Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen: Monkey Bread

Two weeks ago when I posted our first Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen post I had one person link up.  Suzanne over at My Buddies and I posted about the great refrigerator dough that she makes with her buddies to make rolls and yummy monkey bread. I knew I was going to have to make monkey bread soon. I've always wanted to try it. What better time to make monkey bread than when we are learning about the rainforest while reading the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry and learning about the animals that live there, monkeys included. So last week we made monkey bread.
First we gathered the ingredients...

...while Tabitha read them off the recipe card for us.
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups hot water
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
1/2 cup cooking oil
7 cups flour

She had a little trouble understanding the 1/2 was the same as 1 over 2 equaling a half.

Then we added the ingredients. For the complete directions head on over to My Buddies and I.

And I taught the girls how to knead the dough.

Then we let it rise. As it got to late, we just put it in the refrigerator to sit for the night. We made the monkey bread the next day.

Here are the directions straight from My Buddies and I
Prepare your pan by greasing it and dropping about 3 tsps of butter on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle a few tbsps of brown sugar on top of that. Melt about 1/4 to 1/3 cups of butter in a bowl in the microwave. In another bowl take about 3/4 cup of brown sugar and add about a tsp of cinnamon and mix.
Now, take your dough, and cut it into little bits, about the size of big marbles. Kids love rolling these balls, dipping them into the butter, then the sugar mix and dropping them in the pan. They don't have to be perfect, either and they will taste great! 
  We had a little assembly line going. I gave them bits of dough, Tabitha put it in the melted butter and Amelia rolled it in the cinnamon sugar and placed it in the pan.

When the pan is about one third to one half full, pour any left over melted butter and sugar on the top. Then let rise until doubled in size. It takes a couple of hours. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for about 20 minutes. The top will be golden brown. Flip the pan over onto a plate and let the monkey bread release.

Once again I had some proud little girls. Oh, and the monkey bread did not last long at all. Yummy. We have plans to make it again soon. I definitely recommend this recipe.

Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?
I'd love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. I'm thinking of making this a weekly link up (still thinking). 

I am linking up to:

Chestnut Grove Academy

And here is my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky


  1. I have a 13 year old who LOVES being in the kitchen. This week she made us Halloween cookies & cupcakes. I think for Christmas she is getting a new apron. She's my little Betty Crocker! I've never made Monkey Bread but that looks yummy :)

  2. That looks so YUMMY!! Thanks for linking up with us!! Does it have to be a recent kids in the kitchen post? If not, I'll have to find one and link up with you too!

  3. Thanks for linking up with us at Brag Time Thursdays! We love monkey bread here too! I will have to take some photos in the kitchen and come link up with you soon!

  4. The Girls did a great job. The bread looks so yummy. We will try it this weekend ;-)

  5. So fun to see these photos of your little ones WITH you in the kitchen and the results look really yummy!
    Thanks for sharing with NOBH...
    ~Kara @ The Chuppies

  6. YUMMY! That looks delicious! Thanks for linking up with TGIF Linky Party, don't forget to grab our button or a link back so others can find the party & share their great ideas too! I look forward to seeing more from you.
    Beth =-)

  7. Just found this at TGIF LInky Party. I am going to make these this month!

  8. What a great experience to have! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

  9. Thanks for linking up! I featured your project on this weeks Make It Monday Linky Party! Congrats!!


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