Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tip of the Day April 21

Cool Sweets & Treats to Eat is a great little book with a lot of introduction to cooking and baking. Nearly half of the small book is devoted to teaching skills and safety. Of the recipes included, I would like to make about half of them with Audrey. The first recipe was not a hit but that is because we have a better one already. Audrey made her daddy's favorite, Apple Crisp:

  • 5 or 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into 8 pieces
Preheat oven to 375°F. Put the sliced apples in a 8 inch baking pan. They might be higher than the top of the pan. Don't worry, they will shrink as they bake. Strain lemon juice and mix it with the water. Pour the mixture evenly over the apples. Put the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use your clean hands to rub the butter into the dry ingredients. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the apples but don't mix the two together. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and put it in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove the foil. Bake for another 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Help slice the apples
  2. Pour the lemon juice over apples
  3. Cut the butter
  4. Help add ingredients to mixing bowl
  5. Help cut in butter
  6. Pour crisp on top of apples
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Peel apples
  3. Help slice apples
  4. Help add ingredients to bowl
  5. Help cut in butter
  6. Place crisp in oven
Very good just not as good as the family recipe. This one does not call for rolled oats so that should have been my first clue. We ate it anyway. Audrey loved helping to cut in the butter. You are crazy if you think I am going to have her rubbing it in with her fingers. I gave her a pastry cutter and I used a butter knife. We switched after a bit because she wanted the knife.

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