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Berry Monkey Bread Recipe

This berry monkey bread recipe is incredibly easy, and super delicious. Using cinnamon rolls, this pull apart bread goes together in a short time! Now mom can get back to her coffee!

Berry Monkey bread recipe in only 3 ingredients. Easy!

Berries are in season!  And when berries are in season, we use them in everything.   Okay, maybe not everything.  But we use them a lot.  Because we know we aren’t going to be willing to pay the big bucks for them when winter arrives.  And since winter here in Minnesota lasts about 9 months…we have a very limited time to enjoy the low prices of berries.

So now is the time to use them!!!

So often, in berry season, I walk into my local bakery and find them using berries in EVERYTHING. It smells so good and always inspires me to get home and try to create a tasty treat, myself. This recipe was born from one of those trips to my bakery. That day they had made some version of their cinnamon rolls, packed the dough full of fresh strawberries, baked it in a bundt pan, and drizzled it with cream cheese icing. I know!!?! I detoured to the grocer and picked up supplies to try my own version…

rollsI took some cans of purchased orange bread, beautiful fresh berries, and a bundt pan, and created this tasty dish with less than 5 minutes of prep. I’m sure that very little beats the smell of taste of homemade cinnamon rolls but, these surely do come close! This bread has the same freshness from the berries, that lovely drizzle of sweet icing (see my note in the recipe for amping up the icing!), and comforting sweet bread.It’s a winner!

berry monkey bread

Berry monkey bread is my go-to when people come over unexpectedly (or hey…expected :)) in the morning. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand, and often I have some version of them already available. I have found that frozen berries unthawed to room temperature, while not as good as fresh, are a good substitute and much easier to keep on hand! are a   And, because of how easy it is, this bread has made its way into our Lazy Baker Recipes! (Check out these recipes that will make your days easier!)

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Berry Monkey Bread Recipe

An easy recipe that only use a few ingredients!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cans refrigerated purchased orange rolls (we used Pillsbury Orange Rolls)
  • 2 pints berries
  • 3 oz softened cream cheese optional
  • basil optional (about 3 tablespoons)

Instructions

  1. Cut up the orange rolls and scatter half of them on the bottom of a greased bunt pan. (we use this one... Nordic Ware Bundt Pan)
  2. Sprinkle half the berries on top.
  3. Repeat.
  4. If desired, press dollups of cream cheese into the dough and berries and sprinkle with fresh basil.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Check on it to make sure it doesn't burn.
  6. Let it rest briefly, then turn it over and out. Drizzle with the orange spread included in the orange roll cans.

Recipe Notes

Sometimes I use an additional 3 oz of the cream cheese and beat it in with the orange sauce that comes with the rolls to create a yummy orange cream cheese icing. Delicious!

Click here for video tutorial.

Other fast and easy bread recipes that are must try’s are Parmesan Ranch Pull-Apart bread  and  Cinnamon Rolls baked in Oranges.

If you have never tried your hand at old-fashioned bread making I recommend taking an afternoon with your family and giving it a try. I have my basic bread recipe with tips and tricks for beginners found HERE. There is something so satisfying about baking a loaf of bread. And the smell when it bakes? Amazing! 

Let’s face it, folks, most of us aren’t going to have time to bake bread often. For us, this Berry Monkey bread is perfect! Semi-homemade, easy, with fresh berries to look fancy, and utterly delicious! You’ll be making this for brunch again and again. 

These tips and tricks for making homemade bread will give you the confidence to try your first few batches and realize how easy and fun it can be!parmesean and ranch pull-apart bread copy This cranberry walnut banana bread is a simple one-bowl bread .

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19 Comments

    • Nellie
      Author
      March 8, 2016 / 10:59 am

      Me too! They make life easier!

  1. Rachel
    July 31, 2015 / 8:07 am

    The reason I read your blog is because you are real, plus I get your self-depracating humor:) You aren’t trying to present yourselves as experts, just ordinary women who like to put spice (no pun intended, ha) into life by not taking yourselves too seriously. Please don’t become too professional or I’ll wonder what happened to my friends!

    • Nellie
      Author
      August 4, 2015 / 9:44 am

      No worries. I keep trying to take myself more seriously and not quite succeeding. When you make cake for a living it’s hard to feel to professional :). I like it though. And I like you.

  2. Kylie
    November 5, 2014 / 11:39 am

    Can I make this with frozen berries?

    • November 5, 2014 / 12:06 pm

      We haven’t tried it, but we actually think that it will taste even better with frozen berries. Let us know how it turns out!

  3. September 12, 2014 / 11:17 am

    Ok Janel. Feeling a little dumb! How is it I didn’t know you had a blog?! These recipes look amazing! Can’t wait to spend some time bopping around your site! Thought you just did web design and had a blog about that. Don’t know how I missed this! Glad I found you!

    • Nellie
      Author
      September 13, 2014 / 11:28 am

      That’s okay, it happens :). Yes, our blog is our primary activity. The web design has become an off-shoot of that. I’m glad you found us though :)

  4. August 27, 2014 / 10:46 am

    Looks almost too good to eat, but I’d eat it! Love the fun in the kitchen! You girls rock :)

  5. Becky Jo
    August 27, 2014 / 2:34 am

    I can’t wait to make this!!!! I thought the video was great fun. But maybe Lanet could kneel.

