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!