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!
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…
I 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 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!)
Berry Monkey Bread Recipe
An easy recipe that only use a few 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)
- 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)
- Sprinkle half the berries on top.
- If desired, press dollups of cream cheese into the dough and berries and sprinkle with fresh basil.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Check on it to make sure it doesn't burn.
- Let it rest briefly, then turn it over and out. Drizzle with the orange spread included in the orange roll cans.
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!
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.