6.21.2009

Monkey Bread+my blog debut

In my family we kind of shun gift giving for Hallmark holidays like mothers day and fathers day. Personally it's all the wonderful things my husband and kids do for me throughout the year that make me feel loved and special. We don't don't need ONE day when we show it everyday.

That being said we do get the kids up early and let them fix breakfast for the other parent. This year I hit the bonanza on mother's day when my husband did a little backyard camping and I got to sleep in QUIETLY which is rare with our 2 boys struggling through making breakfast. An added bonus was I didn't even have to eat the camping breakfast, I slept right through it!
This year we got up and made our yearly batch of monkey bread. Everyone agreed it was the best one yet and surprised dad with a feast of sausage, sunny side up eggs, English muffins and monkey bread. We ate so late that lunchtime was past before we even knew it. Time flies when you are cleaning the garage I guess.
I'm going to pass on the recipe for this bread because all the recipes I tried before were 'highly rated' on allrecipes, made with dry pudding mix and they were just ~~enhhh~~. A big plus was that I got to use my new Kitchen Aid 6qt mixer, YES!

A few notes on monkey bread. This is a pull apart self serve bread that is really easy to make and great to share. Perfect for a pot luck, just serve it with a couple of forks so the germ factor is reduced. When making this with kids be ready to melt extra butter and get out more sugar, we went through it today. These measurements are what I would normally use but with kids and erratically shaped balls we easily doubled those amounts. Any extra toppings can be sprinkled right on top of the bread before baking so there is no waste (except your waist).

The Monkey's Monkey Bread
4-5 cups flour-divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon instant rise yeast or 1 packet regular yeast

1 cup warm water
3/4 cup of milk
1/4 olive oil or vegetable oil or applesauce

topping-prepare before assembly
1/4 cup butter melted in cereal bowl(for rolling)
1 cup brown sugar in a cereal bowl (for rolling)
1/2 cup of walnuts

put two cups of flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or regular mixing bowl
add the next 3 ingredients
quickly stir them together
in a pan on the stove gently heat the milk, water and oil until they are to room temperature
add the wet ingredients to the mixer and mix on low
stop the mixer and scrape down the sides then continue mixing
add flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough is no longer runny, gooey and sticky about this time it will come together in a nice neat ball
turn the mixer to the knead level(mine is the 2 position) or knead by hand sucker!
when the dough is kneaded place it in a greased bowl put it someplace warm to double in size or place in the refrigerator over night for early morning breakfasts

to assemble-heat the oven to 350 degrees
dip a pastry brush in the melted butter and grease a bundt pan
sprinkle with the 1/4 cup of brown sugar and the walnuts
punch down the dough and start dividing it into small 1 inch balls
roll the balls in the melted butter and then the brown sugar then drop in the bundt pan
continue rolling until all the dough is rolled and in the pan
pop in a 350 degree oven and bake for 30-40 minutes
check for doness by gently poking a fork in the bread and pulling it apart slightly, you are looking for dough spots if you find any continue cooking for a few more minutes and check again

Yes this is a sugary recipe but once a year won't kill us, right? RIGHT?!?

So the solstice blew in with 60 mph winds that are systematically whipping my gardens to death. I am afraid to go out and see the damage. I think I like spring better this year we had 80 plus degree days that we oh so promising. It was so cold and nasty today I decided to make homemade mac n cheese for dinner. You know hat that means? Yep I busted out my Le Creuset French Oven and it was divinely perfect! A great way to end a cold and blustery day. So with having come we are now on the downhill slide to winter. Everyday we lose a little more daylight and gain a little more night. I get a little manic with so much daylight so I am actually kind of glad to see more night coming our way. 19+ hours of daylight just can't be good for a person, we need a dark balance in there. We did spend some fun quality time on the computer playing with iphoto, check me out making my blog debut!

We call this 'evil boy genius taking over the world...and his mother'

smile! pour little freak with 3 eyes and 2 tongues

am I down there?

Peace and Love,

5 comments:

  1. Mmmm monkey bread. I'm stealing your recipe for the bread... but ummm I'll keep the pudding and brown sugar and melted butter and cinnamon and nutmeg topping. It's the only recipe I have that uses "fake" ingredients but ... I grew up with it (and Rhodes bread dough, but I've always made from scractch) and love it. Thanks!

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  2. I should never read your blog when I'm hungry! Mac and Cheese on a blistery night...yum! And I've always wanted to try to make monkey bread...thanks for the recipe.

    Glad to finally see you! I can't believe it's the first time you've ever posted your own pic on your blog. Though those long Alaskan summer days are doing weird stuff to your brain...what's up with your photo edits!?!?!!?

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  3. YEAH finally a face to go with the voice, ok never really heard your voice but I made one up for you. It's a strong school teacher ... LOL. Super cute hat!

    And the recipe sounds delish as always my dear!

    Love to see ya!

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  4. Finally catching up on my commenting - I love the pics! So fun!

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