  6. Kathy
    August 26, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    I rarely leave comments, just repin if I like them. This recipe looks good, but you two look like idiots in the kitchen. I felt compelled to write since you offer advice here on your site and you don’t even follow your own advice. Not only do you not follow your own advice, the advice you give is condesending. To start you should close up on all of your ingredients, your baking pan, and verbalize the degrees you are setting your oven to so it can preheat while you are assembling your product. You should then follow the package directions to open the biscuts, not stand and wrestle with them. That involves completely peeling off the outside paper and using a spoon for pressure on the seam and they will open right up. You are opening yourself up to a lawsuit by Philsbury by not following their very simple package instructions. You should spray the baking pan or grease it. You should then cut the biscuits in half or quarters and one person assemble while the other does the ingredients preparation. You should not stand there and wrestle the biscuits to pull them apart. You should then pause and do a close up of the neatly assembled product, not run the pan back to the camera and display a mess in the pan. There is no need to talk endlessly, just state the directions as you do them. You did not include the cream cheese in your listed ingredients. You also gave vague written instructions . You then pan the camera back out and finish assembly being sure to show the ending assembled product. This only involves pausing the camera. You then put the product in the oven sharing the degrees and how long to bake. You then pause again until its time to remove from the oven and show baked product. You then pause again while it rests, then start and show you inverting on a plate to remove from baking pan. You then icing the finished product, show again and saying something clever, like “It’s this easy”.
    Your finished product will then look professional and you will avoid a lawsuit. I can not believe you previewed this tutorial and aired it since it would not follow your own advice here on you own blog. It’s pitiful. A first I thought bless their hearts they don’t know any better, this is their first video tutorial. Then I read all the condescending helps you wrote for newbies and just about died from laughter. Anyway….. Good luck. And my grandma always rolled her biscuits in a cinnamon and sugar mixture before putting them in the pan. She also used a few pats of butter for a richer flavor. Try this next time and I’m sure you’ll love it. Now don’t you want to take this down and do it better?? Good luck once again because I feel you’ll need it.

    • Nellie
      Author
      August 26, 2014 / 2:01 pm

      Wow. Thank you for taking the time to leave this comment. We don’t claim to be experts. Just everyday people. And, we were not paid in anyway by Pillsbury. So, lawsuits are not a problem. But, thanks for the heads up. We will have to keep those kinds of details in mind. We are certainly not experts in videography and are working to continue getting better. And, better at what we do. Thank you for the feedback and advice…we appreciate it!

      • Anonymous
        August 26, 2014 / 11:26 pm

        Just a heads up on the fact that you do not have to be paid by Phillsbury to be sued. Quite the opposite. You are showing their product in a bad light by not opening it properly, and acting like it is a nightmare to get through the packaging on their product in order to use it. Phillsbury packaging is very easy to get in to. You are making it look so difficult, so you are presenting Phillsbury in a bad way. In your next video remove the outer skin of the tube with the product information on it and write “Buttermilk Biscuts” with a magic marker on the outside of the package. Or you could get written permission from Phillsbury to use their product in your video and they will probably give you free biscuits to do it. If the video is good enough they may even put it on their website. Now wouldn’t that be something?
        I really would like to see you be successful. We can empower each other by sharing knowledge and supporting each other. However, there is nothing to be gained by you being condescending to “newbies” on your blog. In a way you are claiming to be experts by posting advice on your blog. Think about that. You can go to hundreds of blogs and you will never see other blogs posting advice the way you have. By doing that simple act you are claiming to be more knowledgeable. As far as the videography, the instruction given to you any dad in the world knows from filming Christmas morning or a day at the beach. It is not difficult. It is basic principles of photography.
        I looked for a “contact us” link on your blog to contact you privately because it is not my intention to make you look bad. For that reason you can erase all this if you want to. I think that through networking we can share knowledge and empower each other woman to woman. I want you to succeed by putting your best foot forward and avoiding lawsuits whenever possible. Good luck and many blessings for the future.

        • Nellie
          Author
          August 29, 2014 / 12:26 pm

          Again, thank you for the comment. You are right…the contact us is difficult to find. We hadn’t gotten that put back on in an easy to find place after restructuring the site. We will do that right away.Thank you for the head’s up! We are most concerned about being condescending to “newbies”. We certainly don’t mean to come across that way, at all. On this post we certainly don’t see that but perhaps we are just blind to it. We will be careful to watch that and hopefully pick up on what you are seeing. We apologize for ever being anything but gracious and helpful.

      • Vyan
        August 27, 2014 / 1:22 am

        Hi Nellie and Bellie
        Thank you for not making every video perfect – I appreciate that so much. It makes me feel that even I could possibly do what you do in the kitchen!
        Keep up the good work.
        Vyan

  7. Mary Rohrer
    June 26, 2014 / 10:37 am

    I love these ideas. I’m going to make this plus cheese bread.

  8. Kate
    June 7, 2014 / 10:45 am

    This recipe was amazing! I made it this morning with strawberries and blueberries. Delicious!

  9. May 26, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    This looks so yummy! Love the fruit idea!

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