There is something so rewarding about a play in the park, all rugged up and coming home to a hearty meal toped off with you guessed it – apple pie!
It always amazes me how apple varieties can taste so different. If your child insists they don’t like apples – why not put together a taste test or try apples 4 ways (e.g. raw, stewed, apple pie, apple juice, apple cake etc..) to show them how versatile this wonderful fruit is.
This apple pie recipe is easy and your kids will love getting involved – plus there isn’t too much mess which is always a bonus!
Stewed apple or apple purée
A sheet of puff pastry – preferably one not containing nasties (hydrogenated fats, colourings, additives, preservatives or relaxants such as Dorset Pastry – available at Planet organic)
An egg – gently whisked
- Preheat your oven to 200˚C
- Trim the edges of your pastry so you have 4 straight lines
- Cut your pastry into evenly sized squares making sure you have an even number – I cut my sheet in half, then cut each half into 4.
- Place a spoonful of apple into the centre of half your squares (a large or small spoon depending on the size of your squares). Careful to leave enough of a margin around the edge of the apple for an effective seal.
- Using a pastry brush, paint egg mixture around the edge of each square containing apple
- Gently place the remaining squares over the top on the apple, squeezing the edges together
- Using the tip of a fork press around the edges to seal the joint and create a pretty pattern
- Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper
- Paint the top of your apple pie with egg mixture
- Cook for approx. 15 minutes until the pastry is golden brown, then cool on a wire rack
- Particularly good whilst warm with a scoop of ice cream! Alternatively store in a sealed container for a few days in the fridge.
Options: Got a few berries floating around in your fridge – just pop them in too!
Tip: Make sure your pastry is cold
How kids can help:
- Cracking open an egg and mixing it with a fork
- Rolling out your pastry
- Trimming the edges – if old enough
- Cutting the pastry squares out
- Spooning the apple mixture onto the squares
- Painting the square edges with egg
- Squeezing the edges together then reinforcing this using a fork
- Painting the pastry with egg mixture