Instant Pot Monkey Bread—an easy 5-ingredient recipe for pull apart gooey cinnamon sweet bread.
Instant Pot Monkey Bread
Have you ever tried monkey bread before? It’s a fun and easy recipe that uses canned biscuits, cinnamon, sugar and butter. Basically you cut up the biscuit dough into small-ish pieces and roll them in cinnamon and sugar. You place the biscuit pieces into a pan (for the Instant Pot I use a half size bundt cake pan*). Then there’s a buttery-brown sugar sauce that’s poured over the top. The “bread” is baked in the oven, typically, but today I’m showing you how to cook it in the Instant Pot. Then you pull off pieces of the bread and pop them in your mouth…careful not to burn the roof of your mouth like I did though.
Even though this is a “cheater” recipe, meaning that it’s so easy and uses canned biscuits instead of homemade, it’s really tasty! It’s always a favorite with kids because the little pieces of biscuits are fun to break off and you don’t even need a knife to cut it.
You can get fancy with this recipe by adding in chopped pecans or walnuts or even dried fruit like raisins or craisins. But it’s pretty much just as good without all the extras.
I have only made this recipe in my bundt cake pan*. I find that “baking” in the Instant Pot works best with this type of pan because the air can circulate around it and cook evenly. If you want to try this in a regular cake pan I would suggest increasing the cooking time by 5 minutes.
You can see exactly how to make this monkey bread by watching my Youtube video. And if you are a visual learner make sure to subscribe to my channel. I post Instant Pot stuff over there pretty much every week.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Monkey Bread I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
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An easy 5-ingredient recipe for pull apart gooey cinnamon sweet bread.
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 (16.3 oz) can of biscuits
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Prepare your 6 cup (half size) bundt cake pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a bowl stir together the white sugar and cinnamon. In another bowl stir together the brown sugar and melted butter.
- Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces with kitchen shears.
- Toss the biscuits into the sugar and roll to coat each piece. (There will be leftover sugar, just discard)
- Place each coated biscuit piece into the bundt cake pan. (If you add nuts randomly sprinkle them throughout the pan) When you’re halfway through the biscuits pour half of the brown sugar mixture over the biscuit pieces. Finish placing the rest of the biscuit pieces on top. Then pour the rest of the brown sugar mixture evenly over the top.
- Loosely cover the pan with foil. Pour 1 1/2 cups of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place the pan on a trivet/sling and lower it into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 20 minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for another 10 minutes. Remove the lid.
- Use hot pads to remove the pan from the Instant Pot.
- Invert the bundt cake pan onto a plate. Pick pieces off the monkey bread and enjoy.
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- Category: Dessert
- Method: Instant Pot
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