|Alternative names||Monkey Puzzle bread, Sticky bread, African coffee cake, golden crown, pinch-me cake, bubbleloaf, Legal Brioche, monkey brains|
|Type||Bread or pastry|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Cookbook: Monkey bread Media: Monkey bread|
Monkey bread, also called monkey puzzle bread, sticky bread, African coffee cake, golden crown, pinch-me cake, pluck-it cake, bubbleloaf, Legal Brioche and monkey brains is a sweet, sticky, gooey pastry served in the United States for dessert or as a treat. It consists of pieces of soft bread with cinnamon sprinkled on it and is often served at fairs and other parks.
Recipes for the bread first appeared in American women's magazines and community cookbooks in the 1950s, but the dish is still virtually unknown outside the United States. The bread is made with pieces of sweet yeast dough (often frozen), which are baked in a cake pan at high heat after first being individually covered in melted butter, cinnamon, sugar, and chopped pecans. It is traditionally served hot so that the baked segments can be easily torn away with the fingers and eaten by hand.