Hi Love, Pasta, and a Tool Belt readers! My name is Jessica and I’m so excited to be here sharing my recipe for Hawaiian Island Monkey Bread. Like, if you were sitting with me I would be squealing with delight 🙂 I blog over at Together as Family. I love cooking, baking, recipe finding, recipe hoarding, and experimenting; so that is usually where you will find me, in the kitchen. I have 3 little kids; 5, 3, 1 and they, along with my husband, LOVE to eat (and me too, of course). They are the best taste testers. I always know when they love something because they tell me, “mom, you should put this on our blog”. My very favorite thing in the whole wide world is sitting down with my family at the dinner table, or breakfast, or a snack…. basically, anytime I can get us all together and eating, that is the best! I love food because it brings everyone together. Be sure and come visit us because I am always posting delicious food that will be great to gather your own family around for.
I love bread. I feel like I am always drawn to the carb loaded bread recipes. Like this one. I came across this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine ‘Most Requested Recipes’. I made a few changes from the original and I am telling you that it is really, really yummy. Like so yummy that before I realized it, I had eaten way too much! I won’t admit how much. It may look complicated, but I promise you, it’s easy. I even had two of my kids help me make this. I also love this because I am so not good at yeast dough recipes. It is one thing I am really trying hard to learn how to master. This recipe uses the convenient frozen bread rolls so there is no stressing or worrying about if your bread will rise or if everything went absolutely perfect for your dough to work out 🙂
I’ve never been to Hawaii, an Island, or anything tropical like that. The closest place I’ve been to an ‘Island Paradise’ would be a Las Vegas Pool! You know, the fun and tropical pools that are at all the hotels there. Yeah, so maybe one day, but until then I will just snack on this Island bread, because I am pretty sure this is what an Island Paradise vacay would taste like; coconut, pineapple, macadamia nuts!
If you’re visual, like I am, here are the ingredients. Easy, right? There are only 7 items you need! This monkey bread is so simple. You layer frozen dough in the bottom of a bundt pan, layer with a sugar-dry pudding mix, pineapple, butter chunks, and macadamia nuts. Let it sit in the fridge all night so that the dough can thaw, and then in the morning you pull it out, let it come to room temperature (it will rise as it does so) and ta-da! it’s ready for the oven.
I am not sure if this would be considered a breakfast food/treat, a snack, a dessert, lunch maybe….. but, regardless, I would eat this for any meal, any time of day!
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes
- 1 package (3.4 oz) cook n’ serve coconut cream pudding mix
- 20 frozen bread dough dinner rolls (like Rhodes)
- 1 can (20 oz) pineapple tidbits, drained well
- 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cubed
- In small bowl, mix together brown sugar, coconut flakes, and dry pudding mix. Set aside.
- Grease a 10-inch bundt pan with cooking spray. Lay 10 frozen rolls in the bottom. Sprinkle half of the dry pudding sugar mix over the rolls, then layer with half of the pineapple tidbits, half of the macadamia nuts, and half of the butter cubes. Repeat layers one more time.
- Cover with saran wrap (I suggest spraying the side that will touch the rolls with cooking spray) and put in the fridge overnight.
- Remove pan from refrigerator about 1 1/2 hours before serving. Let rise in a warm spot until the rolls have risen to the top of the bundt pan.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 35-40 minutes (mine were done at 38 minutes). Place a piece of tin foil, very loosely, over the top of the bundt pan for the last 15 minutes of cooking so that the rolls do not burn.
- Let cool in bundt pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
So, if you’re anything like me and DREAMING of a tropical Island vacation this summer, make this bread and you will totally feel like you’re there! Be sure to come visit me over at Together as Family, like us on Facebook & be sure to follow on Pinterest for tons of yummy ideas, and on Instagram where you can follow along in our family adventures and yummy food too! We would love to have you all!
Have a happy day friends! Thank you so much for having me Emily & Love, Pasta, and a Tool Belt readers!