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Monday, December 6, 2010
Auntie Anne's At Home Baking Kit Review (Featuring Monkey Bread)
I was very excited when I recieved an Auntie Anne's At Home Baking Kit in the mail. I'm sure many of you have a had a freshley baked pretzel from Auntie Anne's before. If not, check your local mall, or look for one the next time you're at the airport. And even if you don't have an Auntie Anne's in your area, you're in luck! Just in time for holiday baking, you can make your own pretzels (and other great stuff) using these Baking Kits from Auntie Anne's.
I found some great recipes to make using this kit, but since it's so close to Christmas I decided to try out the Monkey Bread. I know a lot of people who have a big family breakfast or brunch on Christmas morning instead of the traditional dinner, and I think Monkey Bread would be perfect to serve for those!
The kit comes with everything you need to make pretzels and almost everything you'll need to make this yummy Monkey Bread. The instructions are very easy to understand, and unlike a lot of breads and things that you make, involving dough and yeast, it's not a long drawn out process. In fact, you could even turn this into a fun activity with the kids.
In my excitement, I forgot to take pictures of the entire process. I only remembered as I was getting ready to put the bread in the oven! Instead I'll tell you just how easy the process is. In the kit you recieve a yeast packet, which you dissolve in some water. And then you add the dough mix. You mix it with a spatula until it forms a dough ball, and then you knead it for a few minutes.
After letting the dough rise for half an hour, you pull off little pieces of dough, roll it into balls, and dip them in some melted butter, followed by a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Then throwsthe balls into a greased bundt pan. Bake it for 30-35 minutes and then your done! Very Easy!
I also made a little icing for my bread, using 2 oz. of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of milk, and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. This made it extra delicious. But it would be great without icing too!
As much as I loved the monkey bread, I knew the real trial would come when my husband tried it. If he doesn't like something, chances are I won't be making it too often! Luckily for me, even though he doesn't like pretzels, he does love cinnamon rolls, so I was hopeful that he would really enjoy this. And I was right! He loved it! Not only did he enjoy it, but since he'd never seen monkey bread before, he was really impressed by the way the dough balls form a bundt cake. He liked it so much that he made me fill up a container so he could share some with his buddies at work. They'd never had monkey bread either, and they all gave it their seal of approval!
Buy it! You can Purchase you At Home Baking Kit at your local Auntie Anne's or at these retailers.
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