Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kids in the Kitchen: Monkey Bread

Last month I discovered this wonderful book about baking with kids (I'm sorry that I can't remember who recommended it to me).

I checked this book out from the library here in the UK and was not sure what to expect. I was wonderfully surprised at the UK version of this book. It does a great job changing all the measurements to both grams and ounces -- and then it warns you not to mix the measurement type in the same recipe.

My kids love working in ounces. It gives me the freedom to let the kids measure things like flour and sugar without worrying about getting inaccurate amounts. They just dump a little at a time onto the scale until mommy says its enough.

This book has great pictures and very clear instructions to follow. On our first venture, we decided to make "Monkey Bread" (a.k.a. banana bread). Both kids helped measure the flour, then we divided up the tasks to get the work done 'faster.'

Joshua peeled and mashed the bananas. 
He loved using the potato masher and worked so hard to make sure they were very squishy.

Abigail beat the eggs, then measured out the sugar and mixed them together.

Mommy combined all the ingredients and poured the batter into the pan (with help from the kids scraping the bowl clean) and put it in the oven. It turned out wonderfully! And I managed not to stress about the added mess of baking with kids.

Come back soon for a follow-up post about how we made their fun aprons to keep their clothes clean.

And for great tips on stress-free baking with kids, check out Miss Mommy's post How to let little ones help in the kitchen {without going crazy!}

Happy Baking!


  1. Thanks for the props. ;) The kids look so happy to help!! What a great idea about ounces, etc...hmm...anyway, I love their aprons- turned out great!

  2. I love this and that you seem to regularly involve your kiddos in baking/cooking! Looks like a great book!


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