Buttery Bubble Bread Recipe
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Buttery Bubble Bread Recipe

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Homemade bread can be time-consuming, difficult and tricky to make. But this fun-to-eat monkey bread, baked in a fluted tube pan, is easy and almost foolproof. If I'm serving it for breakfast, I add some cinnamon and drizzle it with icing. —Pat Stevens, Granbury, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 237 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, shortening, egg, salt and 1 cup of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Dip the balls in butter and arrange evenly in a greased 9-in. fluted tube pan. Drizzle with remaining butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter. Serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Switch things up by adding chopped fresh herbs to the melted butter. We like 1/2 teaspoon each of minced thyme, rosemary and parsley.
  • Vampire-proof your family by adding three cloves of minced garlic to the butter.
  • Originally published as Buttery Bubble Bread in Taste of Home April/May 2002, p31

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    Rebecca User ID: 8972758 264439
    Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

    "I have a question instead of a review. Can the dough be made in a bread machine instead? I am no longer able to knead breads so I try to do the dough in my bread machine."

    Roberta L. User ID: 1638976 264435
    Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

    "I have not made this yet, and would like to know how many dough balls to make."

    duckmichelle User ID: 7095674 264401
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

    "A half a cup of sugar seems like a lot for this recipe. Is it sweet?"

    gentleenuff User ID: 1044527 264398
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

    "I add extra butter when pouring at the end, makes for great buttery flavor"

    Waynethepain User ID: 8278093 264397
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

    "I have not made this, but am wondering how it would be with whole wheat flour. Anyone know?"

    LeslieH User ID: 191346 248269
    Reviewed May. 15, 2016

    "easy to make and tasty."

    key-ko User ID: 2829787 247188
    Reviewed Apr. 17, 2016

    "I love this recipe, perfect for Sunday morning !"

    islandgirl77 User ID: 6568270 245871
    Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

    "This sounds delicious and would Love to make for Easter.. Can I prep up to the baking point, and refrigerate a couple days without baking, and bring to room temp and bake on the day needed? Hope someone reasds and comments quick Thanks"

    kacylynn User ID: 2810964 60531
    Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

    "Love this recipe, I've been making it for years! It is easy to halve and bake in a loaf pan. Also I only use 1/2-3/4 of the butter called for in the recipe. Delicious!"

    kshea User ID: 2698812 83996
    Reviewed May. 25, 2012

    "Nice texture, comes apart easily."

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