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Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

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Baking Monkey Bread with kids is fun and easy! Try out this bread recipe of ours with your kids and pair it with a #bookandagame!

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Monkey Bread starts with a buttery-egg dough, that you knead until smooth and satiny, then rolled out and cut into shapes that are dipped into butter, and sugar and cinnamon, then stacked and baked.

It’s very fun for little hands!

Paring this baking activity with one of our kid’s favorite books; Curious George builds an igloo was a fun bonus, and we realized that this book was perfect to read while making Monkey Bread!

As Curious George learns how to stack ice to make an igloo we were stacking bread!

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

While we waited for the bread to rise, we played the game Animal Upon Animal, which is a fun stacking game with wooden animals pieces. The kids enjoy this game, and love seeing them fall!

Monkey Bread Recipe

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 pkg of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cups of warm water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour

Toppings

  • Melted Butter
  • Cinnamon and sugar blend

Tools needed:

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The Method for Baking Monkey Bread with Kids:

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Warm your milk and butter in the microwave in a glass measuring cup and mix. Place yeast in warm water and prove. You can add a pinch of sugar. I like to mix it with a fork and let it prove.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Into your medium bowl add your milk and butter, and then crack in your 3 eggs and whisk until smooth.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Add in your yeast and water and mix.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Slowly add in your flour 1 or two cups at a time.

This time I used a sifter/measuring cup and it helped make the dough very light and smooth.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Whisk your batter in the bowl until your batter becomes more of a dough.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Then switch to your spatula and continue mixing and adding flour.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

When you have added about 3 1/2 cups of flour, and your dough is coming together, now is the time to turn out onto a lightly floured surface.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Knead for  10 minutes until your dough is smooth and silly.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Have your kids join in!

Our kids love to help at this time when they get to kneed and use a bench knife because it’s really fun to use and it helps when your dough is still a bit too sticky to touch.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Once your dough is smooth and silky, place into a large oiled bowl and pat the top with butter.

Cover with a plastic wrap and place in a warm place for 90 minutes until doubled in size.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

When your dough has risen, punch down and knead slightly.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

It is incredibly soft and buttery!

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Roll out to about 3/4 of an inch (ours was a bit thicker than that!) and use a circle cookie cutter and use all the dough.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Prepare your chosen pan with oil.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Melt your butter. Mix your sugar and cinnamon.

Baking Monkey Bread with Kids: 2 Ways

1st Option: Plain Butter

Dip your bead rounds into the butter and then place into your chosen prepared pan.

Layer as much as you can. We enjoyed the monkey bread with one layer and two. If you go for two layers, make sure your pan is very tall as the bread does continue to rise a lot!

2nd Option: Butter with Sugar & Cinnamon

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Dip your bread rounds into the butter, and then dip them into your sugar and cinnamon. Layer into your chosen prepared pan, and let rise again, in a warm place for about 45 minutes. This is the time to read the monkey books, and play games!

If you are using a coffee cake pan with a hole, prepare the same with oil, and stack around and around. In the end, we tried to loaf pans with two variations.

Bake Your Monkey Bread

In a preheated 350F oven bake your monkey bread for 35 -40 minutes, or until nicely browned and your loaf sounds hollow when thumped.

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

Once your Monkey Bread has baked and cooled, you can enjoy them with a storybook, a game, and a glass of milk!

Baking Monkey Bread With Kids

 

Related Monkey Books + Games We Love:

Thanks for reading today!

Til next time,

Continue building your masterpiece with scissors and glue and monkey bread too!

~Alexandra

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2 Comments

  1. looks easy and I know two of my family will adore it.

    1. Alexandra Derry says:

      Thank you, That’s great to hear! It’s a very fun and yummy activity.

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