Easy Homemade Monkey Bread, a Classic Recipe That Has Stood the Test of Time

Monkey bread, a classic recipe that has stood the test of time, has undergone a flavorful transformation. In this article, I will guide you through the process of creating two delectable versions of this beloved treat: a sweet garam masala rum caramel sticky bun monkey bread and a savory sesame parmigiano garlic monkey bread. Both recipes use a brioche-style dough that guarantees fluffy and rich results. So, let’s dive into the world of ooey-gooey goodness and explore the possibilities of monkey bread like never before.

Monkey Bread Recipe


Garam Masala Sticky Bun Monkey Bread

  • 1.5 cups (375g) whole milk
  • 2.25 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup (52g) granulated sugar
  • 4.25 cups (640g) all-purpose flour
  • 1.25 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons (82g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

Spiced Sugar

  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Rum Caramel

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 5.5 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick charred

Sesame Parmigiano Garlic Monkey bread


  • 1/2 cup melted SALTED butter
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic
  • 2 cup parmigiano reggiano, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • butter for brushing
  • flakey salt


Creating the Brioche-Style Dough

To start, we gather our ingredients for the dough. Whole milk, instant yeast, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt, butter, and eggs come together to form a sticky, yet delectable dough. Once mixed and kneaded, the dough is left to rise for one to two hours until it doubles in size.

The Brioche-Style Dough

To begin, we gather our ingredients for the dough. Whole milk, instant yeast, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, fine sea salt, unsalted butter, and eggs come together to form a sticky, yet beautifully homogenous dough. After a series of mixing and rising, the dough becomes fluffy, light, and rich in texture, ready to be transformed into our delectable monkey bread.

Sweet Garam Masala Rum Caramel Sticky Bun

While the dough continues to rise, we prepare a tantalizing rum caramel sauce infused with garam masala spice. The combination of granulated sugar, water, cinnamon stick, unsalted butter, heavy whipping cream, and rum creates a luscious, sticky caramel that perfectly complements the sweetness of the bread. The dough is rolled into small balls, coated in masala sugar, and placed in a bundt cake pan. After proofing, the bread is baked until golden brown. Finally, the warm monkey bread is inverted onto a platter, and the rum caramel is generously poured over it, creating a heavenly treat that must be enjoyed while warm.

Savory Sesame Parmigiano Garlic Monkey Bread

For those who prefer a savory twist, we offer a tantalizing sesame parmigiano garlic variation. Following the same dough preparation, the dough balls are dipped in melted butter and coated in a mixture of toasted sesame seeds and a flavorful blend of finely grated parmesan, garlic, parsley, and thyme. The coated balls are arranged in a bundt pan and topped with a remaining butter and parmesan garlic mixture. After proofing and baking, a gorgeous golden-brown garlic bread emerges from the oven, ready to be devoured.

The Ultimate Monkey Bread Experience

As we savor both versions of monkey bread, the results are truly outstanding. The sweet garam masala rum caramel sticky bun offers a fluffy, custard-like texture that melts in your mouth. The rum caramel adds a touch of decadence, elevating this dessert to heavenly heights. On the other hand, the savory sesame parmigiano garlic monkey bread boasts a satisfying crunch from the sesame seeds and a burst of umami flavors from the parmesan and garlic mixture. Each bite is a delightful explosion of taste and texture.


Making monkey bread from scratch allows us to elevate this classic recipe to new heights of deliciousness. Whether you prefer the sweet garam masala rum caramel sticky bun or the savory sesame parmigiano garlic variation, both versions are sure to satisfy your cravings. The fluffy, pillowy texture of the brioche-style dough combined with the indulgent coatings and toppings creates an unforgettable treat. So, gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and embark on a delightful culinary adventure with homemade monkey bread. You won’t be disappointed!

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About the Author: Julia Azedae

Food is my passion, and I'm grateful every day that I get to share that passion with others through my blog. I hope to continue exploring the world of food and sharing my experiences with my readers for many years to come.

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