One of our favorite things to do when the kids are off track is to have fun breakfasts together.
When school is in session it is hard for us to find the time (or the bonus energy) in the morning to make a fancy breakfast. But when our mornings can be stretched out longer than an hour we LOVE working together to create a pseudo-gourmet feast in the morning.
One of our favorite morning meals is Monkey Bread.
We have bought it frozen several times, but for Christmas I got this awesome cookbook that had a recipe to make it for ourselves. I had to make a few adjustments to accommodate the size of our family and our personal preferences, but it is super delicious and not hard to throw together at all.
Here's how it's done:
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
4 (7.5 - 8 oz) cans of refrigerator biscuits
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp honey
(This recipe easily serves all eight of us.)
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Spray your friendly neighborhood bundt pan with cooking spray and set it aside.
2. Mix the sugar and cinnamon into a gallon sized zip seal bag and shake it a bit to mix it.
3. Open your refrigerator biscuits (and if you are like me cringe while you hold the paper opening strip and shake them as far from yourself as possible to get them to open because you HATE that pop more than almost anything else in the world) and cut them into fourths with kitchen scissors.
4. Add these dough blobs a few at a time to the zip seal bag and shake them to coat them with the sugar/cinnamon mixture (seriously, only add a few at a time because if you just dump them all in there they moosh together and don't get coated and they turn into one gigantic dough ball).
5. Place your coated dough into your bundt pan. Don't just dump them from the bag because you will likely have extra sugar and you don't want it all over in your pan.
6. In a separate microwavable bowl add your butter, brown sugar and honey. Put these in the microwave for about 1 minute and stir together (they should be melted when you are done).
7. Slowly drizzle your butter/sugar syrup over the top of the dough in your bundt pan. Be sure to get some syrup on every part of the bread.
8. Bake for 20 minutes or until he brad is golden brown. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes (the syrup coating will be REALLY hot and will burn your mouth...I promise, I've learned from experience). Invert your pan and let your delicious concoction fall out onto a plate (it comes out really easily).
Now for the best part...
You can't beat a table full of adorable kidlets happily eating a tasty breakfast together. Gotta love life as a family!