What is monkey bread? It’s the most delectable pull apart cinnamon rolls in a bundt pan shape. When I was in middle school, a classmate’s mother would make us monkey bread every fall and it was the highlight of our school day.
I remember that taste vividly and wanted to incorporate some chopped apples inside for an apple pie meets cinnamon roll type of fusion. Lo’ and behold, I’m not the only one who has had this particularly unique craving before. It’s totally possible to make this from scratch, but I wanted to provide an accessible recipe that anyone could make at home. The recipe below is from Pillsbury, the very same cinnamon rolls that I used for this pastry. Enjoy!
Apple Monkey Bread Recipe
2 cans refrigerated Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls
1 medium tart apple, peeled, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 F.
grease your Bundt pan with cooking spray (I used a mini Bundt pan, traditionally it’s made in a large Bundt pan)
Open tubes of cinnamon rolls. Pull apart each cinnamon roll and cut into four equal pieces. set these into a bowl.
Peel and chop your apple. place in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar and mix well.
Add 1/4 cup sugar cinnamon mixture to the apples. Mix well.
place half of your apple pieces spread evenly on the bottom of your Bundt pan.
take half of your cinnamon roll pieces and roll them in some cinnamon sugar mix. Then add into the Bundt pan on top of the apples, spreading them evenly across.
add remainder of apples on top of this layer of cinnamon roll in the Bundt pan.
Roll remainder of dough in the cinnamon sugar mix. Place on top of apples in pan.
Pour melted butter evenly across the top of the dough in the pan.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
let cool for 10 minutes before running a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Flip cake on to a serving plate, allow to cool for another 10 minutes before drizzling icing over top. Pull apart to serve.