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December 03, 2020 2 min read

Sweet, sticky, and delicious, Dutch oven monkey bread is a delightful treat that you can prepare from the comfort of your home kitchen or in the great outdoors!

This comforting sweet dish is traditionally served as a snack or a dessert, and it’s a fantastic way to get rid of some leftover biscuit dough you might have in your cupboards. If you’re preparing this at home, then you can use an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven for the best results. You can also take this recipe camping and cook up some campfire monkey bread over hot coals!

In this recipe, you’ll learn how long to cook monkey bread, the best biscuit dough to use, and how to make camping monkey bread. 


Dutch oven monkey bread FAQ

How can I make Dutch oven monkey bread outdoors?

Taking a good monkey bread Dutch oven camping recipe with you into the great outdoors is the perfect way to add some sweet, sticky, cinnamon goodness to your next backwoods trip.

It’s easy, too, as this is one recipe you can prepare with minimal equipment as you’re sitting around the campfire. The ingredients are no different from the one above; you’ll simply be cooking over a campfire rather than in the oven.

You’ll need hot embers, and lots of them, so get that fire started early. You also want to use a traditional cast iron double dutch oven rather than an enameled Dutch oven. Enameled Dutch ovens are much more delicate than the heavier cast-iron Dutch ovens, so we suggest leaving the enamel at home. 

When your embers are red hot, you can bury your Dutch oven in the fire so it’s covered and evenly heated — place coals on top of the lid for the best results. 

What’s the best biscuit dough for Dutch oven monkey bread?

You can use almost any biscuit dough that cooks straight from the packet, but we suggest going for a Pillsbury monkey bread recipe. Pillsbury biscuits are often the preferred choice for monkey bread bakers, as they offer the perfect texture and taste. You can easily take monkey bread Pillsbury biscuits camping with you or leave them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to bake at home.

Why is it called ‘Monkey Bread’?

We all know what monkey bread is, but it’s one of those unusually named food items that we never quite understand why it’s called what it is. One popular suggestion is that the term monkey bread refers to the fact this sweet treat is easy to eat with the hands. It’s easy to pick pieces off, just as a monkey would eat their food. 

Monkey bread also has many other names, too, including ‘Bubble Bread’ and ‘Pull-apart Bread.’ Regardless of how it got the name, though, it’s a rather fitting description of this delightful dessert!

So grab your monkey or bubble bread, throw it in the oven or on the fire and enjoy this sweet treat. But make sure to grab some napkins first!

Enjoyed this recipe? Check out our gluten-free Dutch oven bread or other easy-to-do Dutch oven recipes!

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