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One Hour Homemade Monkey Bread

Think you don't have time to make homemade, oven-warm batch of monkey bread?  Think again! With this method, you can make Monkey Bread from scratch in an hour!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Baking
Keyword easy monkey bread, monkey bread, monkey bread from scratch
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 517 kcal


For the dough:

  • cups hot milk about 110F/ 43C
  • 1 package active dry yeast 2-¼ teaspoons
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup butter melted


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in a ¼ cup of the hot milk and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg.
  3. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
  4. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

To rise:

  1. Place an 8-ounce cup of hot water into the microwave and heat on high for 3 minutes to moisten the oven.
  2. Remove the mug and place the bowl with the dough into the microwave and heat on its lowest setting (10% power) for 3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce by melting the butter then add the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  4. Then let the dough rest in the microwave for 3 minutes.
  5. Heat the dough (still on its lowest setting) for another 3 minutes.
  6. Then let the dough rest in the microwave for 5 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375F/180C
  8. When doubled in size, punch down dough.
  9. Stir the sauce to make sure it's fully combined. Pour a little of the sauce into the bottom of a bundt pan.
  10. Form dough into approximately 1-inch balls and layer to cover the bottom of the pan using ½ of the dough mixture.

  11. Pour over ½ of the remaining sauce. Continue to layer 1-inch balls of dough until it is gone. Pour remaining sauce over the mixture.

  12. Place on baking sheet to catch any overflow of topping and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven and wait 5 minutes to turn out on a large plate and serve.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Before attempting this method, please see the baker’s tip at the bottom of  the post for a microwave test.  I wouldn’t want you to ruin dough you spent a lot of time on in a microwave that won’t rise dough.

If your microwave isn't suitable, you can always rise the dough the old fashion way.

Nutrition Facts
One Hour Homemade Monkey Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 517 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 462mg20%
Potassium 141mg4%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 780IU16%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.