These are just like regular monkey breads except they are baked in a jumbo muffin pan. Somehow, having your own personal monkey bread makes them even better.  And regular monkey bread is “the most scrumptious concoction on the planet.”

So, break out your jumbo muffin pan. Grab any of our monkey bread mixes and get them ready for the oven. (Did you know that you can stick personal monkey breads in the microwave? You can always have a warm monkey bread! Or warm them up for the kids after school.)

Here’s how you make them.

Step 1:  Mix the dough and add the goodies.   Monkey bread lends itself to freelancing; you don’t have to follow a monkey bread recipe and you can start with your favorite bread recipe.

To fill a bundt pan, you will need a recipe that calls for about four cups of flour. Mix as you would another bread.  We usually add several tablespoons of sugar for a little sweeter bread. For an egg-rich bread, add an egg. You can also add cocoa, dry fruit, or nuts.

Step 2:  Cut the chunks.  The easiest way to cut the dough is to roll or pat it out on the counter and cut across the dough with a sharp knife. The chunks should be no larger than walnuts.

Step 3:  Coat the chunks.  There are two ways to coat the chunks: dip the chunks in butter and roll them in a sugar mixture or make a buttery slurry of melted butter and sugar and cinnamon and dip the chunks in the slurry. Nuts, fruit, or jam can be added between layers if desired. If you want to top your monkey bread with nuts, place nuts in the bottom of the pan since the monkey bread will be inverted onto a platter after baking.

Step 4:  Load the pan.  If you don’t have a bundt pan; any pan will do though tube pans and spring-form pans may leak.  You can use a jumbo muffin pan to make individual monkey breads.

Step 5:  Bake the bread.  Bake the bread at 350 degrees or as directed by the recipe. Once baked, let the monkey bread cool in the pan for about five minutes before inverting it onto a platter. This gives the glaze a chance to set up a bit so that it doesn’t run everywhere when inverted.   Serve the monkey bread warm.

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