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Lemon Poppy Seed Monkey Bread

Marni Katz
A 4-ingredient pull apart bread that is super easy to put together and tastes delicious!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rise Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Breads, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 382 kcal


  • Bundt Pan


  • 24 frozen dinner rolls
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup poppy seeds
  • 3 lemons zested and juiced (separate the zest and the juice)


Rising the dough balls

  • Following the directions on the package, defrost the frozen dinner rolls. I use Rhode’s brand dinner rolls and they thaw in about 3 hours. Spread them on a parchment lined baking sheet and give them room to rise.
  • Once the dough balls have warmed up and start to rise slightly, cut them each in half.
    frozen dinner rolls rising on a sheet pan
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven preheats, spray your bundt pan LIBERALLY with nonstick baking spray.

Make the lemon sugar

  • Zest the 3 lemons and toss with one cup of sugar. Set aside.
    lemon sugar with poppy seeds on a sheet pan

Assemble the Monkey Bread

  • Mix the lemon sugar and poppy seeds together. I like to do this right on a cookie sheet so I can keep the mess contained.
  • Melt the stick of butter with the juice of two lemons in a small bowl and place the bowl on the baking sheet as well.
    dough ball being rolled in lemon sugar and poppy seeds
  • Roll each of the balls of dough in the butter lemon mixture, then in the lemon sugar and poppy seed mixture and place into the prepared bundt pan. Keep dipping in the butter and rolling in the sugar mixture until the pan is about ¾ full (no more or you’ll be cleaning your oven for hours).
    lemon poppy seed covered dough balls in a bundt pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until the top is browned.
    top of monkey bread in bundt pan
  • Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then turn out onto your serving platter and enjoy.
    monkey bread on a serving platter


Be sure to really spray the bundt pan liberally with baking spray.  The sugars can caramelize on your pan in the oven and create a real mess if you don't.
Be sure to only fill the pan up about ¾ of the way so you don't have overflow problems in your oven. 
You can easily substitute for a plant based butter in this recipe if you need it to be dairy free.


Calories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 542mgPotassium: 182mgFiber: 5gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 226mgIron: 4mg
Keyword easy brunch, frozen dinner rolls, lemon poppy seed, monkey bread, simple baking
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