Monkey Bread Recipe & Kit Activity for Teens & Tweens Zoom Friendly

 We're still trying to come up with fun Zoom activities for our church youth group.

Can't wait until we meet in person, but until then...

hands on activity kits have been a hit with girls wanting to Zoom into the event.

Today we'll be baking up some monkey bread. 
A simple recipe that the girls can succeed at and share with their family and friends!

After RSVP-ing that they would be Zooming in,
each girl received their Monkey Bread Kit.

It included: a 8 1/2" foil cake pan, cinnamon/sugar mixture, 1 can of biscuits & our Monkey Bread Kit List (reminding them to refrigerate the biscuit can and telling them to make sure they have their own stick of butter for the recipe)

Monkey Bread Kit List printable found {here}

The little kit list is a fun addition, not only giving them instructions but, how can you not get a little excited for the activity with a cute monkey looking at you! ;) 

This is all they need for their bread.

Tips to prep the kit: 

Mix and put 2/3 cup sugar and 1/2 TBSP cinnamon in a zip lock bag.

Generic brands of biscuit dough work just as well.

Cake pans work better than pie tins. The cake pan is deeper with straight sides which helps the dough stay packed together and rise higher. However, you can totally make it in a pie pan.

You could include the butter, but to save on costs, we thought all the girls would have access to their own butter. 

Zoom in and let's get baking!

Have the girls turn their ovens on to 350°

They also need to gather a deep bowl to pour the cinnamon/sugar mixture into.

And a small bowl to melt the butter in the microwave. 

Have them prep those 2 bowls as described. 

Next, with a spoon, scoop out a couple spoonful's of butter and spread around the bottom and sides of your pan.

Open your biscuit can- POP!
Cut each biscuit into 4s

roll each triangle of dough in the cinnamon/sugar and place in the pan.

Fill the pan with a single layer, just squish the dough pieces in.

Next, pour the butter into the cinnamon/sugar and mix.

Pour this over all your dough pieces.

Put in the oven to bake.
You can put it on a cookie sheet for more stability if you want.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the dough in the middle looks cooked.

While it's baking, you've got 30 minutes to play a game, chat, discuss a lesson, set goals, plan future activities, etc.
We asked 2 girls ahead of time to share what they had learned during the week in seminary or in their own scripture study (2 min each) Then one of the leaders had made binders (which we had also dropped off) We went through what resources were in the binder, focusing on goal setting. 

This looks delish!

You can eat the bread right out of the pan or get it on a plate giving the whole crowd easy access.
Let the bread sit for a couple minutes after coming out of the oven.
Cover the top with a plate that is larger than the cake pan.
Holding the pan and plate together, flip it, do the pan is on top. 
You man need to use hot pads if its still hot to the touch. 

Ta, da!

Why is it called Monkey Bread? 
There is no clear origin but a few theories.
The dough balls grouped together looks like a barrel of monkeys.
The easily pulled off pieces let your "little monkeys" each grab a piece at once.
In the 1940's a southern slang term for snack food was "monkey food"
Silent movie sar ZaSu Pitts may have coined the phrase in a 1945 cooking interview.
Fun facts:
It's actually a Hungarian desert called arany galuska- meaning golden dumplings. Immigrants brought it to the US in the 1880s.
It became really popular in the 1950's. Nancy and Ronald Reagan loved it so much that it became a traditional Christmas dish made every year when they lived in the White House.

This is a fun recipe that is perfect for beginning bakers
and so yummy!

This baking activity was a hit!
We texted out the recipe to the girls so they could make it again.
Print your own copy of the recipe {here}