pan, staggering each layer like bricks. Pat down. Sprinkle any remaining butter and sugar over dough.
  • Bake in centre of oven until deep golden brown, about 25 min. Transfer to a rack. Let stand 5 min, then flip onto a plate.
  • Place icing sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in apple cider, 1 tbsp at a time, until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm bread. Serve immediately.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 405,
  • Protein
  • 8 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 66 g,
  • Fat
  • 13 g,

Originally published in the Today’s Parent March 2015 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen.