Maple Bacon Monkey Bread is where sweet and savory flavors unite in a mouthwatering, gooey breakfast treat that everyone loves!
Why We Love Monkey Bread with Biscuits
- I had my first monkey bread in high school when my best friend’s mom made it for us one morning. I was hooked on the sweet pieces of biscuit and haven’t looked back since!
- Maple Bacon Monkey Bread is crazy easy to make. Just pop open some biscuits (total time-saver), roll in cinnamon sugar, layer with bacon, pour on the maple caramel sauce, and bake. It’s a fun recipe for little hands to help with.
- Monkey bread is great for serving a crowd at breakfast. It’s always a holiday favorite, but it is perfect for morning football games or as a weekend treat. Heck, I’ve even served it as a dessert with coffee. Everyone loves it!
Maple Bacon Monkey Bread Ingredients
REFRIGERATED ITEMS: From the fridge, you will need bacon and 3 cans of Pillsbury Grands! Buttermilk biscuits. They should be the big biscuits (not the small cans). If you can’t find the buttermilk variety, original or butter biscuits can be substituted.
PANTRY ITEMS: Grab some light brown sugar, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. If you’re not a fan of nutmeg, you can skip adding it in.
MONKEY BREAD SAUCE: To make the sauce you’ll need more brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. If you have real maple syrup go ahead and treat yourself, but if Mrs. Butterworth’s is in the pantry that’ll work just fine.
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STEP 1 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease the inside of a 12-cup bundt pan, don’t forget the tub in the center too. Then take the biscuits out of the cans and cut each biscuit into quarters.
STEP 2 In a medium mixing bowl, stir together 1/4 cup of brown sugar, the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss a few biscuit pieces in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Coat the biscuits in batches as you layer them in the pan.
STEP 3 Layer the coated biscuit pieces and crumbled bacon in the prepared bundt pan. Repeat the layering process until all the biscuits have been used. I like to save some of the bacon to sprinkle a little extra on top once the monkey bread is finished.
STEP 4 Time to make the sauce! Add the butter, 3/4 cup of brown sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup to a small saucepan. Place the pan over medium-high heat and whisk the sauce until the sugars have dissolved completely.
STEP 5 Pour the sauce all over the biscuits and bacon into the bundt pan. It should fill the pan most of the way. Bake the monkey bread for 35 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.
STEP 6 Take the bundt pan out of the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Then place a serving plate over the top of the pan, bottom side up. (You’re going to invert the whole thing.) Flip the monkey bread over onto the plate. Some of the sauce will run down the sides, yum! Sprinkle extra bacon on top before serving warm.
Tips & Tricks
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container on the counter. If you refrigerate the bread it will harden, especially the sauce. You can freeze this monkey bread, wrapped in plastic wrap in an airtight container, for up to 3 months. Then thaw it to room temperature before reheating.
- If you want a little more texture, you can add chopped pecans into the monkey bread layers and sprinkle extra on top with the bacon.
- If you don’t have a bundt pan, you can make this recipe in an 8×8 baking dish. Cook as directed and then invert the pan onto a serving platter.
Monkey Bread Recipe FAQ
What is monkey bread and why is it called that?
Monkey Bread is a pull-apart bread that’s made with small pieces of dough. It can be made either sweet or savory depending on the other ingredients.
The name comes from the manner in which it’s eaten. The bread is picked apart using your fingers… kind of like monkeys picking at each other for grooming.
I know, weird name. But the dish is delicious and great for serving a crowd.
What is Monkey Bread made from?
Monkey Bread is usually made from pieces of refrigerated biscuit dough or homemade yeast dough. Sweet monkey bread usually has a sugar-based sauce and the dough may be rolled in cinnamon-sugar as well. Savory monkey bread, like pizza or herb and cheese, and usually use a butter-based sauce with seasonings mixed in.
What is Monkey Bread sauce made of?
Sweet Monkey Bread sauce is made from sugar or brown sugar and butter. You can add other things like maple syrup, but the idea is to let the butter and sugar turn into a caramel sauce while the bread bakes.
Savory Monkey Bread sauce is made from butter with things like herbs, seasoning, and/or garlic added in.
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Maple Bacon Monkey Bread
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 12-cup bundt pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir together 1/4 cup of brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until evenly combined. Set aside. Open the biscuit cans and separate the biscuits. Cut each biscuit into quarters.
- Add 5-6 biscuit pieces into the cinnamon sugar mixture a toss to coat. Place the coated pieces into the prepared bundt pan. Repeat until there is a full layer in the pan.
- Add some crumbled bacon over the biscuits. Then continue coating and layering the biscuit pieces while adding bacon as you assemble. Set aside. (Reserve some of the bacon for garnish later.)
- To a small saucepan add the butter, the remaining 3/4 cup of brown sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup. Place over medium-high heat and whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce is smooth. Remove from the heat when the sauce starts to bubble.
- Pour the sauce over the biscuits and bacon so that the pan is mostly filled.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Place a large plate over the bundt pan and then invert the pan onto the plate to remove the monkey bread from the pan. (You may need to run a knife around the edge of the bread before flipping to make it release more easily.) Sprinkle with more chopped bacon before serving.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.