Herbed Monkey Bread

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herbed monkey bread

Herbed Monkey Bread

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 1 loaf

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


  • 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
  • Toppings
  • Sesame seeds
  • Poppy seeds
  • Parsley
  • Dill


  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add minced garlic. Remove from heat.
  5. Chop parsley and dill. Put the sesame seeds and poppy seeds in bowls.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

  1. says

    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

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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! 🙂

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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.

    • 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.

  7. says

    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 🙂

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