Easy Cranberry Orange Monkey Bread, or pull apart bread, is an easy semi-homemade overnight breakfast recipe! It’s made with frozen Rhodes rolls, sprinkled in orange zest and sugar, drizzled with butter, and topped with gorgeous red cranberries! A citrus orange glaze really is the icing on the cake with these easy bread recipe!
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You guys, I couldn’t be more excited to share this Easy Cranberry Orange Monkey Bread recipe with you! I’ve been experimenting and trying to create the perfect orange pull apart bread for a while now. I can promise you, this is the PERFECT orange monkey bread recipe!
There’s something magical about home-baked bread coated in sugar, drizzled in butter, and then there’s the icing! The icing seeps down into the little crevices in the monkey bread and makes it even better than you can imagine!
Easy Cranberry Orange Monkey Bread is the perfect make ahead breakfast!
So many of the monkey bread recipes I tried were either soggy, or dry. This one is neither, it’s has incredibly soft bread on the bottom and a perfectly crispy, sugary, golden brown crust on the top.
One of the versions I tried had dried craisens mixed in with the rolls and they got rehydrated while the bread was rising. Um, once they are puffed back up they lose that chewy texture and don’t taste like dried cranberries anymore. With this recipe they stay exactly how they are meant to be! For awhile, I was thinking maybe I’d have to ditch the cranberries and just make orange monkey bread. If you don’t like cranberries you can easily leave them out, but I’m telling you they are gorgeous and delicious in here!
Oh my goodness, then there’s the icing! Did I already mention the icing? It’s just right! It’s drizzling consistency, not to thick, not too thin. The orange glaze settles down in between the pieces and makes every single bite extra amazing!
What’s the best bread for making monkey bread?
If you’ve spent any time poking around the internet trying to find a monkey bread recipe you’ve probably noticed that there are lots of ways to make it. Some people use biscuits, some make their own dough from scratch. Those options are okay I guess, but I prefer using Rhodes frozen rolls.
They are EASY! What can I say? I’m a busy girl and will take any shortcut I can get, especially when it tastes just like I spent all day making it! Homemade tasting bread without the fuss? I’m in!
Biscuits make a drier monkey bread. I love the yeasty, homemade bread taste.
Tips for making monkey bread.
Thaw Rhodes rolls only until they are soft enough to cut. It should only take about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how warm the room is. At this point they won’t be too sticky yet, which makes the cutting process so much easier. Cut each roll into quarters. Kitchen shears are the very easiest way to cut the rolls. If you don’t have kitchen scissors you can use a knife.
Cover rolls with plastic wrap sprayed with baking spray while they thaw, and rise. This prevents them from drying out, and prevent the wrap from sticking to the rolls.
How do I make a small batch of monkey bread?
Most monkey bread recipes are made in a bundt pan and use about 24 rolls. This recipe is baked in a 9 x 13 baking dish and only uses 12 rolls. It’s a much better size for my family since Cranberry Orange Monkey bread, and most other monkey breads, are best served warm, right out of the oven.
This monkey bread recipe can even be made into a smaller batch. Then decrease the amount of rolls you need, and the amount of sugary mixture. Bake the bread in a smaller dish.
Does monkey bread need to be frosted?
Some monkey breads create their own glaze. You’ve probably seen the monkey breads made in a bundt pan, then turned over and they have a caramel sauce on them. Those don’t need a glaze, or icing. But then again, does anything really “need” frosting. Probably not, but it’s the icing on the cake, or monkey bread!
Cranberry Orange Monkey Bread isn’t as gooey on the bottom as some, but it’s every bit as delicious! I guess what I’m saying, is this bread deserves a little something extra!
Another benefit of making monkey bread in a baking dish instead of a bundt pan is you get more surface area to drizzle icing all over! #winning
You could up the orange game and serve this bread with orange segments and orange juice. My boys like it with milk, because we are dairy farmers and we drink milk with everything!
This recipe is one of my favorites for holiday entertaining, because it can mostly be made ahead of time. Gorgeous breads like this help make the day feel special, and guests always go crazy for it too!
It’s also an awesome weekday, or lazy weekend breakfast because it’s so easy. A breakfast like this definitely makes boring old mornings a little more exciting and worth waking up for!
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Cranberry Orange Monkey Bread
For the Monkey Bread
- 12 frozen Rhodes dinner rolls
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- orange zest from 2 oranges reserve 1 tsp. for icing
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/4 c. dried cranberries chopped
For the Glaze
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 2 T. orange juice freshly squeezed
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- dash salt
Monkey Bread Instructions
- Thaw Rhodes rolls on in a greased pan, covered with greased plastic wrap, just until soft enough to cut in pieces.
- Spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray.
- Cut rolls in quarters. The easiest way to cut them is with a pair of kitchen scissors. A knife will work if you don't have kitchen scissors. Put quartered rolls in a prepared pan.
- Mix granulated sugar and orange zest, don't forget to reserve a teaspoon for the glaze. Sprinkle half of the sugar mixture over rolls in pan, reserve the other half of the sugar mixture for later. Gently move the rolls around to allow part of the sugar mixture to coat the rolls just a little bit.
- Melt butter. Pour over rolls.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size.
- If monkey bread is in the fridge remove and let sit on the countertop for about 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is heating sprinkle remaining sugar mixture and chopped cranberries over monkey bread.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Watch it carefully and if it starts to brown too much before the middle is cooked through, cover it with aluminum foil.
- While monkey bread is baking make the glaze.
- Mix powdered sugar, orange juice, orange zest, a sprinkle of salt, and almond extract together until smooth.
- Drizzle glaze on monkey bread while it's still hot.