Apple Pie Monkey Bread Recipe - Yes it is as GOOD as it sounds! (2024)

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The perfect combination of apples, cinnamon, and tender biscuit pieces, Apple Pie Monkey Bread makes the perfect fall breakfast recipe for the whole family!

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There is not many things I can remember really loving to eat as far back as I have loved apple pie. It has been one of my absolute favorite indulgences since I was just a tiny kid. These days I have been having some major apple pie cravings. Maybe it is being 35 weeks pregnant or maybe it is my wishful thinking that the weather will finally cool off and fall will move in but either way it has been on my mind in a major way!

Since I in no way have the time or energy to make a pie right now, and as hard as I wish it Costco will not start selling them {only pumpkin on the shelf, boo!} I was left with the lingering craving and nothing to cure the itch. After my last trip to the store where I scored a great deal on Pillsbury biscuits, I started to get an idea. All humility aside, it was a wonderful idea…. What if I took all that apple pie goodness and threw it in as the rich and delicious filling for some monkey bread.

So we made it. And we loved it. And now I and sharing it with you. When I was growing up there were two types of apple pies we would make. Very occasionally we would make one completely from scratch, but most often we would make kind of a “cheaters” version, where we made the crust from scratch but as a brilliant little short cut we used canned apples that were doctored up with my mom’s secret spice blend to make it taste just as good as homemade.

I took an adapted version of those spiced up apples and combined it with the biscuits, baked it and topped with some cinnamon glaze and it happened. Apple pie monkey bread. Y-U-M.

All the great taste of apple pie in minutes. It also makes a heck of an excuse to eat apple pie for breakfast! Here is what you do: Take a full can of apples and dump it in a bowl. Use a knife to run through the apples until they are in small bite sized pieces then, mix in the spices. Then cut your biscuits into small pieces. You will want to use the small biscuits for this recipe, not the big ones or the grands but the smallest ones they make. I bought mine in a 4 pack and used 3 cans which worked out really well for this recipe. I cut each biscuit into quarters, but really to me the smaller the better so the apple mixture can get into every nook and cranny!

Mix the cut biscuits into the apple mixture, making sure to mix everything really well so the apple mixture is coating everything. Spray a bundt pan generously with cooking spray and then pour the biscuit and apple mixture into the pan. Bake at 350˚F for 40-50 minutes or until the bread is baked through. Once you remove from the oven invert the pan onto a plate while it is still hot so that all that gooey goodness doesn’t stick to the pan.

Whip up a quick cinnamon glaze with powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and a little milk. Drizzle it over the top and then just pull of chunks of the gooey, cinnamony, appley, goodness and enjoy!

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Apple Pie Monkey Bread Recipe - Yes it is as GOOD as it sounds! (12)

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Apple Pie Monkey Bread

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  • 3 cans {7.5 oz/10 count} homestyle Pillsbury biscuits
  • 1 20 oz can sliced apple pie filling
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter.

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-8 tablespoons milk


  • In a large bowl, pour the apple filling in and use a knife to run through the mixture until the apples are all cut into small bite sized pieces.

  • Mix the pie filling with the sugars, flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and butter.

  • Cut the biscuits into quarters or smaller.

  • Mix the biscuits into the apple mixture and stir well to coat.

  • Spray a bundt pan generously with cooking spray and then pour the mixture into the pan.

  • Bake at 350?F for 40-50 minutes or until the bread is cooked through.

  • Remove from the oven and while it is still hot invert the pan and remove the monkey bread to prevent sticking.

  • Make the glaze by mixing the sugar and cinnamon. Add the vanilla and then mix in milk until the glaze reaches the desired consistency.

  • Drizzle the glaze over the top of the monkey bread.

  • Serve warm. Enjoy!

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Apple Pie Monkey Bread Recipe - Yes it is as GOOD as it sounds! (2024)


What's another name for monkey bread? ›

Monkey bread (also known by other names including plucking cake, pull-apart bread, and bubble bread) is a soft, sweet, sticky pastry served in the United States for breakfast or as a treat. It consists of pieces of soft baked dough sprinkled with cinnamon.

Why is pull apart bread called monkey bread? ›

Monkey bread gets its name by the method in which it is eaten: picking off chunks of buttery, gooey dough with your fingers not unlike a monkey grooming his buddy (which is actually a weird thing to name a food after, if you really think about it.)

Is monkey bread a southern thing? ›

to get right. Chef Thomas nailed it on the first try for. Gayle King!

What does monkey bread taste like? ›

Each bite tastes like the sticky delicious center of cinnamon rolls. Monkey bread is served pull apart style, similar to my cinnamon roll wreath, where everyone tears off a piece—just like how monkeys pick at their food. You can have monkey bread for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Is monkey bread made from bananas? ›

Bread Ingredients

Bananas: You will need 3 ripe bananas for the bread dough and 3 more bananas that will be diced and layered in between the balls of bread dough. Yeast: I used instant yeast in this recipe. It is also called quick rise or fast-rising yeast. Milk: I prefer whole milk in this recipe.

What is a fun fact about monkey bread? ›

Dating back to the 1880s in Hungarian literature, Hungarian immigrants brought this dish with them when they immigrated to America and began introducing it into the country's food landscape when Hungarian and Hungarian Jewish bakeries began selling it in the mid-twentieth century.

What fruit is called monkey bread? ›

Baobab is a fruit grown in Africa. Pronounced as “bau-bab,” this fruit grows on trees that can be over 1,000 years old. A baobab tree may also be called a monkey bread tree, Ethiopian sour gourd, cream of tartar tree and even upside-down tree.

Where do people eat monkey bread? ›

Monkey Bread, aka Puzzle Bread, aka Hungarian Coffee Cake, may not have originated in the United States but in Hungary, where my paternal grandmother was born. And so, in my search for a dish that was previously unknown to me, I am somehow guided to an ancestral tradition.

What culture is monkey bread from? ›

Fazekas traced the dessert back to the 1880s, claiming that it was Hungarian immigrants who introduced it to the United States. Fazekas named Hungarian Jewish bakers as the heroes of the story. In the middle of the twentieth century, it was they who made aranygaluska popular with American society.

What is another name for the monkey bread tree? ›

Common names for the baobab include monkey-bread tree, upside-down tree, and cream of tartar tree.

Why do Southerners eat biscuits? ›

But they became a mainstay in colonial times because they could be baked quickly and required few ingredients. In Southern colonies, successful wheat harvests gave the colonists access to fresh flour, cows and pigs supplied buttermilk and lard, and biscuits gradually began to transform into something more palatable.

What are other names for monkey caps? ›

A balaclava, also known as a monkey cap, balaclava helmet, ski mask or sheisty, is a form of cloth headgear designed to expose only part of the face, usually the eyes and mouth.

What is another common name for monkey nut? ›

Arachis hypogaea L., commonly known as peanut, groundnut, monkey nut, goober, or earth nut because the seed develop underground, is in the division Papiolionaceae of the family Leguminosae.

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