Monday, March 28, 2011

Baked Apple Puff "Whole Family Cookbook"

The best part!
This fabulous recipe is from The Whole Family Cookbook by Michelle Stern of What's Cooking With Kids. We were fortunate enough to do some recipe testing for this book and I can tell you it is amazing. Our copy is in the mail and cannot get here soon enough. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing a few recipes we received from Michelle in advance. If you are trying to cook healthier for your family but have met with resistance, buy this book. Not only are the recipes healthy but they are tasty. I credit Michelle for expanding not only the palates of the girls but myself as well.

Baked Apple Puff
  • 5 tbsp butter, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup cold milk
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 small crisp apples

Preheat oven to 450°F. Melt 2 tbsp butter in the microwave or in a saucepan. In a medium-sized bowl, crack the eggs. Beat the eggs lightly and then add the melted butter. Measure milk, 1 tbsp sugar, vanilla, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, salt, and flour, and add them to the eggs. Mix all of the ingredients until the batter is well blended. If you have one, use and apple peeler/corer/slicer to peel, core, and slice your apples. If not, use a vegetable peeler to peel apples. Cut out the cores and slice the apples thinly. Heat the remaining 3 tbsp butter in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet. Add the sliced apples and cook until they are golden brown, 5-10 minutes. (If you'd like, you can add a dash or two of ground cinnamon.)

Put on oven mitts and take the skillet off the heat. Pour the batter over the apples. Measure 2 tbsp granulated sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon and stir them together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the batter. Place the skillet into the oven and cook for 15-25 minutes until gently browned and puffed. (Do not open the oven during the first 15 minutes of the cooking process, or the puff will deflate.) Put on oven mitts, remove the skillet from the oven, and immediately place an oven mitt over the handle, so that you won't accidentally burn your hand. Cut the puff into wedges and serve immediately.

Audrey (and friends) Tasks:
  1. Chop apples
  2. Help measure and add ingredients
  3. Stir batter
Mom (and friend) Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Peel apples
  3. Assist children
  4. Cook apples
  5. Bake puff
We invited friends to share our first run of this recipe. They enjoyed not only the making but the eating of this dish. It is wonderful for weekend brunches or anytime you want a wholesome pancake. The apple goodness made the pancake sweet enough to enjoy without syrup. 

Chopping apples.

Cracking eggs.

Audrey showing off her cracking skills.

Measuring ingredients.

Taking turns.


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  1. This is just fabulous! Michelle's cookbook is so great - I can't wait for you to get your copy. Let's do a long-distance cook-a-long :)

  2. Absolutely! Hoping my copy arrives this week. We had Crispy Tofu tonight and ABC Fritatta last week. Love! I am just trying to make sure everyone we know buys a copy.

  3. Hurray! I love that even little Mo is right in there with the older kids. Thank you SO much for trusting me enough to have me (virtually) participate in this play date! Sending you a huge hug! xoxoxoxox
    ps. feel free to upload any photos to our facebook page - see? kids really can do this!


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