Cooking in the kitchen with kids is one of my favourite things to do. Not only does it teach them an important life skill but it also gets them talking about food and the importance of healthy choices. More importantly… kids more often than not, eat what they’ve made!! I believe this has helped my kids not to be picky eaters. They will try almost anything… except mushrooms… I don’t know what it is about mushrooms but they can find them in the tiniest of forms!
I had a few extra kids join us overnight the other weekend, four more to be exact. What’s a better way to pass the time than to bake with 8 kids?! I happened to have a bushel of apples from a friend’s yard, so we made a hot Apple Crisp.
Faith was the youngest of the kids over that night, she is almost 8, and the most eager to help. Faith suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury at birth and almost didn’t make it out of the NICU. The doctor’s said she wouldn’t talk or walk and here she is baking with me. Her job was helping with the apple peeling and the stirring. Her older sister Hope was in charge of putting in the baking soda, the flour and the sugar. Their older sisters Grace and Keri were in charge of taste-testing. All ten of us enjoyed the fruits of their labour.
I make a fairly easy Apple Crisp, probably because I wanted the kids to learn it and be able to do it on their own, and they do.
10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
What you’ll do:
Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.
We ended up making the Apple Crisp too late in the night to enjoy it at that moment, so we saved it for Sunday Breakfast the next day. It’s got fruit and oatmeal in it!! 🙂
Apple season is in full swing right now so I plan on heading to my local Farmer’s Market this weekend to pick up a few more bushels. What’s your favourite apple to bake with? Here’s a great baker’s guide to the best apples to use for what.
This is the best time of the year to make everything Apple, like: