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Brendyn’s Kitchen – Monkey Bread

My Monkey and His Bread

One of the greatest parts about being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother is getting to figure out the things your kids love and then having ample opportunity to nurture and build on it. Aren’t I a blessed Mom that my oldest boy loves cooking. Aren’t I doubly blessed that when I am trying to feed the baby, get six kids ready for church and get dinner ready for Family Night (our church’s once a month pot-luck dinner), that Brendyn can come to the rescue and has enough experience and menu choices that I can usually leave Family Night Meal preparations up to him with very little effort on my part.

One of his favorite things to make and most requested offerings in Monkey Bread. And not only is it delicious (and relatively cheap!), he lets the younger kids help too! A Korean lady at our church, upon seeing Monkey Bread for the first time, said to Brendyn “That is the ugliest cake I have ever seen!” After she tasted it though, she was hooked, and always asks Brendyn if he is making “Ugly Cake” for Family Night. She told me yesterday that last Family Night it was gone before she got any. This time, after she sliced it, she hid a piece away for herself!

Here is his recipe and he took all of the pictures (except for the first one and the last one in which he is holding the plate!)

MONKEY BREAD (a.k.a. UGLY CAKE, or Pull Apart Bread)

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2. Grease a bundt pan. (Ours is well-used and judging by its avacado green color, probably from the 1970’s.)

3. Pull out 4 cans of biscuits from your refrigerator, assuming it’s not the day after grocery day and your refrigerator is bursting at the seams, in which case, have a small child unload the refrigerator until they find them. Using Kitchen Scissors or a Sharp Knife (if your kids can handle them safely), cut each biscuit into fourths. (Insert random math questions here, such as how many pieces will you have after you have used four cans, each with ten biscuits, and each biscuit has been cut into fourths!)

4. In Ziploc Bag, shake together 3 TBSP Cinnamon and 2 cups Brown Sugar. Add biscuit pieces to ziploc a handful at a time and hand to a younger sibling to shake, shake, shake. Remember to hand to a different sibling each time so that each sibling has had a turn and feels like they helped, also ensuring you have avoided either a meltdown, or World War 3, depending on how badly those siblings want to help.

5. Enlist another sibling (with very clean hands) to drop each coated biscuit piece into the pan.

6. After half the biscuit pieces are in the pan, melt half of a stick of butter (1/4 cup) and drizzle it over the top.

7. Add the rest of the coated biscuit pieces. Sprinkle any leftover cinnamon-brown sugar over the top. Melt the other half of that stick of butter and drizzle it over the top.

8. Bake for 45 minutes.

9. Once finished, have a parent place a plate on top of the bundt pan and VERY carefully flip the pan over onto the plate.

10. Cut into slices, or if you are eating it at home and are feeling less civilized, have everyone just pull pieces off. Yummy!

I am So Blessed!

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