Monkey Bread with Cranberry Orange Sauce

Monkey Bread with Cranberry Orange Sauce
Staff Writer


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 Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 26g 41%
  • Carbs 150g 50%
  • Saturated 16g 78%
  • Fiber 5g 21%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 86g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 13g 26%
  • Cholesterol 110mg 37%
  • Sodium 359mg 15%
  • Calcium 84mg 8%
  • Magnesium 31mg 8%
  • Potassium 276mg 8%
  • Iron 4mg 24%
  • Zinc 1mg 9%
  • Phosphorus 181mg 26%
  • Vitamin A 232µg 26%
  • Vitamin C 15mg 26%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 78%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 43%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 33%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 9%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 265µg 66%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 5%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 9%
  • Vitamin K 4µg 5%
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