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!
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)
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
- Heat the oven to 375°. Generously grease a nonstick fluted tube pan.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mix the brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.