Walnut & Sultana Monkey Bread

Prep time: 20 mins + 1 hr rising time
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves 6

What you’ll need…

1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) whole milk, warmed to about 110°F (43°C)

2.5 tsp instant yeast

1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1/3 cup (5 Tbsp; 70g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

1 teaspoon salt

5 cups (625g) all-purpose flour 


3/4 cup (12 Tbsp; 170g) unsalted butter, divided

1 and 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

2/3 cup (130g) packed light or dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup Sunbeam walnuts chopped 

½ cup Sunbeam sultanas


1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugar

3 Tablespoons (45ml) whole milk

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup Sunbeam walnuts chopped and toasted


  1. Prepare the dough: The dough comes together with a mixer. You can also make the dough by hand, but it requires a bit of arm muscle. After the dough comes together in the mixing bowl, it’s time to knead. You can simply continue beating the dough with the mixer for this step or you can knead the dough by hand.
  2. Let the dough rise: The dough rises in about 1-2 hours in a relatively warm environment.
  3. Punch down the dough: Punch down the dough to release the air.
  4. Shape & coat dough balls: Pull off little pieces of dough and roll into balls. Dunk the balls into melted butter, then coat with cinnamon sugar. Little bakers love to help out with this step! Good thing to note: the heavier the cinnamon-sugar coating, the more these little monkey bread bites will taste like gooey cinnamon rolls.
  5. Let the shaped monkey bread rest for 20 minutes: Arrange the coated balls in a flat oven proof pan or a cast iron pan, cover lightly, then set aside to rest as you preheat the oven. The balls will slightly rise during this time.
  6. Top with buttery brown sugar sauce: Before baking the monkey bread, mix melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract together. Stir in the nuts. Pour any remaining sauce sauce all over the dough balls.
  7. Bake: Bake until the top is lightly browned, about 40 minutes.
  8. Invert onto serving plate: Allow the monkey bread to cool for 5-10 minutes, then invert it onto a serving plate.
  9. Drizzle with vanilla icing: Whisk confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract together until smooth. Drizzle all over the warm monkey bread. Top with extra nuts