Saturday, January 5, 2013

Making Monkey Bread AND Figuring Out Fractions

Making recipes in the kitchen is such a fun treat for our little ones! Getting a little messy and being able to taste yummy food you've helped to create is a satisfying experience for young and old alike! Plus, recipes sneak in math and science and provide a wonderfully fun enrichment activity! And we like FUN!

(I'm also sharing a tip for how to make hardened brown sugar soft again- quickly.)

Here is our simple recipe for Monkey Bread


2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1 stick of butter
1 cup brown sugar
2-3 cans of biscuits (We like to use 2-3 cans of the Simply Pillsbury Buttermilk biscuits or 2 cans of the large Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits.)
cooking spray for the bundt pan

preheat oven to 350 degrees

 Directions with pictures:



Combine 2 tsp. of cinnamon with 3/4 cup of sugar in a pie dish.

Mix together- it's easy to spill out. Don't worry about the mess, just enjoy the process with your little ones =)

We practice halving the biscuits and covering the halves in the sugar and cinnamon mixture- great motor skills activity.

We talk about how we can piece two halves of a biscuit back together to make a whole and how to cut a whole into two halves.

Simple you may say, but a very important conversation to have with your young ones.

Now we get to practice taking halves and making fourths! We discuss how many fourths does it take to make a whole? (4) We place four fourths on top of a whole biscuit.

And how many fourths make a half? (2) We put two of our fourths on top of a half to demonstrate.

Also in the picture, we have three of our fourths on the cutting board and one of our fourths from one whole biscuit in the mixture. We talk about that and keep going with the idea...

All the while placing our pieces in a bundt pan that's been sprayed with cooking spray.

Under close supervision, of course: in a sauce pan melt a stick of butter with 1 cup of brown sugar until bubbly ~while continuously stirring with a wooden spoon.

*Tip:  if your brown sugar has hardened into a brick, simply wrap a moist paper towel around your brick of brown sugar, place it in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 15 second intervals until soft enough. Then make sure you place your brown sugar in an airtight container in the freezer for safe keeping!

Help little hands drizzle the hot caramel glaze all over the top and place the bunt pan on the middle rack in the oven. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes. Cool for five - ten minutes on a wire rack and transfer to a cake plate.

Now, enjoy the yummy treat you've all helped to create while reinforcing fractions, too!



  1. Going to try this with Paisley!! Love it!

  2. oh -- so disgustingly good! My kids LOVE Monkey Bread!!!

    We made Apple Kugel tonight for a Five in a Row book - so much you can learn from being in the kitchen. :-)

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