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What is monkey bread?

What is monkey bread, and why is it called monkey bread? Find out here and get heaps of great cheesy monkey bread recipes!

In partnership and featuring recipes from  Perfect Italiano.  

What is monkey bread and how do you make it from scratch?

Monkey bread is a dish that’s made up of many small pieces of dough packed together with a topping to bind them. It first appeared in Hungary and was originally a sweet pastry, but nowadays you can find both sweet and savoury versions.

Why is it called monkey bread?

This recipe inherted this name because it’s eaten by using your hands to pull apart the dough.  It’s a fun finger food, made even more enjoyable when shared with your family and friends.

How do you make monkey bread?

This recipe always starts with the pizza like dough made from scratch, and then you can get creative with the toppings.

Here are four different variations, all using the same basic dough made from scratch and flavoured with different herbs, cheeses and dips. Try them all to find your favourite!

Cheesy Monkey Bread recipe

GET THE RECIPE:  Cheesy Monkey Bread

This savoury monkey bread is both filled and topped with cheese for maximum cheesy goodness. A great party food, it'll be gone before it has time to cool down.

Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple Monkey Bread recipe

GET THE RECIPE: Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple Monkey Bread

Bring the flavours of Hawaiian pizza to your monkey bread with this yummy recipe. The sweet and salty flavours make it even more addictive.

Garlic and Herb Monkey Bread with Hot Cheesy Dip recipe

GET THE RECIPE: Garlic and Herb Monkey Bread with Hot Cheesy Dip

Just when you thought monkey bread couldn't get any more tempting... there's this version served with a hot cream cheese dip. Get ready for oohs and ahhs!

Cheese and Chive Monkey Bread recipe

GET THE RECIPE: Cheese and Chive Monkey Bread

You can't go wrong with the classic combo of cheese and chives. 

More great recipes

Once you've made these monkey bread recipes, you'll have the dough down pat which is perfect for making pizzas at home. Get plenty of pizza recipes here, and find more cheesy recipes here.


*DISCLAIMER: Perfect Italiano is a contributing recipe partner at This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Perfect Italiano and our own opinions. You can find out more about the full range of  Perfect Italiano Cheese here.

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