Orange Roll Monkey Bread

Orange Roll Monkey Bread is an easy and delicious twist on a family favorite recipe. It’s so simple to transform refrigerated Orange Cinnamon rolls in to a sweet and gooey pull apart bread. This is a great Christmas morning breakfast and easy enough to make the night before as well!

Orange Roll Monkey Bread is an easy and delicious twist on a family favorite recipe. It's so simple to transform refrigerated Orange Cinnamon rolls in to a sweet and gooey pull apart bread. This is a great Christmas morning breakfast and easy enough to make the night before as well!

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Did someone say Christmas Morning?! Outside of some illness that is working it’s way through our home, we’re in full-on Christmas mode. The tree is up and A had an awesome time decorating it. We introduced our girls to the old Rudolph movie and I picked up the most adorable manger made with Peg People so A can play with it and I won’t have to worry about her breaking the special one that belonged to J’s Nanou.

Orange Roll Monkey Bread is an easy and delicious twist on a family favorite recipe. It's so simple to transform refrigerated Orange Cinnamon rolls in to a sweet and gooey pull apart bread. This is a great Christmas morning breakfast and easy enough to make the night before as well!

As I’ve mentioned before, I never really did anything big in terms of food on Christmas morning until I joined J’s family. The Freimann’s don’t mess around when it comes to breakfast and I love that about them us. A big, hearty Christmas breakfast is one of the traditions from his side that we’ve made a point to hold onto.

That’s not to say we were left to fend for ourselves on Christmas morning on my side of the family or anything like that. My mom usually had something sweet and delicious ready like my Grandma Eve’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake (I’ll be sharing that soon and you’ll be happy I did!) or Monkey Bread and a plate of fresh fruit.

Orange Roll Monkey Bread is an easy and delicious twist on a family favorite recipe. It's so simple to transform refrigerated Orange Cinnamon rolls in to a sweet and gooey pull apart bread. This is a great Christmas morning breakfast and easy enough to make the night before as well!

Monkey Bread is a favorite in many American families, both for it’s easy preparation and it’s ooey-gooey cinnamon-sugary goodness! Made with cut up refrigerated biscuits, you can reach in and pull each sticky delicious piece apart which makes it fun for kids.

So one day I was daydreaming of food, as you do (or as I do anyway) and I was thinking about the various refrigerated dough/biscuits/cinnamon roll standbys that are out there. More specifically, I was thinking about my husband’s penchant for Pillsbury™ Orange Rolls with Orange Icing (please note, this is not a sponsored post, I just really like this product!).

Orange Roll Monkey Bread is an easy and delicious twist on a family favorite recipe. It's so simple to transform refrigerated Orange Cinnamon rolls in to a sweet and gooey pull apart bread. This is a great Christmas morning breakfast and easy enough to make the night before as well!

Though I tend to be more of a cinnamon roll kind of gal, I’m not one to turn down an orange roll. Throwing a can of those puppies in the oven became a quick and easy way to let this man know I love him, particularly in the early part of our relationship when we rarely woke before 10am on a non-work day (and I’m not even talking about the very beginning when we both worked at a restaurant and spent many nights living it up until dawn in NYC- waking before noon was unheard of in those days!).

Back to my food-filled daydreams, it was at that moment that it occurred to me: why not use Orange Rolls to make Monkey Bread?! I mean, what usually happens when great things combine forces? The answer is usually great things. This case was no exception.

Orange Roll Monkey Bread is an easy and delicious twist on a family favorite recipe. It's so simple to transform refrigerated Orange Cinnamon rolls in to a sweet and gooey pull apart bread. This is a great Christmas morning breakfast and easy enough to make the night before as well!

You still have the same ooey-gooey goodness, but with the most delicious and distinct orange flavor. If you want, you can probably even throw this together the night before, although it’s so quick and easy to make, there’s really no need. Speaking of flavor, I think the addition of the orange zest and the fresh squeezed juice really elevates this and makes it taste extra special, as any good Christmas morning food should!

