Pizza Monkey Bread


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 Are you ready for Pizza Monkey Bread? It will change your life. Imagine a mini pull apart pizza with herbs and cheese and a warm pizza dipping sauce. Jackpot!!

Pizza Monkey Bread from (@whatsgabycookin)

I’ve seen Monkey Bread made from scratch or with pre-made biscuit dough and while each would be equally amazing 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 just pop it all in your mouth then because WHOA it’s amazing 🙂 Then 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 from (@whatsgabycookin)

Pizza Monkey Bread from (@whatsgabycookin)

Pizza Monkey Bread from (@whatsgabycookin)

Pizza Monkey Bread

5 from 1 vote


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2/3 cup Pecorino Romano cheese grated
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 5 scallions chopped
  • 10 basil leaves chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce


  • In a medium bowl, combine the bread flour, all purpose flour and salt. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Butter and flour 6 small bundt pans. (You could also use a large bundt pan)
  • Melt the butter in a small bowl.
  • 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 and while they are rising, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • 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.
Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Brooke (Baking with Basil)

    I would have no self control around these! Great idea!!!

  2. Jess Wakasugi

    These look so incredibly good, I can’t stop drooling over the cheese, herbs, and garlic! Yum! And I love how you put them into mini bundt pans, so cute 🙂

  3. Sarah Caron

    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.

  4. Maris (In Good Taste)

    OMG! This looks incredible. How can you go wrong with pizza and monkey bread and put together!!!

  5. RJ Flamingo

    I completely adore this! This would be perfect for movie night or casual entertaining, or watching a game on TV. SU’d & bookmarked!

  6. monika

    I have never heard of pizza monkey bread, but it looks and sounds like a winner!

  7. Kathy – Panini Happy

    These sound so tasty – and I especially appreciate that you went the scratch route. 🙂

  8. Chris

    Do you know how long to bake this if you use just one big bundt pan? Looks delicious.

    • Gaby

      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!

  9. Mimi of California Avocados Direct

    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.

  10. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    what a wonderful idea! My mom used to make a garlic herb bread similar to this!

  11. Snippets of Thyme

    Hmmmmmm. I’ve been looking for something for a teen boy’s snack. These would be great! Yours do look delicious.

  12. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    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 🙂

  13. Allison [Haute Box]

    are you for real?? this looks amazing! i need to make this for a movie night with the boyfriend.

  14. marla

    Note to self: must get mini bundt pans pronto! These look life changing – in the best way 🙂

  15. Anya

    I haven’t heard of this, but it sounds amazing! I would like to try it!

  16. Amy

    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!

  17. Miri Leigh

    Oh my goodness, this looks too good to be true! Dangerously good, I think! Thanks for sharing :]

  18. tinytearoom

    these would be awesome when entertaining friends. I can smell them baking in the oven already

  19. Vanessa

    These look so amazing. I love monkey bread. I love pizza. What a match made in heaven!

  20. Sarinah

    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.

  21. agirlajeepandahouse

    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.

  22. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    I rocked the cinnamony monkey bread version a few weeks ago, but I LOVE your idea here! looks fab!

  23. Sophia

    What a genius idea!! Two of my favorite things comes into one delicious recipe! I could probably eat my weight in this stuff!

  24. anh pham

    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?

  25. fajas colombianas

    Now these would be a great idea for the sunday night bowl. But I think i’ll add more garlic to it to give it a much more intense flavor.

  26. Social Marketing Wizard

    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…..

    Social Wizard

  27. Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Wow Gaby does this look good! Someone sent me the link to see if I can lighten it up, LOL!

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  29. Mary (sisters running the kitchen)

    this looks so amazing! i never would have thought of pizza monkey bread. wow. amazing. I need to make this.

  30. Cat Davis

    What a creative way to use mini bundt pans. I actually have a couple and want to try this. (bookmarked) thank you!

  31. ally

    this WOULD be fatal to my waistline Oh my goodness this LOOKS heavenly….

  32. Beverly

    This Monkey bread would be a delight right now because I need a snack!!

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  34. Jess

    Great Post! Just wanted to let you know that I linked to it for [Preserving Mondays]! Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

  35. Lisa {smart food and fit}

    This looks amazing, perfect for Friday night pizza night! 🙂

  36. Kevin (Closet Cooking)

    That pizza money bread looks so good!