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This recipe is known by a few names... monkey bread or pull aparts but my favorite name for them is pluckets. This would be a perfect addition to a brunch, wouldn't it be fun to let your guests 'pluck at them'?
I'm sure this recipe can be found in many cook books. This one I found in the Christian Home Cook Book (I made slight changes). You could use any sweet yeast dough or even plain old bun dough although I really prefer the light texture of this dough.
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup scalded milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 4 1/2 cups flour, approximately
  1. Scald milk. Add butter, sugar, salt, and I added the 1/4 cup lukewarm water here as well (I use instant yeast so I don't need the water to proof the yeast) to the milk and allow to cool to lukewarm. 
  2. Add well beaten eggs and mix well.
  3. Now add the yeast and just enough flour to make a very stiff batter. It will be sticky.
  4. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, punch down and let rise again.
Meanwhile prepare the sugar/cinnamon mixture:
  • 3/4 cup sugar, white or brown
  • 3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts I used pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter
  1. Mix first three ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Melt 1/4 cup butter and set aside. 
  3. Once dough has risen the second time punch down and pluck walnut sized pieces of dough and roll into balls, making sure your hands are greased with butter. Dip the balls of dough in melted butter and then roll in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. At the end I had a bit of the dipping mixture and melted butter leftover so I just put that over the top of the pluckets.
  4. Pile loosely in an ungreased angel food pan and let rise again for 30 minutes.
  5. Bake in a 350ยบ oven for 35 minutes, then immediately flip pan upside down on a plate. Wait a few moments and the pan will be easy to remove.
  6. Serve warm.


  1. I love this. And, I picked up the perfect pottery baking dish for it at a second hand shop.

  2. My 16 year old son just asked me to make these last week. I have never made them, so I am looking forward to trying them out this weekend! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  3. Yum. The other day I found a blog that pictured a yummy savory version of our old Monkey Bread standby. It had garlic and other savory herbs along with Parmesan cheese. We used to make Monkey Bread when our girls were little. mmmmm...goodness

  4. Way back in the '70's we called this "bubble bread." Thanks for the recipe!

  5. hey betty this looks know what my great aunt made pluckets out of.....a recipe similar to your peppernut buns....hey now that is an idea...i haven't thought about those in years......

    lovella, nice change to the blog layout, i like it.

  6. My mom used to make this for us ALL THE TIME when we were kids! Thanks for the recipe. Yum! Jenn

  7. oh wow ~ this looks super yummy!

  8. Do you know how long I have waited for a really good monkey bread recipe!!!
    Going to copy this.
    Can you print your recipes?
    Oh how I would love to print off many of your recipes!
    I sure wish I wasn't watching my calories right now!

  9. I use the quick cheat method of frozen rolls. .but I must say. . your pluckets look absolutely wonderful and I think I'll whip up a batch from scratch.

  10. Betty, I sure would love to come over for coffee at your house.

  11. I often put raisins in the middle of the dough ball and in between the balls as well, instead of nuts.

  12. For a carmel taste add 1/2 the amount of sugar and add a small box of instant butterscotch pudding mix.

  13. I have had this kind of buns and will have to try making them myself.The look yummy.

  14. How fun! That is a new name to me. Looks yummers! I think one day I will have to try these out. Kathy

  15. thanks
    looks great and simple
    any extra hummus recipes???

  16. My mom called this 'Monkey Nuts!', so delicious..

  17. Hey..I love the title. I had never even heard of the term 'monkey bread' until recently. I much much much prefer 'pluckets'. This looks super!

  18. This plcuket looks so good. I'm going to have to give it a try. I have done it with Rhodes rolls, but I'm sure homemade is much better!

  19. I much much prefer the name "pluckets". And boy do I enjoying eating these. I have never made these (there's only the 2 of us) but have enjoyed them elsewhere.

    I really need to adopt me a family!

  20. oh tis is cool~ gonna have give to give this one a try

  21. What a great old recipe...I recall putting melted butter and B.sugar and cinnamon in the bottom of the pan too creating a nice runny syrup after inverting it on a serving decadent..Trudy

  22. Can I let it rise overnight? In. Cool room or in the fridge?

    1. I haven't let it rise overnight but I can't see why it wouldn't work as long as you place it in a cool place to slow down the rising time.

  23. My mom made these when I was a kid. Yummy memories!