Summer Baking

Grandma Kc wrote this on July 6th, 2015 25 Replies

Amara and Grandma Kc making monkey bread together for the first timeI love being in the kitchen with Amara and we both love making monkey bread! It has been almost 4 years since we made that first loaf of Monkey Bread. Since then we’ve made all kinds of monkey bread in our search for the best one ever. We made a Chocolate Orange Monkey Bread with Star Wars decorations for her Dad on his birthday. We made the Cream Cheese Monkey Bread that Mommy requested. There have been a couple of other recipes, too. So far, we are all in agreement that the original was the best. We even made Apple Fritter Bites that we all loved and devoured. They took us on a search to find the perfect recipe for Apple Fritter Monkey Bread! I’m not sure how I came across this recipe for Awesome Country Apple Fritter Bread but I knew we had to try it out!

Amara making Awesome Country Apple Fritter Bread

I peeled the apples for Amara but she chopped them and did everything else. Grandma’s only complaint would be that this recipe requires you to get at least 4 bowls dirty! But it was sure worth it. Amara said it is definitely not a monkey bread but delicious nonetheless! I was shocked that we had any leftover but it was just the three of us for breakfast. I am here to tell you that it sure was good warmed up for about 20 seconds that afternoon!

Amara and the Awesome Country Apple Fritter Bread

The best part of baking with Amara is the conversation. We talked about how her hermit crabs are doing and about swim class. We talked about all our baking and decided we needed to update her recipe book to include all of these new recipes. I suggested she try finding a recipe for something for dinner that we could try one time. She liked that idea and announced that she would like to learn how to bake bread from scratch – followed by cinnamon bread and maybe cinnamon rolls!

It is going to be a yummy summer! I can’t wait!

25 thoughts on “Summer Baking

  1. Joyce

    I know Jenna is an excellent baker too, but she must also appreciate the time you spend with Amara on such a worthwhile skill. I remember the cream cheese monkey bread from a few years back. I printed the recipe but never had a chance to make it. Now I’m motivated!
    And by the way, Amara just keeps getting prettier and prettier!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Jenna is a wonderful baker and an even better cook but you’re right, Amara and I do have fun! Jenna does NOT make bread so it will be extra fun for Amara to learn how to do it!

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  2. judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Ooh, bread baking. Now there is a skill I admire but don’t have. It skipped a generation. My mom made great bread and my daughter makes delicious bread. I do know where the good bakeries are though. :-) Here’s to all the fun you and Amara are going to have baking bread.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It skipped a generation here, too! My grandmother was a good cook and baker but my mother couldn’t turn on the oven let alone bake bread! But I can! Jenna undoubtedly could bake bread but she never has! So it will skip to Amara!

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  3. Barb

    Your bread sounds yummy. My Grands also like to help in the kitchen. One of their favorite things is making bread critters out of frozen bread dough. I actually used to make “alligator bread” (shaped like an alligator including scales) with my students. I still have the alligator-shaped instructions I made way back when and the little ones like to folllow them.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara made bunnies out of frozen bread dough one Easter. I bet your alligators were very impressive and what a fun thing to do with students! Good teachers really do think outside the box!

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  4. Sandy Siegel

    So happy that you & Amara have these great times together! I am going to try the monkey bread when the grandkids come to visit this summer! I should do a couple of practice runs. I’m sure Gramps won’t mind being my guinea pig!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You and the kids will have a blast making and eating this. There will be lots of sticky fingers that will need to be licked! I bet Gramps would be willing to make the sacrifice and eat your practice loaves! Just don’t take them to Mom’s. Amara is spending the night this weekend and we are making the Original for a change and at Grampy’s request!

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  5. Olga

    As someone commented already, in my family baking seems to have skipped a generation. My mother made wonderful bread and so does my son, but my bread always comes out more like crackers–flat and crispy. But now that I think about it my daughter does not bake (or cook really) at all.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It will be fun to see if Amara acquires the bread baking skill or if she even likes doing it.

