The Whole Family Cookbook + Recipe for Baked Apple Puff

Michelle Stern lives in California, raises chickens in her backyard, grows kale (which she bakes into kale chips and which her two children happily eat), writes a food blog, and founded the What’s Cooking school where she teaches families how to prepare healthy, practical food.Β  In her free time (tee hee hee), she created The Whole Family Cookbook: Celebrate the Goodness of Locally Grown Foods.

Michelle’s publisher recently sent us a complimentary review copy of The Whole Family Cookbook. The book is filled with easy-to-make recipes, written in a way that encourages kids to help in the preparation. The recipes are designed to appeal to childrens’ palates including Banana Sunshine Smoothie, A-B-C Frittata, Falling for Fall Quesadillas, Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Baked Apple Puff, from the Breakfast for Champions chapter.

An afternoon of homework or a cooking adventure with The Meal Makeover Moms? Hmmmm. Let me think about that one!
Janice’s daughter, Leah, and her pal, 10-year old Julianne, get a knife skills lesson … and then they get to work slicing apples for the baked puff.

Baked Apple Puff

Makes 4 Servings (Courtesy: The Whole Family Cookbook)

  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided (we used 4 tablespoons)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk (we used 1% low-fat)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1ΒΌ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 small crisp apples, organic if possible (go for Fuji if you prefer a slightly sweet apple, or Granny Smith if you enjoy a tart flavor)

1. Preheat oven to 450ΒΊ. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in the microwave or in a saucepan.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, crack the eggs. Beat the eggs lightly and then add the melted butter.

3. Measure milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, salt, and flour, and add them to the eggs. Mix all the ingredients until the batter is well blended.

4. If you have one, use an apple peeler/corer/slicer to peel, core, and slice your apples. If not, use a vegetable peeper to peel the apples. Cut out the cores and slice the apples thinly. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a 10-inch oven proof skillet (we used 2 tablespoons butter here). Add the sliced apples and cook until they are golden brown, 5-10 minutes.

5. Put on oven mitts and take the skillet off the heat. Pour the batter over the apples.

6. Measure 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and stir them together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the batter.

7. Place the skillet into the oven and cook for 15-25 minutes until gently browned and puffed. (Do not open the oven door during the first 15 minutes of the cooking process, or the puff will deflate!)

8. 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.

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85 responses to “The Whole Family Cookbook + Recipe for Baked Apple Puff”

  1. Karen Tjapkes says:

    Would love this cookbook! Unfortunately I have picky eaters and so I’m always looking for new recipes and ideas to try to get them to try things. What they are not picky about are cookies, so our favorite thing to make together are chocolate chip cookies.

  2. Jennifer Whipple says:

    Our family enjoys making two special recipes, our delicious Whipple Deviled Eggs and Whipped Potatoes. My youngest (10 years old) has been dubbed the “Potato Queen” πŸ˜€ These are really great moments that we get to spend together in the kitchen, we love cooking and baking! PS. I had already “Liked” your facebook page but now I have shared the giveaway news with my Facebook friends with a link back to the post πŸ™‚

  3. kimberly Masseau says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book to add to our library. Our favorite “thing” (if you will) to cook together is always HOLIDAY DINNERS. With Easter coming up we are excited about planning our menu. My daughter and I are pretty much the “chefs” in these tados but we do manage to get the men of the family involved as well.

  4. June Grogan says:

    I would LOVE this book! I’ve been letting my kids, ages 8 and 5, help me in the kitchen by stirring, cracking eggs, whipping eggs, etc. Summers coming up and I’d like to make something with them once or twice a week so they can learn new skills and gain some kitchen confidence. This book sounds perfect for that!

  5. Our family enjoys making tarts! We use a tube of ready made pizza dough–rollit out and cut it with the biscuit cutter, shape it around the BACK of a sprayed muffin tin. Bake–then we fill with whichever goodies we want (apple pie filling and cinnimon sprinkles, dulce de leche and chopped nuts, chocolate pudding and a cherry, etc.) Everyone makes their own so everyone gets their favorites!

  6. MonicaB says:

    This book looks wonderful! My kids and I love making banana bread, muffins and from-scratch pancakes. Now that they are getting older I want to start including some cooking, not just baking into our routine.

  7. Virginie says:

    My daughter (2 and 1/2) loves to be involved in cooking with mommy. The results can be messy, but from peeling parsnisps to brushing fish with sauce and crumbling crackers she can start to be a big help. I hope this continues and becomes a tradition at night.

