Pizza Monkey Bread

Ok are you ready for Pizza Monkey Bread. It will kinda change your life. And maybe your waistline. But it’s 100% worth it and so freaking delicious! Imagine a pull apart pizza with herbs and cheese and a warm pizza dipping sauce. It’s good. And way too addicting. And both kids and adults alike will totally fall in love with this snack/appetizer!

I’ve seen Monkey Bread made from scratch or with pre-made biscuit dough from the market. Either would be equally awesome in my book, but I’ve been experimenting with yeast doughs recently and decided to be bold and make the dough from scratch. Once the dough has been made, rested and done it’s thing, you then dunk it in butter, cheese, herbs and garlic. Try not to drop your jaw at the sound of that :) Stick these suckers in mini bundt pans and into the oven they go! A little while later you will have piping hot Pizza Monkey Bread ready to dip into red sauce. Hallelujah!

Pizza Monkey Bread

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Pizza Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups Bread flour
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 5 Scallions, chopped
  • 10 Basil Leaves, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup Marinara or Pizza sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the Bread flour, AP flour and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine the active yeast and water in a mixing bowl fitted with a dough hook. Let it sit for a few minutes to make sure your yeast is working. Add the sugar and mix for a quick second. Add the flour mixture in batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Let the dough hook work its magic for 5-6 minutes until the dough has come together into a large mass. Remove the dough to an oiled bowl and let rise for 60 minutes.
  4. After an hour, remove the dough from the bowl and cut into small 1/2 inch cubes. Dust with flour to prevent them from sticking together. Set aside.
  5. Butter and flour 6 small bundt pans. (You could also use a large bundt pan)
  6. Melt the butter in a small bowl.
  7. Combine the cheese, herbs, salt/pepper and garlic in a large bowl. Add the melted butter and mix together with a spoon. Toss in the cut dough and make sure it all gets a coat of the butter mixture. Start layering the cubes into the bundt pans until they are 3/4 of the way full. Let sit for 30 minutes for the dough to rise a little more.
  8. Place bundt pans into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the bread and cheese is golden brown. Serve with warmed marinara sauce or pizza sauce.
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90 Comments

  1. Adorable! When I make pizza monkey bread, I bake the sauce onto the bread, which tastes awesome. But I love the idea of using it as a dipper too. So pretty.

    1. Hey Chris,

      I’d say bake it for about 50 minutes, take it out, check it out and see! It should be all golden brown on the outside when you are ready to take it out for good!

  2. Anything with the name “Monkey” in it has special significance in our house. Add the word “Pizza” and we’re definitely in. “Bread” puts it over the top. Next family movie night we’ll be munching on MPB…bet it goes well with beer too.

  3. Gaby, it looks wonderful! I love how you photographed it, too!

    Just the piece of parchment, but with the torn bread and the marinara sauce…it makes for a great photo on the wood, too. I am trying to learn and soak up everything I can :)

    The pics I took at the workshop of my burger when I used wood turned out the best. Note: use wood more often :)

  4. I’ve been using my mini-bundts for dessert only and love your idea for these! The problem is I’ll probably eat all six ;-) Can’t wait to try this one!

  5. Hi, I am from Singapore and not sure what monkey bread is, however I love cheese and especially pizza. Can’t wait to try this one. Look simple and I am sure my kids will love them. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. This looks delicious… I have these mini turkey pepperonis that would be a great addition to this. I can hardly wait to try this. I love pizza, and I just bought my first house… this might be fun for the house warming party. Thanks for the idea.

  7. If I’m using silicone bakeware (actually meant to make a giant sized donut), would I keep the recipe proportions the same and what baking time would you insist using silicone bakeware?

  8. Whoa! I am already a Bread junky. I love bread dough, pizza, cookie dough. Used to love helping my mother when she cooked. None of my brothers or sisters cared to help mom so I always hung around to scrape & lick the bowl….Yummy!

    I will definately have to try this recipe…..

    Cheers
    Social Wizard

  9. Wow…I love pepperoni bread, but would never have thought of this. My family will love this — what a great idea. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. This is awesome! While piling the balls into the bundt pan I also sprinkled in some diced up pepperoni!

  11. Made this for the teens tongiht. They LOVED it. Only change I would suggest is to use 2 teaspoons of salt, not 2 Tablespoons. Is that a typo? Surely has to be… Thanks for creating wonderful food and even better memories.

  12. I’ve often made monkey bread (and have even written about it) but this looks special. I love the idea of pizza bread with the traditional tomato topping as a dipping sauce.

  13. As a previous commenter noted, I think it should be 2 tsp instead of 2 Tbsp of salt. Mine didn’t rise but I cooked it anyway just to see what would happen and the pieces were WAY too salty. I hate that I wasted all of the time and ingredients, but I will probably try again another day and decrease the salt.

  14. I agree w/ Rebecca A….I tried this and it turned out great besides being SALTY!!! I thought 2 Tablespoons sounded like a lot but I followed the recipe exactly and i could only eat a few pieces. I would put it down to 1 teaspoon salt cause the cheese is a little salty too

    1. Hi Jackie! Thanks for your comment. I went ahead and tested the bread recipe again this morning based on your comments and adjusted the amount of salt! Thanks so much. Cheers
      Gaby

  15. Dear Gaby,

    I love how you used the bundt pans! I’ve seen other blogs which put sauces in the hole, kind of like the flower pot the put in the bundt cake in my big fat greek wedding.

    I’m going on holiday soon with a bunch of guys. I’m pretty sure this will be on the menu! I’ll be the only girl, so they’re hoping I don’t let them starve! Can’t wait to have the kitchen to myself!

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