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Lemon Basil Monkey Bread

Morsels of Life - Lemon Basil Monkey Bread

I've heard that monkey bread is a sweet, cinnamon flavored, sticky pastry usually served for breakfast, but since I had never had that version (or even known about it), I always thought it was just a pull apart bread, and since I have only had savory versions, I broke with tradition and the "standard" cinnamon version. You too can make some really awesome monkey bread with this recipe! As you can see from the picture, I couldn't stop myself from eating a few pieces right as it came out of the oven (oops!). This bread is great with many soups and stews. You don't even need to slice the bread since the bread is already cut into pieces before it's baked, making it a fun and easy bread to share. If you're trying to make the sweet cinnamon (or another) version, you could easily substitute cinnamon and sugar (or anything else) for the lemon and basil I used, allowing for almost unlimited possibilities.

What are your favorite monkey bread flavors?



Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
3.5 cups flour I used 2 cups white and 1.5 cups wheat.
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons 1 packet yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1/4 cup basil
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted


  1. Mix 1.5 cups flour, sugar, yeast, water, egg, and salt until just combined.
  2. Stir in lemon zest, basil, and remaining flour until combined.
  3. Knead dough for about 1 minute.
  4. Roll dough to approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inch thickness, and cut it into pieces approximately 1 square inch.
  5. Briefly dip one (or both) sides into the butter and layer them into the baking pan or container.
  6. Cover the bread with a moist towel or paper towel and allow dough to rise (approximately double).
  7. Bake at 350F until golden brown.


  1. Wit,wok and wisdomApril 06, 2011

    Chanced across your lovely blog while going thru the entries at Tuesdays at the Table:) Well,you have a lovely space here and a couple of amazing recipes!

    I have an event centered round bread on at my space.Would love it if you drop in sometime and link up any of your fabulous recipes!


  2. Morsels of LifeApril 06, 2011

    >Thanks for your comment! I have linked up with this recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  3. Wit,wok and wisdomApril 07, 2011

    >Thanks so much for linking up!:)