Combine canned biscuits, spiced apples, and pecan praline sauce for an unbelievably easy monkey bread dessert that your family will ask for over and over--ready in under an hour!
It really doesn't get easier than this monkey bread recipe with biscuits, y'all. I'm not even gone hold you--let's get into it!
- Why You'll Love this Apple and Cinnamon Monkey Bread
- What You'll Need for this Recipe
- How to Make Pecan Praline Monkey Bread with Apple Pie Filling
- Frequently Asked Questions
- More Favorite Praline Recipes
- What other desserts can be made in a loaf pan?
- Easy Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread Loaf with Praline Sauce
And if you enjoy this recipe, you'll also love my Spiced Cranberry Apple Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce.
Why You'll Love this Apple and Cinnamon Monkey Bread
The Flavor: This is apple pie meets southern praline pull apart bread! You'll taste sweet and slightly tangy spiced apples with warming cinnamon and nutmeg plus the flavors of classic pecan pralines over buttery biscuits.
Easy Cleanup: You'll only dirty up a few dishes to make it, including a mixing bowl and a loaf pan.
No Fancy Tools: Making easy monkey bread at home doesn't require a mixer, bread machine or any specialty kitchen equipment. A list of what you need is in the printable. recipe card below.
What You'll Need for this Recipe
Granny Smith Apple is my preference for this apple pie monkey bread recipe because the tart, tangy flavor of this apple helps balance out all the rich sweetness. If you can't find Granny Smith, grab McIntosh, Pink Lady or Cortland apples instead.
Canned Biscuits make this recipe easy! Monkey bread using canned biscuits is quick and simple because you can use whichever brand you prefer. If you want to make apple cinnamon monkey bread from scratch, my flaky buttermilk biscuit recipe is a great option!
Brown Sugar coats the biscuits and apple pieces instead of granulated sugar to add more rich caramelized flavor notes and it makes an appearance in the praline sauce, too. Feel free to use dark or light brown sugar.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg provide warming sweet spice that evokes the fall flavor of apple pie. Use ground spices here and if you want or need to make your monkey bread without cinnamon, the nutmeg holds its own.
Pecans are an optional finishing touch but really enhance the praline flavor vibes so I highly recommend. You can used halved pecans or (my preference) chopped pecans.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredients list, measurements, and step-by-step instructions!
How to Make Pecan Praline Monkey Bread with Apple Pie Filling
STEP One: Start with the praline sauce: combine butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a bubbling boil then simmer.
STEP Two: Meanwhile, dice up the apple--peeling is optional--and cut the biscuits into quarters.
STEP Three: Add the apple and biscuit pieces, spices, and brown sugar to a large bowl.
STEP Four: Toss the apple and biscuit pieces in spices and brown sugar.
Step Five: Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan. I recommend using a glass loaf pan for this sticky pull apart bread recipe so you can easily see when the praline sauce is evenly distributed between the biscuit pieces.
Step Six: Pour the praline sauce over top, making sure it gets into all the nooks and crannies.
Pro tip: Don't pack the biscuits in too tightly so that they bake evenly inside and out. Otherwise, you'll have a golden brown outside and gooey, raw inside.
Step Seven: Bake until golden brown on top and cooked through. Place another pan on the rack below to catch any praline sauce drips!
Step Eight: Flip it over!
Garnish the monkey bread with more spiced apples or chopped pecans, if desired, and enjoy warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can make monkey bread up to two days ahead of time. Follow the reheating instructions below.
To reheat a loaf of monkey bread, wrap in foil and place in the oven at 250 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Reheating monkey bread in the microwave is best for individual portions: microwave for up to 30 seconds, 10 seconds at a time.
I don't recommend refrigerating monkey bread because the biscuits will harden and lose moisture that is not replaced during reheating. You can easily freeze monkey bread, though. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap then aluminum foil and it will keep in the freezer for up to three months.
Store homemade monkey bread in an airtight container for up to three days. Place a paper towel in the container to soak up excess moisture, which can cause mold.
More Favorite Praline Recipes
What other desserts can be made in a loaf pan?
Banana bread is probably the most well-known loaf pan dessert. You'll definitely want to try my Banana Nut Bread with Rum!
But you can make just about any single round layer cake recipe in loaf form. One of my family's favorites is Pineapple Upside Down Cake in a Loaf Pan.
Lastly, you can make more than just baked goods in loaf pans. In fact, I usually make my no-churn ice creams in loaf pan. Check out my Black Sesame Ice Cream and everybody loves my Simple Strawberry Nice Cream--both are dairy free, if that's your thing.
I hope you'll enjoy this praline monkey bread soon and very soon--it's perfect for fall but can be enjoyed all year long. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this easy monkey bread loaf recipe for later and follow me over on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
Easy Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread Loaf with Praline Sauce
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 kitchen spoon or silicone spatula
- 1 cutting board
- 1 knife
- 1 loaf pan
- ¾ cup butter
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 16 canned biscuits
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅓ cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. To make the praline sauce: melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in heavy cream and ¾ cup brown sugar until sugar sugar is dissolved and mixture is uniform.
- Bring mixture to a bubbling boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened.
- Meanwhile, cut the biscuits into quarters and peel and dice the apples.
- Add biscuit and apple pieces to a large mixing bowl or container and toss in remaining ¼ cup of brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until all pieces are evenly coated.
- Transfer biscuit and apple pieces to a loaf pan. Pour praline sauce all over top and use a spoon or butter knife, if necessary to move the biscuit pieces around so that the sauce gets distributed between each piece and all the way to the bottom.
- Place the loaf pan on the center oven rack with a sheet pan on the rack below to catch any drips. Bake for about 45 minutes or until deep golden brown on the outside and cooked through on the inside.
- Allow monkey bread to cool for about 20 minutes then invert onto a plate. Garnish with pecans and serve warm.