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  6. Lux

    Curious. Seems my first time to hear about monkey breads. :)

    I wish I had spent more time in the kitchen growing up. I’m a frustrated chef. Looks fun!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Lux, You definitely need to make and eat monkey bread! The smell of the bread dough baking and the cinnamon — will make you crazy waiting for it to get done! It is like the very centers of a bunch of hot cinnamon rolls!

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  7. Joy @ Yesterfood

    I agree- it’s hard to beat a good, basic Monkey Bread recipe!! You know I love to bake bread, so I am excited for Amara that she is interested in learning to bake bread from scratch. Can’t wait to find out what she want the two of you to cook up for a dinner recipe!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I knew she was really serious about wanting to learn to bake bread when she started telling her Dad all about it! I need to remind her to find us a recipe for dinner, too! I am curious what she will come up!

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  8. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    Ah! Hermit Crabs! Yes! THAT is what I need to get my grandsons. Thank you.

    You and Amara are THE best team in the kitchen. Such fun.

    I love your comment about the recipe taking FOUR bowls. Now I don’t feel so alone in choosing to NOT make some recipes only because they take too many bowls.

    Yummy stuff here! I just last week gave my oldest my official Monkey Bread ceramic baking thingee because I never make Monkey Bread anymore and she does with her (likely soon to be) stepson. Kids love Monkey Bread. And grandmas do, too, as long as there’s a baking buddy making it with them. :-D Cheers to lots more monkeying around in the kitchen for you and Amara!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara is very serious about her hermit crabs! She even has a Pinterest board devoted to hermit crabs! She has done lots of research and can talk for hours about why you should never use a painted shell! They each have their own personality and there is nothing better than a phone call telling me that there was “drama in the crabitat today, Grandma. Two of them were fighting over a shell!” Who knew that they make clicky noises when they fight? The boys will love them!

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  9. Renee Spindle

    Love, love, love to make Monkey Bread!! This will be a great cooking project for my grandson, Evan. For myself, I’ll be trying the Cream Cheese version. How much fun you must having baking with Amara, and discussing her “worldly” events.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Like most ‘tweens, Amara is quick to be distracted by a screen. But you can’t check your email or anything else when your fingers are sticky with cinnamon so I get her full attention. Hope you and Evan have fun making and eating Monkey Bread!

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  10. KImberly

    Well, pooh! If we just lived closer, I would hop in and give you and Amara a bread baking demo. I’ve made bread from a starter for years and years. I find it very easy, but haven’t ever talked many people into the practice. It is just a jar with water, sugar, potato flakes and yeast the first time. After that you feed it one cup of water, 3/4 of sugar and a tablespoon of flakes, then use a cup to make three loaves of bread. I use the same recipe for cinnamon rolls and for rolls with butter, garlic and parmesan for savory meals. And, as good minds think alike, I made apple pie with Gideon today and his Mama brought her sour dough bread for fix for lunch, yummo. Good luck!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I have made a lot of yeast bread in my days but I have never made bread from a starter. I DO wish you could hop by but since that isn’t likely to happen could I get some more detailed instructions both on the starter and the bread itself? I would really love to try it!

      Please!

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  11. Pamela Shank

    So happy that I found your awesome blog! What a wonderful grandma you are and so lucky to get to spend so much precious time with your grand daughter. As they get older, they are so busy with their sports & friends. I love the baking & cooking you do with her. In 2008 I was chosen as a finalist in the Pillsbury Bakeoff and my recipe was a version of monkey bread! One of my grand daughters was my inspiration to create that recipe. 4 of my grand daughters are coming over tomorrow for cooking/baking class. They are between 12-15 so I know it will be more texting, talking, laughing etc than actual class but what a fun day it will be. Probably end up at the mall for them after my class. I will be visiting here freq and you sound awesome.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you for stopping by! I love your blog, too and I am very jealous that you have so many grandchildren!

      Amara and her Mom were as impressed as I was that you’ve been a finalist in the Pillsbury Bakeoff THREE times! We are definitely going to try out some of your recipes. I love the idea that you have cooking classes for your granddaughters. I could do that if I had more than one!

      It is nice to meet another grandmother with similar interests. I will be visiting you often, too!

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