I did my first test run of this the night before Thanksgiving. Once that deliciously-orange smell started making it’s way around the house, suddenly everyone was popping over to see what had just come out of the oven. Needless to say, we all dove in with zero shame (can I say once again, thank God I joined a family who also loves eating as much as I do!).

Orange Roll Monkey Bread is an easy and delicious twist on a family favorite recipe. It's so simple to transform refrigerated Orange Cinnamon rolls in to a sweet and gooey pull apart bread. This is a great Christmas morning breakfast and easy enough to make the night before as well!

The great thing is, this is versatile enough to serve as the primary component for a light breakfast or among many delicious dishes if you’re planning a more grand brunch with family. But remember, it doesn’t have to be celebratory. If you make this on a random Saturday morning (or Wednesday night, like I did!) it will still be just as delicious and your day will likely still feel pretty celebratory!

Other great Christmas Morning options:

Grandma Hinz’s Apple Pancakes

Egg Stuffed Bread

Sweet Potato and Chorizo Hash

Yields 6-8 servings

Orange Roll Monkey Bread

Orange Roll Monkey Bread is an easy and delicious twist on a family favorite recipe. It's so simple to transform refrigerated Orange Cinnamon rolls in to a sweet and gooey pull apart bread. This is a great Christmas morning breakfast and easy enough to make the night before as well!

10 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • The zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cans of refrigerated Pillsbury™ Orange Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (use the orange you just zested and roll it before cutting to release more juices)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray your bundt pan with cooking spray
  2. In a plastic bag combine your granulated sugar, cinnamon and orange zest. Shake until well combined (I also used my fingers to break up and evenly distribute the orange zest).
  3. In a seperate bowl cimbine your butter, brown sugar and orange juice until fully combined. Set aside.
  4. Cut each orange roll into quarters and lightly roll each quarter so that it doesn't fall apart.
  5. Place all your orange roll pieces into your bag with the sugar mixture. Seal it well and shake until each piece of dough is fully coated in the sugar mixture.
  6. Place the entire contents of the bag into your prepared bundt pan.
  7. Pour your butter mixture evenly over the contents of the bundt pan. It will look too liqiudy but it's not- the dough with absorb all that delicious buttery mixture.
  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Allow it to cool for around 10-15 minutes and then Turn it onto a plate and enjoy!
Cuisine: Holiday, Christmas, Sweet, Easy | Recipe Type: Breakfast, dessert

Notes

Freshly squeezed orange juice is best. This can be made the night before. If you want it to be extra sweet you can drizzle the orange icing over the top once you've plated the Monkey Bread- I find that it doesn't need it. Instead, I opted to stir a little bit of the icing into my coffee!

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10 Comments

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    Taylor
    December 5, 2016 at 10:42 am I've never had an orange roll before but this looks so delicious! My family's Christmas morning routine is baking Pillsbury cinnamon rolls after we open presents - it's the one time of year I let myself indulge in such a sugary breakfast but the traditions make it worth it haha
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm Thank you- that sounds similar to my family's routine growing up!
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    Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery
    December 5, 2016 at 10:46 am Confession: when I saw the top photo, I thought this was some kind of strange ring of Chinese Orange Chicken, hahaha! Orange rolls sound SO much better! I've never actually heard of orange rolls, though I can imagine exactly what they taste like - a nice change from the expected cinnamon roll. These look like a perfect Christmas breakfast. :)
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 5, 2016 at 12:14 pm Bahahaha that's awesome!I mean, I would totally eat a ring of Orange Chicken as well but I think I'd opt for monkey bread!
  • Reply
    Dannii
    December 5, 2016 at 11:04 am I have never heard of monkey bread before, but anything with orange in it gets the thumbs up from me.
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm Give it a try- it's dangerously addictive!
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    Sandi (@fearless_dining)
    December 5, 2016 at 11:13 am This looks like an incredible idea for breakfast...love that sticky gooey sweetness.
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm Nothing like a good glaze :)
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    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    December 5, 2016 at 11:44 am OMG you had me at that awesome glaze!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm Nothing like a good glaze :)

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