Cardamom and Cinnamon Infused Rosemary Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is a delightful, pull-apart pastry for sharing with family and friends. In today’s recipe, we feature a cardamom and cinnamon-infused bread recipe with a hint of rosemary and take the classic monkey bread to a new level. Ready to create a sweet and aromatic treat perfect for any occasion? Let’s get baking. 

Cardamom and Cinnamon Infused Rosemary Monkey Bread: Ingredients

For the Bread:

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary (finely chopped)

For the Coating:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Cardamom and Cinnamon Infused Rosemary Monkey Bread: Instructions

Spruce up a deliciously herbed bread with these quick tips:

Step 1: Start by making the bread dough 

In a large bowl, combine warm milk and yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it’s frothy.

Step 2: Mix with yeast

Add the sugar, melted butter, eggs, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and rosemary to the yeast mixture. Mix well.

Step 3: Kneed

Gradually add the flour and knead until you have a smooth, elastic dough. Place it in a greased bowl, cover it with a cloth, and let it rise for about 1 hour until it’s doubled in size.

Step 4: Prepare the coating solution

While the dough is rising, mix the coating ingredients in a separate bowl.

Step 5: Coat the dough 

Once the dough has doubled, punch it down and divide it into small, evenly-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Next, dip each dough ball into the melted butter and roll them into the sugar and spice mixture.

Step 6: Let the dough rise

Place the coated dough balls in a greased bundt pan. Let it ride a second time for 15-20 minutes. Next, pour the remaining sugar and spice mixture over the top to create a moist, delicious topping. 

Step 7: Bake your herbed bread 

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake the monkey bread for 30-35 minutes until it’s golden brown and cooked. Allow the bread to cool for a few minutes before flipping it out of the pan onto a serving plate.

Pro tip: Ensure you don’t skip the step of pouring the melted butter and the sugar and spice mixture on the dough balls as it’s what creates the delicious, caramelized exterior.

Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices

Cardamom can help soothe stomach issues, while cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, and may help lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. 

On the other hand, rosemary has been associated with enhanced memory and concentration, as well as preventing allergies and congestion. 

What to Eat With Your Cardamom and Cinnamon Rosemary Monkey Bread

Pair this aromatic monkey bread with a hot cup of coffee or tea for a delightful breakfast or snack. You can also serve it with vanilla ice cream for a sweet dessert.

A Word on Baking Cardamom and Cinnamon Rosemary Monkey Bread

The enticing aroma of cardamom, the warmth of cinnamon, and the earthy touch of rosemary make this pull-apart bread both comforting and yummy. Plus, you get the bonus of potential health benefits from these aromatic spices. 

For the best flavor, use fresh spices and give the dough enough time to rise until it’s doubled in size for the perfect texture. Serve it up with your favorite hot beverage, and enjoy!


  • Teri Ohalo

    My blog covers a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from the intricacies of gardening to the secrets of herbs and spices. From the art of homesteading to the healing power of natural medicine, all intertwined with the overarching theme of promoting healthy and sustainable living.

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