Parenting

Fall Baking with Kids

This post was almost too late. I don’t usually bother with “seasonal cooking”, but it recently occurred to me that fall — that season of bright leaves and blustery weather and sharp blue skies and…apples? Yes, apples — is nearly over. Which means apple season is almost over. So I thought I’d remind you (or inform you) of that perennial classic, apple crisp.

Apple Crisp

Baked apples with a crisp, flour-and-oatmeal topping make for a tasty, easy, straightforward recipe, so this dish is a great way to get your kids into the kitchen. If you have younger kids, you can cut the apples, and your kids can help measure the other ingredients. They can also help you arrange the apples in the baking dish or mix the topping.

Plus, baked apples are so delicious that you don’t have to get this recipe exactly right (and isn’t that nice to hear). It’s like when you make snacks that have chocolate in them — they always taste good.

This recipe was taken from Betty Crocker. I did add a few notes.

Tools

Baking pan, 8-inch square pan preferred
Medium to large sized bowl for mixing
Wooden spoon for mixing (a fork will do just as well)
Knife for slicing apples

Time

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Baking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

4 medium-sized tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups) — Golden Delicious and Granny Smith are good choices, but don’t go for mild, sweet apples like Royal Galas, or ones with thick skins, like Red Delicious.
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (just leave this out if you don’t have it)
Cream or Ice cream, for serving (optional; it’s just as good without)

Procedure

  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with oil.
  2. Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream/ice cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.
  3. Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream.

Makes 6 servings

You can find the original recipe here.

I guess I should also add a tiny disclaimer, right here at the bottom: I eat baked apples as though they’re dinner, but they’re not really. This is a good recipe for introducing kids to the kitchen, and it’s great as an easy, go-to, “special” dish, but it probably should be served with a side of proteins and vegetables, as I’m sure you knew.

By the way, guess what easy-to-make dish is delicious when eaten warm in the middle of winter? That’s right, apple crisp.

Just thought I’d get that out there.