Best Sourdough Monkey Bread Recipe

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This is probably the best sourdough monkey bread recipe you’ll ever come across. So roll up your sleeves, and grab your sourdough starter, for a phenomenal treat!

Best sourdough monkey bread recipe

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Best sourdough monkey bread recipe

Sourdough Monkey Bread Recipe

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This delicious pull-apart monkey bread makes the perfect treat for you and your family to indulge in. And the best part is, it comes with a thick, sticky, caramel sauce!

  • Total Time: 10 hrs 45 mins
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x



Monkey bread dough

  • 200g active sourdough starter
  • 550g organic, unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 200g filtered water
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp maple syrup extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Cinnamon sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Salted caramel sauce

  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  1. Combine flour, starter, melted butter, water, honey, and maple syrup in a stand mixer with a dough whisk for 5 minutes.
  2. Once the dough has formed, let it rest for 15 minutes after mixing, then add sea salt and mix for 5 more minutes.
  3. Carefully drop the dough into a greased bowl, and let this ferment for 6-12 hours. The dough should double in size when it’s ready.
  4. For the cinnamon sugar mix, add your brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, and whisk with a fork until well combined.
  5. Rip off pieces of your dough and roll each piece into a ball. Roll the ball into your cinnamon sugar mix, then place the cinnamon-coated dough all into a greased bundt pan. Cover the bundt pan with a tea towel or plastic wrap.
  6. Let the dough balls proof in the bundt pan for at least 2 hours. Once the dough has puffed up and filled your pan, then you’ll know it’s ready to bake.
  7. Now it’s time to make your salted caramel sauce. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, add butter and heat it on medium heat until it has melted. Add the maple syrup and stir, until the mixture is boiling.
  8. Gradually stir in your cream and let this simmer, until it thickens.
  9. Turn off the heat and add your sea salt, and stir until well incorporated.
  10. Pour the caramel sauce over your proofed sourdough.
  11. Bake this at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Use a wooden skewer to check if the caramel monkey bread is ready.
  12. Remove the baked monkey bread from the oven and let it cool in the bundt pan for 10 minutes, then flip it out onto a serving platter, and serve.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Prep Time: 2 hrs
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: bread
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 200 calories
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Protein: 10 g

What Kind Of Pans Can You Use For Monkey Bread?

The classic monkey bread recipe requires bundt pans to get that unique pull-apart effect. However, if you don’t have a bundt cake pan (like for my sourdough bundt cake recipe), then there are other options available.

Here are some that could work for your sourdough monkey recipe:

  • Pie pan
  • Square cake pan
  • Bread pan

Best Tips For Baking Monkey Bread

Whilst baking and eating sourdough monkey bread, you may have noticed the time and effort required for this scrumptious sourdough monkey bread. You may find that a few tips and tricks could’ve saved a couple of accidents (if there were any!).

Fortunately, we’ve compiled a few helpful tips for you to check out before your bake!

  • Use a bigger bundt pan: You may think you need a standard-sized bundt pan, but you don’t want to risk overfilling, so always opt for a bigger pan.
  • Place a baking tray/cookie sheet under your bundt pan: Before you place your bundt pan in the oven, it’s best to place a cookie sheet or baking tray beneath the bundt pan, as it will prevent any sugars and sauce from being spilled in the oven.
  • Use some foil: If your monkey bread is browning ahead of time, then simply place some foil over the bundt pan so that the bread doesn’t burn.

Why Do They Call It Monkey Bread?

No, it is not sourdough bread shaped like a monkey! In fact, it couldn’t be more unrelated.

However, like many dessert names this one has a reason for its label. The reason is, that the term “monkey bread” describes the bread as finger food. You would pick apart and eat the bread much like a monkey would, hence the term monkey bread!

What Is Sourdough Monkey Bread?

Sourdough monkey bread is essentially monkey bread but with a subtle sourdough element, that doesn’t go undetected. The only thing is, that depending on what you use, your recipe may take longer than a regular monkey bread would take to make. And that’s completely fine if you’re willing to sacrifice a little time for a lot of deliciousness.

Depending on the taste and texture you desire, you can use a sourdough discard or active starter for this recipe. Although I have decided to go for an active sourdough starter, simply because the taste is phenomenal, and the texture is heavenly.

Can You Make Sourdough Monkey Bread Ahead of Time?

You can certainly make your sourdough monkey bread ahead of time. The best way to do this is to prepare your monkey bread dough in the evening, and refrigerate it overnight so that it’s ready to bake in the morning.

However, if you plan to keep the dough refrigerated for longer, then you may risk the dough flattening, so it’s best to handle the dough after 24 hours.

How To Store Sourdough Pull-Apart Bread

Sourdough pull-apart bread is best eaten on the day, but can be stored (if you must) in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Although, you might find it best to devour the sticky sweet bread sooner rather than later.

Sourdough Monkey Bread

If you enjoyed sourdough recipes like these, then perhaps it’s time to try something else to treat your taste buds.

You can also make these sourdough recipes from ingredients you’re using in this recipe:


Why Is My Monkey Bread Sticking To The Pan?

If your monkey bread is sticking to the pan, then that means your pan isn’t greased enough. Make sure you grease it well with butter or coconut oil, remembering to get into the corners and don’t let the bread sit in the pan for too long.

Do I Have To Use a Bundt Pan For Monkey Bread?

No. While it helps to have one for this delicious monkey bread recipe, it isn’t completely necessary. Monkey bread cooks well in a bread pan, a cookie sheet, or a loaf pan.

How Do I Know When My Monkey Bread Is Done?

Simply insert a toothpick or skewer in the thickest part of the bread, and if it comes out clean, then your monkey bread is done, and ready to eat!

By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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