5 Ingredient Monkey Bread is an ooey-gooey pull-apart roll with a caramel glaze that is as easy to make as it is yummy! If you are so inclined, I also have a from-scratch Homemade Monkey Bread that you will definitely love!
5 Ingredient Monkey Bread
There are more names for monkey bread than there are ingredients in this recipe! This fun-to-eat bread is also known as monkey puzzle bread, monkey brains, sticky bread, Hungarian coffee cake, and a few more names that I can’t remember right now. No matter what you call it, you will pull off an ooey-gooey, caramel-like piece of bread every time. The secret ingredient is the butterscotch pudding mix!
Monkey Bread Ingredients
Rolls: There is no need to make your own homemade rolls; simply buy a package of Rhodes rolls. And, you don’t even have to thaw them ahead of time! Just look for the bake and serve dinner rolls.
Butterscotch Pudding Mix: Make sure you buy the COOK and SERVE pudding mix for the monkey bread, not instant.
Butter: Use a stick of unsalted butter, melted. (You can use salted butter.)
Brown Sugar: I prefer light brown sugar.
Nuts: Adding nuts is optional in this recipe. You could try adding walnuts or pecans if desired.
How to Make 5 Ingredient Monkey Bread
This recipe is super easy, but it does require the rolls to sit out overnight before baking, so keep that in mind. To get started, first, spray a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Next, add the rolls to the pan, spreading them around it. (If you are adding nuts, add them before adding the frozen rolls.)
Next, sprinkle butterscotch pudding mix (cook & serve only, not instant) over the rolls. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Evenly pour the mixture over the rolls.
Leave the rolls on the counter, uncovered, overnight, or about 8-10 hours. If you prefer to cover the rolls, you can use a lightly sprayed piece of plastic wrap. When ready, bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes. If the tops of the rolls get too brown in that time, cover with aluminum foil.
Remove the monkey bread from the oven and carefully invert the rolls onto a plate. Be careful of the hot caramel glaze. Serve them warm.
Do the Rolls Have to Sit Out Overnight?
I found that letting the rolls rest for 8-10 hours was ideal. However, if a quicker rise is desired, you can put the frozen rolls in a warm place. Then, it takes about 4 hours for the rolls to rise to the top of the bundt pan and be ready to bake. If you let them sit out more than 12 hours, they can get a little too big that they start to deflate.
Can I Use a Different Pan?
Generally, monkey bread is made in a bundt pan. But, you can definitely use a different type of pan to get the same delicious pull-apart Monkey Bread. You could use a casserole pan. But, the cooking times could vary when you are using a different pan. Be sure to check the middle of the bread for doneness. A bread pan or springform pan would also work.
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5 Ingredient Monkey Bread is an ooey-gooey pull-apart roll with a caramel glaze that is as easy to make as it is yummy!
- 20 Rhodes dinner rolls, frozen
- 1 package (3.5 ounces) COOK & SERVE butterscotch dry pudding mix, do not use instant
- ½ cup (1 stick, 113g) melted butter
- ¾ cup (150g) brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- chopped nuts, optional
Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
If adding nuts, sprinkle them in the pan.
Add twenty frozen rolls around the pan.
Evenly spread the dry pudding mix over rolls.
In a medium bowl combine melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour evenly over rolls.
Leave on the counter, uncovered, overnight. (If you want to cover the rolls, spray a piece of plastic wrap with non-stick spray and loosely place it over the pan.)
When ready, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 25-30 minutes. (If the top is getting too brown, loosely cover with aluminum foil.)
Immediately invert rolls onto a large plate. Serve and enjoy!