Pull Apart/Monkey Bread

Hello Friends,

This recipe is so easy and great for the starter when you have a big get together. I have been making it for quite sometime and everyone who tasted it loved it <3. Recently I prepared for appetizer at party in my house. I pulled it out from oven and served immediately to guests. They all absolutely loved it! This recipe needs few ingredients to make it. I am using pizza dough to make this bread. You can either prepare pizza dough from scratch or buy ready-made dough.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes


For Dough
1 1/2 cups each of plain flour or all-purpose flour and wheat flour
2 tbsp olive oil or any cooking oil
1 tsp caraway seeds
Salt to taste
1 tsp active dry yeast
Pinch of sugar
Warm water

Other Ingredients
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/3 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 basil powder (optional)
1/2 tsp dry rosemary (optional)
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp all-purpose or wheat floor


1. To make dough, take luck warm water in a bowl. Add pinch of sugar and mix. Add 1 tsp dry yeast, do not stir and keep on side to activate. If yeast does not activate then throw the mixture and restart. Water should be luck warm not hot otherwise yeast does not activate.
Ferment Yeast

2. Mix all the ingredients for the dough including activated yeast and make soft dough with warm water. Knead the dough properly. Place the dough in a greased bowl and put it in a warm place to rise for 2-3 hours until dough doubles in size.

3. In a bowl, mix olive oil, oregano, black pepper powder, basil powder, dry rosemary and pinch of salt.

4. Prepare cake pan first by rubbing butter and dust with dry flour. I am using coffee cake pan which gives nice shape to the bread when ready.

5.  When dough is ready, knead the dough one more time. Make golf ball size balls, roll in the dry all-purpose or wheat floor. Then roll these balls in to oil mixture one at a time so it is coated with herb and oil. Then arrange it in cake pan. Let it rise for 1 hour in warm place.

6. Heat the oven at 375F. Bake the bread for around 20-25 minutes or until completely baked and house is burst with flavours. Check with tooth pick if it comes out clean.
7. When pan cools down slightly, flip the bread in a plate and serve immediately. Guests can pull one bread at a time. It is crusty from outside and very soft from inside. I am telling you friends, this will be a hit! Just make sure you make extra ;D .

You can add layer of grated mozzarella cheese while arranging balls in the pan before baking. You can also add grated fresh garlic in olive oil. Or just follow the recipe and I can assure you that it will taste the best.

Leave me a comment if you have any question or if you tried cooking this bread.

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Welcome to Bhavna's food journey! Join me in cooking easy, simple, healthy and delicious food. I am a mother of two adult children and understand the fast life of today's adult. Hope you will enjoy and try my recipes. Looking forward to hearing from you!!

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