Monkey Bread with Cranberry Orange Sauce



For the monkey bread

  • 3 Tablespoons  active dry yeast
  • 1/2 Cup  honey
  • 1/2 Cup  warm water
  • 5 Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon  salt
  • 1 Cup  whole milk
  • stick butter, melted, plus more for greasing
  • eggs, whisked
  •   Canola oil, for greasing the proofing bowl
  • One  14-ounce can cranberry sauce

For the cinnamon sugar

  • 1 Cup  sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • stick butter, melted

For the cranberry orange sauce

  • One  14-ounce can cranberry sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons  orange liqueur
  • 1 Tablespoon  orange zest
  •   Juice from 1 orange
  •   Powdered sugar, for dusting

Monkey bread is as fun to eat as it is delicious. It takes a bit of attention to prepare, but the results are well worth it. Chef Art Smith makes a cranberry-orange sauce for you to dip the sweet cinnamon balls from the cake in.


For the monkey bread

Heat water to 110 degrees. Add honey and active dry yeast and allow to sit in a warm place for 10 minutes until the yeast foams. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook add the flour and salt and mix to combine. In a small pot heat together the milk and butter until melted.  Add to the flour mixture the bloomed yeast, heated butter mixture and eggs. Mix on medium-high speed for 6 minutes. The dough will completely combine, become sticky and will pull away from the sides of the bowl. Remove to a floured board and knead the dough by hand until it becomes smooth. Place the dough in a bowl coated with oil, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place for an hour, the dough will double in size.
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan with butter, set aside.

When the dough has doubled in size turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into thirty-two equal pieces. Take one piece of dough at a time and slightly stretch the dough to fit into the palm of your hand. Fill the middle of the dough with one teaspoon of cranberry sauce, fold the dough over the filling pinching it together to seal completely then roll the filled dough into a ball. Brush the ball with butter and coat in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place seam side up in the bundt pan. Continue to form the dough and fill the bundt pan, brushing each new layer with butter before adding more dough on top. When finished assembling the monkey bread cover the bundt pan with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to proof for one hour, the dough should double in size and reach the top of the bundt pan.

When the dough has proofed, place in the preheated oven and cook for one hour, the dough will become golden brown and crusty. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then invert the monkey bread onto a serving platter.

For the cinnamon sugar

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Melt the butter in small saucepan and to the bowl. Stir well to combine.  

For the cranberry orange sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepot and heat until warm and combined. Generously spoon sauce over the monkey bread, fill the center of the monkey bread with additional sauce. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.


Watch Chef Art Smith make this recipe on the food-centric Youtube channel HUNGRY


Calories per serving:

879 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 211g 325%
  • Carbs 1,199g 400%
  • Saturated 125g 626%
  • Fiber 43g 171%
  • Trans 7g
  • Sugars 690g
  • Monounsaturated 55g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 105g 211%
  • Cholesterol 882mg 294%
  • Sodium 2,876mg 120%
  • Calcium 675mg 68%
  • Magnesium 250mg 63%
  • Potassium 2,205mg 63%
  • Iron 35mg 194%
  • Zinc 11mg 71%
  • Phosphorus 1,448mg 207%
  • Vitamin A 1,856µg 206%
  • Vitamin C 123mg 205%
  • Thiamin (B1) 9mg 621%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 6mg 343%
  • Niacin (B3) 53mg 267%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 68%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 2,121µg 530%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 40%
  • Vitamin D 9µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 15mg 75%
  • Vitamin K 32µg 40%
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