Rainbow Monkey Business

Grandma Kc wrote this on October 27th, 2015 25 Replies

I was thinking the other day of how much Amara loves food coloring! We have done numerous science experiments with food coloring and around here a pancake isn’t a pancake if Amara hasn’t colored it some special color – possibly adding colored sprinkles! My friend Debra over at Frugal Little Bungalow suggested that maybe the reason Amara likes food colors so much is because of how much Jenna loves hair color!

I thought about it for some time and I think the reason Amara likes food coloring goes back to the days of her first learning to eat different foods. Jenna started adding food coloring to her mashed potatoes. Amara loved blue potatoes! Since I love cooking with her, I have encouraged the food coloring addiction – and the sprinkles! My cupboards are well stocked with both!

A couple of weeks ago as she was getting ready for bed she asked if we could have monkey bread for breakfast. I really wasn’t up for making monkey bread so I told her the dough was frozen. When she was younger, that would have worked. This time she comes back with, “Well you could go get it out of the freezer”. I couldn’t argue with her and at point, I didn’t even want to! Now I was looking forward to monkey bread and making it with her! When I returned from getting the dough from the freezer, Amara announced she wanted to make rainbow monkey bread – “we’ll just dye the dough different colors Grandma!” I told her I would think about it and we could discuss it in the morning.

We use Bridgeford Ready-Dough frozen dough and I was trying to figure out how we could color the dough and not dye her hands and the counter all at the same time. My idea was to cut the thawed dough into 5 or 6 chunks, put the dough in zip lock bags and add food color! Then she could just squish the color through the dough. This kind of worked and squishing and working the dough is a lot of fun! She cut the colored chunks into small pieces for dipping in butter and then in the sugar cinnamon mixture.That was our next problem – the cinnamon hid the color. Amara declared that, “What the world needs is clear cinnamon – just like we have clear vanilla!” Smart girl!

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Her colored monkey bread didn’t taste any different from our regular monkey bread, which meant it was awesome and it did look pretty when you pulled it apart!
Baking with her sure is fun!

25 thoughts on “Rainbow Monkey Business

  1. Launna

    Kc… it looks like great fun between you and Amara… what a novel way to get children to eat something by dyeing it their favorite color ???? Let me know if they ever come out with clear cinnomon ?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I wish she had an idea of how to make this clear cinnamon happen as we could get rich off that idea!

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  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    It is so nice that you can have baking sessions with Amara. I did have to chuckle that she’s now old enough to catch you with the ‘frozen’ bread dough reasoning. :-) I know you are aware that my grandson has shellfish, peanut, and tree nut food allergies and has to have an Epi pen at all times. He has several friends with various food allergies, but he was telling me the other day that there is one young lady in her late teens that is allergic to food coloring. They don’t buy any processed foods that have dye of any type in the list of ingredients. I have never heard of anyone with that allergy, but thought of it when I was reading about Amara doing such a great job of dying the dough. I love the idea of blue mashed potatoes. :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I remember back when red food coloring was all over the news but I’ve never heard of someone actually being allergic to it. That would be really difficult and dangerous! Back when I worked in the restaurant there was a couple that claimed to be allergic to any kind of dish soap so everything had to be served to them on Styrofoam and with plastic utensils. They were very strange people and I never really believed them!

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      1. KImberly

        Actually, my little Gideon has a terrible reaction to red food dye. I can buy natural dyes and that satisfies him since he never gets anything colored with red dye 40.

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  3. Joyce

    Love it! That creativity really shines when you two get together for fun anywhere, but especially in the kitchen! The series of pictures is great, but I think Amara enjoyed the eating part best!

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  4. Barb

    You and Amara are making some priceless memories. Perhaps she’ll want ot be a chef when she grows up. I’ve made crocodile bread (shaped like a crocodile) with my grands. Jack had to put gummy bears in his crock’s mouth to make it look slimy! The joy of Grands!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You are right! I do think this kind of personal memories are just the best and they bring lots of smiles to my face when she isn’t here. The joys of Grands!

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  5. Rhonda Gales

    What a great idea. It’s surprise monkey bread, you pull it apart and you don’t know what beautiful colors are inside. She looks proud of her creation and even happier eating it. I love the idea of colored mashed potatoes too. Fun food for kids, lol. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think she tired a piece of every color just to see if you could taste the food coloring — or at least that was her excuse!

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  6. KImberly

    Miss Amara looks like she’s never had sugar or butter in her life. Oh, to have that metabolism. You can now call it Hippie Monkey Bread since it looks tie-dyed. It would be kind of fun to do it for some unsuspecting soul, who thinks it is just regular monkey bread.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She does have an amazing metabolism and that child can eat! Do not let the thin frame fool you — she can pack it away! Jenna struggles to find clothes that are long enough for her but thin enough through the waist and everywhere else!

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  7. Pamela Shank

    I love the food coloring post!! You are so funny. I could identify with not wanting to go through that the next morning but how wonderful that you did. I remember that my mother use to make colored loaves of bread for parties. She made the bread from scratch and colored the dough. It did make pretty little finger sandwiches. You 2 are a good combo in the kitchen.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Pamela, we do have fun in the kitchen that is for sure! Amara and I have yet to make bread from scratch. I love to bake bread but we just haven’t gotten around to it! Maybe when we do we can color the real bread, too!

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