Monkey making Monkey Bread

My sweet monkey had so much fun on her birthday party!  And one of her gifts, from her awesome aunt, was The Disney Princess Cookbook! It is a darling book and very easy to follow.  Our first recipe to try was Abu’s Monkey Bread!  So fun and she did so great!  I’m so proud of my little chef!  She is really having fun in the kitchen with me and it is so wonderful to have something to bond over!  I highly recommend this cookbook for your own little princess.  I would also love to find more kid friendly cookbooks, so let me know if you find some good ones!

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I’d say she did pretty dang good!!!  It did not last long!

Here’s the recipe so you can give it a try with your little one!

Abu’s Monkey Bread

(As written from the cookbook except my own notes in parenthesis)

Ingredients

3 Cups Flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cold butter (We used softened)

1 1/4 Cups milk

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup White sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

6 Tablespoons Butter, melted

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 375°.  Generously grease a nonstick fluted tube pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  With a table knife, cut the butter into small pieces.  Use your fingertips to pinch the butter into the flour mixture until the lumps of butter are about the size of peas.  (We used a pastry cutter)  Then stir in the milk.
  3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5 seconds.  Pull off pieces of the dough and shape them into 2 1/2 to 3 dozen golf ball-size pieces.
  4. Mix the brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  5. One at a time, dip the dough balls into the melted butter, roll them in the sugar mixture, and place them in the prepared pan.  Stack the balls on top of one another until the pan is full.
  6. Ask an adult to help you at the oven.  Bake the monkey bread for 20 to 25 minutes.  You can tell if the bread is ready by sticking a toothpick into it.  If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done baking.  Set the bread aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  7. Use a small spatula to gently loosen the bread from the sides of the pan.  Now it’s time to turn the monkey bread out of the pan.  Be sure to ask an adult for help with this step!  First place a serving dish face down on top of the fluted tube pan.  Next, hold the dish and pan together securely, and flip them over.  Slowly lift the pan off the plate and release the monkey bread.
  8. Let the bread cool slightly. Then pull pieces from it and enjoy!

 

I am an avid believer in getting kids cooking in the kitchen!  I hope you are inspired by this and take action to let your little ones get their hands dirty.

Enjoy!

 

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Honey Suckers For Sore Throats

My sweet four-year old little girl has had a terrible sore throat.  I wanted to stop feeling like I couldn’t help her, so I did a little research instead and made her some honey suckers!  I threw in my own touch with some essential oil, and she loves them.  She was so happy for a special surprise and now instead of tears I can see comfort!  Makes me feel like a good mom when I can create something healthy and helpful for my kids.  Here is the recipe!  I highly recommend them!

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Get Well Soon Honey Suckers

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Lay lollipop sticks out on the covered baking sheet. ( I did not have parchment or lollipop sticks, so I got creative and cut up wood skewers and used tin foil.)
  2. Pour honey into a pan and heat until boiling.  Boil for 10 minutes until candy thermometer reads 300°F.  (If you do not have a thermometer like me, you may test the honey by dropping some into a bowl of ice water.  If it hardens it is ready.)
  3. Once it has reached 300° remove it from the burner and stir in cinnamon and 1 drop of On Guard.   Let it cool for a while to thicken.  This will make it easier to pour.
  4. Once thick enough, pour over the sticks.  The thinner they are the sharper they will be, so try to make them thick.  You can reheat the honey on the stove if it hardens too much in the pan.  Let them cool completely and keep them in an air tight container.

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