Just Frittering Around

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 24th, 2014 27 Replies

Ever since Amara and I started making monkey bread together 3 years ago, I have made monkey bread for the Teachers Appreciation Breakfast put on by the PTA the week before school starts. Last year when I did it, I whined for days because my car and kitchen smelled so good from monkey bread and I never got any! This year since the breakfast was on a Friday I informed Amara that when she slept over we were getting up and making monkey bread for Grandma Kc! I did share. We made 2 loaves and Mommy and Daddy joined us for breakfast. That monkey bread was so delicious. The scent in the car had just about driven me crazy by Sunday.

Teachers Appreciation Breakfast Table

Teachers Appreciation Breakfast

When we were done eating Amara announced that she thought we needed to learn how to make apple fritters. A few days later, I was visiting Treasure Box Tuesday over at Yesterfood and one of the featured recipes was for Apple Fritter Bites. It seemed like an omen and I emailed it to Amara for her approval.

When she spent the night with us last weekend the big plan was to get up on Sunday morning and make them. Saturday night we watched the Great and Powerful Oz for the 3rd time! The things we will do for our grandchildren. Grampy says he can now recite whole sections of it from memory!

After the movie, Amara took a bath. This is quickly becoming part of our routine. We don’t always do it but we definitely do it when she comes armed with a Pinky Pie glow stick! This nighttime bath ritual consists of me lighting a big candle on the vanity, she throws 2 or 3 glow sticks in the tub, and I turn off the lights! This time we added her Pinky Pie Wand and I added some Vaseline Gentle Breeze bath beads to the water. She loves that the water turns blue and I really think it relaxes her. She sleeps so peacefully afterwards.

At least until Grandma comes in and wakes her up. We bring our cats in at night and I couldn’t find them anywhere. Since I had been out in the garage doing laundry I thought that maybe one of them was out there. Of course, the only door into the garage is in Amara’s room. I was fine until I shut the door and she just bolted upright in bed! I told her it was just me and that I was looking for Twiggy and Twursula. She kind of glares and me and says, “Well, can I have a drink of water?” and she flops over on her side. She has water right next to her bed so I took the cap off it and stood there waiting. “Amara, do you want to drink this water?” She turns and kind of looks at me and says, “Sure” and rolls over and goes back to sleep. She remembered none of this in the morning!

When she finally got up Sunday morning she decided what she really wanted was a bubble bath and for me to wash her hair! Like most households, on school nights a shower and washing her hair are not leisurely activities! At Grandma’s you can play in the tub as long as you want and she did.

Amara mixing up the apple fritter bites

When she was finally done, we set about making apple fritter bites. Grampy thought he would die of starvation before we got them done. They were delicious! I peeled and chopped the apple. Amara had grated the top of her knuckles at her house the other day helping Mommy cook. I was not risking any kind of injuries! I also did all of the frying but Amara did everything else. She found all the ingredients and did all of the measuring and stirring. Cooking with her is so much more fun than doing it alone!

Apple Fritter Bites coated with glaze

Amara declared the apple fritter bites to be better than any of the monkey breads we have made so far. Grampy liked them but he still likes the original monkey bread the best. Amara had a moment of inspiration and said, “Why not combine them?” It is now our goal to create an apple fritter monkey bread. I went looking for recipes and didn’t find exactly what we want. I think this one we may create ourselves.

There will be pictures!

27 thoughts on “Just Frittering Around

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Kay and thanks for giving us such a great recipe to share. I love that Amara has one Grandma teaching her to sew and one Grandma teaching her to cook and bake!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am betting an apple cobbler would be wonderful but I don’t think I have ever had a Macoun. Let me know if you try it.

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  1. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    You’ve got me craving monkey bread apple fritters now. PLEASE share the recipe soon or, like Grampy, I will nearly die of starvation.

    It’s such a joy to “watch” you and Amara cook and bake and enjoy the results as well as time with one another!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I guess I am trying to make up for all the time I didn’t get to spend with my own Grandma. I am so glad she is close by and that we can just enjoy the simple things together. SOMEDAY I am sure you will have the joy of having a granddaughter but until then I will share her with you and you can share your 3 boys with me!

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  2. Launna

    If you and Amara come up with a mixed recipe for the two.. do share and then Valentina and I can try the recipe too 😉 I’ll share pictures with you too 😉

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That would be so much fun and I know Amara would love seeing Valentina making it! She is coming over this weekend so we will see what we come up with!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      We are sure going to try. The problem is that fritters have that crispiness to them from frying that the glaze seeps into and almost makes a shell. I’m not sure how we can recreate that part but at the least we are going to come up with some kind of yummy apple monkey bread.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I love the smell of yeast bread and the taste, too! I like your idea that it makes it healthier! It is going to be fun to try making something up.

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  3. Vicki Valenta

    Monkey bread is one of my favorite desserts. I love to serve it to my bunco club for dessert if it’s a cool evening. Eating it is a communal experience. We all just gather round and pull off pieces. I can’t wait to hear about the apple fritter monkey bread. It sounds wonderful. You’ll have to publish the recipe.

    I love the idea of glow sticks in the bath. I’m getting some before the princesses visit again.

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  4. Olga

    It is so much fun to share in your relationship with Amara like this. The apple fritters look so delicious. I may have to get myself to the orchard this weekend.

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  5. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise

    OK, I’m going to try your bath ritual with Noli, who absolutely WILL NOT go to sleep when she stays over. I am beyond frustration so I’ll try anything! Maybe the bath beads will do better than bubbles, and the candle and light sticks are pure genius!!

    I’d love to make monkey bread with her too, but sugary stuff is on her restricted list! Probably a good thing for me with the huge sweet tooth! I made it for a church event and they gave us a recipe to follow…. same as yours except using a couple of cans of biscuit dough.

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  6. Sandy Siegel

    Those apple fritters look amazing! I’m going to have to give them a try!!

    I love the bath time ritual. It sounds very relaxing.

    You deserve to be nominated for Grama of the Century!!!

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  7. Joyce

    Love the easy going fun that you and Amara have together! She clearly is the “princess” when she’s at your house and you love the role of tending to her every wish! Every child needs a place like this to come to, and every grandma needs a child to indulge this way!
    The bath routine is heavenly! My grandkids haven’t taken baths here yet, but I am going to describe your method to my daughters because they’ll want to try it with their little girls – and maybe even the boys!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Your boys would love having glow sticks in the bath with them. They would immediately become light sabers and the battle would begin! The only thing you will need to watch out for us is the splashing!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I hope you like them as much as we did! I’m looking forward to our apple fritter monkey bread creation! Cooking with Amara really is so much fun.

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  8. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Kc, this is one of your best yet (but I think that about all of them, I think!). I can’t think of someone better to get a recipe from than Kay at Cooking With K- she’s the best. Her fritters that you and Amara made look amazing- and I’m like everyone else- I can’t WAIT for that apple fritters monkey bread!! 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara was here again last weekend and we made them again! Her Mommy had requested them special as she only got 2 of them the last time. They were just as yummy but we still need to get to creating our new recipe! Thank you for Treasure Box Tuesdays!

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