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Herbed Monkey Bread

herbed monkey bread

Herbed Monkey Bread Recipe

I saw this bread in the Food Network’s magazine this month and they used frozen bread dough for it. I loved the idea but wanted to make my own bread to truly make this special. I got out my mom’s recipe for Egg Bread and made a few modifications to it. I used about half of the dough, 1 1/2 lbs. to be exact and made the remaining dough into a loaf of bread. I think this would be a perfect bread for Thanksgiving and it’s so pretty. If you make this for Thanksgiving dinner this way you have hot rolls and a loaf of delicious bread for sandwiches the next day.

I made a garlic butter using fresh garlic to dip the bread balls in. I chopped up some fresh dill and parsley. I added some poppy seeds and sesame seeds to a couple of small bowls and I was ready to do this. I only dipped one side of the balls into the herb or seeds, then put that side facing up.

I would think you could make it ahead and let the dough rise in the refrigerator but need to try it first before I can be sure of the times. Because there is 1 1/2 packages of yeast in this bread it rose pretty quickly. I think if I was going to refrigerate it I would cut it back to 1 package of yeast. I used just over 5 1/4 cups of flour.

Here’s a tip for you when working with fresh parsley. Chop your parsley into whatever size you want it to be. Take a couple pieces of strong paper towels and put your parsley in the center. Twist up the paper towel to enclose the parsley. Run it under cold water until you see the green stop coming out. Now squeeze the paper towels to get out as much water as you can. Dump your parsley into a bowl, it is now light and fluffy. It won’t discolor anything and will actually last a day or more like this if refrigerated.

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Herbed Monkey Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time: less than 2 hours 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 - 35 minutes

Total Time: less than 3 hours

Egg bread that is rolled into balls, dipped in garlic butter and coated with herbs to make this savory Herbed Monkey Bread



1 1/2 packages yeast
1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cups butter - melted
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 – 6 cups flour

Garlic Butter Dip
1/2 butter
2 - 4 garlic cloves - minced

Sesame seeds
Poppy seeds


Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.

Beat eggs in a bowl and add the sugar and beat well. Add melted butter, milk, hot water and salt. Mix well and add yeast.

Stir in 1 cup flour and beat until smooth. Add remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add minced garlic. Remove from heat.
Chop parsley and dill. Put the sesame seeds and poppy seeds in bowls.

Grease an angel food pan with cooking spray. Weigh out 1 1/2 lbs. of dough. This is slightly more than half if you don't have a way to weigh it. Cut the dough into walnut sized balls, dip into the butter and then one of the toppings. Put them in the pan. I did 2 rolls of the dough balls. Pour a little of the garlic butter over the top of the rolls. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 30 - 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Let set a few minutes after you take it out of the oven. Then very carefully remove the outside rim. I left the bottom on and put it on a wire rack to slightly cool. Remove to your serving dish when read to serve.

Concept from Food Network

herbed monkey bread recipe

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  1. Wow, this looks great! I am going to try to make a vegan version! I’ll let you know how it comes out. Thank for the idea. :)

  2. Never thought of doing a savory monkey bread, but it looks like a delicious way to feed a crowd.

    • Mary Ellen says:

      Hi Sarah, I didn’t think of it. Food Network did but they used frozen bread dough. I decided to do it my way and came us with this recipe from their idea.

  3. This looks so yummy! Perfect bread to serve to company – it’s beautiful.

    • Mary Ellen says:

      It is very good and I have about decided it could even be made a day ahead and reheated. It was amazingly good the second day.

  4. Ok, love this! What a great idea to make monkey bread savory instead of sweet! Definitely need to try this one. Pinning! Saw ya at The Best of the Weekend par-tay!

    • Mary Ellen says:

      Hi Krista, thank Food Network for the idea only they used frozen bread dough. I just discovered Linky parties, they are really fun!

  5. Mary Ellen, this looks scrumptious and it is so pretty. I wouldn’t have thought of this either but I love the idea. Your recipe looks really good too – I just love egg bread. Definitely pinning to my Cooking Bucket List.
    Terri Henkels – Easy Life

  6. Thank you for sharing on the Four Season Blog Hop – I may have sent two comments. I got so excited about the recipe I forgot that I was on here to also thank you for sharing. Anyway, in case you didn’t get the first message I just love this concept and think they are very pretty! I also really like your recipe and tip on parsley.
    Terri Henkels – Easy Life

    • Mary Ellen says:

      Hi Terri, thanks for your comment. The parsley tip is an old restaurant trick we used to do, we’d wrap in clean towels because we did so much at a time. It definitely works! It can keep fresh almost a week that way.

  7. This seriously looks amazing!! I have not ventured into bread making yet but I may have to just to make this monkey bread! YUM!

    Thanks for linking up to the life of the party! Im featuring this on my Facebook and Twitter pages tomorrow! :)

  8. Ok, that looks absolutely delicious, and it’s so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday!

  9. Bread is my weakness. Yours looks delicious. I love the idea of pull-apart bread ~ so easy. And with the herbs. I’m in heaven. I can hardly wait to make it. Would you be willing to share this recipe post and any other of your great ones at our Making Monday link party? We would love it and I think our readers would, too. Thanks. Have a fabulous week.

  10. This bread looks delicious. Pinning and will be trying. Happy to be a new follower. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  11. I saw this in the Food Network magazine too! It’s such a great recipe. Monkey Bread is way too sweet for me. I’ll have to try this. I love that you made your own bread too! Pinned this!

  12. This looks really good! I’m a big bread fan, though, so it’s only natural that it would! Pinning!
    Sharing some love from the Daily Blog Boost! <3

  13. I bet this is delicious, fragrant and fun! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  14. I bet this is heavenly fresh out of the oven! Pinning this! Thank you for sharing at All Things Pretty!

  15. Wow. This monkey bread is beautiful and I bet it’s delicious! Thanks for that little tip on parsley. I will definitely have to try that. And thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever! Pinning now… See you again this Saturday!

  16. I pinned this. I have been wanting to make monkey bread and the fact that it is savory makes it all the more appealing. Love that you did not use frozen – those preservatives get to me.

  17. I love this idea. I’m already thinking about how to make it my own. I think rolling the garlic butter dipped dough balls in Parmesan and parsley would make a fantastic garlic bread monkey bread. I love your parsley tip too. Thanks for sharing with us at Great Idea Thursdays 28. You are being featured.

    • Mary Ellen says:

      Thank you for the feature. OMG… it’s Thursday. I shall be right over. I just tried to leave you a comment and couldn’t figure out how to do it. So I pinned your beef sandwich twice!

  18. That looks so good. My husband likes to make bread while the kids and I love eating it! I can’t wait to try the combination of our favorite garlic and butter with the herbs. Pinning it for hubby to make. Lol.

  19. Hi there. Stopping in from the Let’s Get Real party. I was excited to see your herbed monkey bread. I usually see it coated in sugar (which tastes good) but this is certainly a nice twist on that. I look forward to reading more.

    • Mary Ellen says:

      The idea came from Food Network, I thought it was brilliant. They used frozen dough and I wanted to make the bread since I love making bread.

  20. I love this bread! All the fun different herbs for each roll and the garlic butter, yum! Gotta love Food Network :) Thanks so much for linking up with me @ Great Idea Thursday’s! You will be featured this week :)

  21. Sometimes it’s great to have savory options. Pinning. Hope to see you again this week at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives


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