  8. Natalie says:

    This looks great ,love the idea ,also posted on FB

  9. Natalie says:

    Cupcakes and anything breakfast related

  10. carrie r says:

    My husband and daughter have major sweet teeth, so if everyone is cooking together, it’s going to be dessert. We did try the oatmeal currant cookies from your latest cook book. They were good and we didn’t feel guilty gobbling them up.

  11. Thanks for this lovely post! I am so happy to have your support for my new book – and for our mutual passion for cooking healthy meals with families! It has been so much fun getting to know you πŸ™‚
    Michelle, Author of The Whole Family Cookbook

  12. Jenny Martin says:

    We like to make breakfast–the kids love breaking the eggs, and whisking the eggs….and making sugar cookies and rolling out the dough, cutting the dough–then later icing the cookies–and POURING on sprinkles!

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  16. Sandra e says:

    SSpaghetti sauce from scratch with my mom, but it’s Toll House cookies with my sisters and now my kiddo.

  17. We love grilling out in the summertime and cooking over a campfire! We also love to make homemade cookies!

  18. Stephanie Kelly says:

    I’d LOVE to get some new ideas for getting my 4 year old helping in the kitchen!! He loves to help already but I’m running out of fun ideas that keep him interested! Looks like a great cookbook!

  19. Emily says:

    We love to bake! We’ve gone gluten free and dairy free so we are always looking for new recipes. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. I’d love to win this! Where I live, there is a very short window of time in which locally grown foods are available, but what a great resource this book would be during those months!

  21. Tweeted the giveaway @amyscookingadve

  22. Cecilia says:

    We love making pizza together. My 2 and a half year old son stands on a stool beside me eating as many olives out of the can as he can while I top the pizza with what’s left. He once tried to lick the pesto right off the pizza as we were topping it too. He loves pizza night!

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  25. Kimberly says:

    I would love to win this cookbook. I’ve been trying to cook more healthy meals for my family lately. That would be how I found your cookbook and website. I just made your raspberry breakfast cake this weekend – Yum! This apple puff looks good too.

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  28. Julie says:

    Our “special” recipe is making popcorn in our Whirlypop! Everyone likes a turn spinning the crank.

  29. Brigette says:

    I would love this cookbook! I’m always trying new recipes to tempt my 6-year old to eat more than crackers and granola bars!

  30. Laurel says:

    What doesn’t our family like to make together. We have “Cook Wth Mommy” Tuesdays, which has evolved into cook all the time! We really love any dish with fruit!

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  33. Margot says:

    My oldest child is 2.5 years old and our favorite dish to make together is either mashed potatoes or guacamole. I’ll let you guess what part of the cooking she likes best!

  34. Margot says:

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  35. Bethany says:

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  36. Bethany says:

    Our favorite recipe to make together is pizza and new favorite is Dazzling PB and chocolate dip you posted last week!!

  37. Leigh-Ann says:

    In a pinch I’ll make pumpkin brownies – just a box of brownie mix & a can of pumpkin. Mix it together & bake!

  38. Wendi says:

    My toddler loves helping make pancakes, waffles, and meat loaf as she’s an expert in dumping in all the ingredients and using a whisk. Oh, and anything that involves using the salad spinner!

  39. Jen says:

    I love cooking with my son and am always looking for new cookbooks that include healthy and easy recipes for us to try together. Thanks!

  40. Teresa says:

    I would like to win this cookbook because I just made the Apple Puff for my super picky 4 year old son and he loved it. The kids sat in front of the oven and watched it puff and thought it was great fun. I’m hoping there are more recipes that he would try. Both my kids love to help me cook.

  41. Stacey says:

    My favorite thing to cook as a family is still preparing a holiday dinner with my mother. We live close to my parents so now it’s a 3-generation thing. I’m looking forward to Passover on Monday night….

  42. Stacey says:

    I’m a FB fan too….

  43. Erin says:

    My family loves apples so this will be a great recipe to try!!

  44. Stephanie M says:

    I love trying new recipes with my kids and I would love this cookbook to try out some new ones! We love picking out different things to eat together!

  45. Deanna D. says:

    We love cooking together as a family! Breakfast time is our favorite, but we love trying new things for every meal!

  46. Deanna D. says:

    And I like you on facebook!

  47. Suzanne says:

    Trying the Ravioli Lasagna recipe tonight for a dinner party…almost forgot the star player (kale), I had to insert manually afterwards!

  48. Amy Fleur says:

    My son loves making almond zuchini muffins – from cracking the eggs [need separate bowl crakcing for tiny shell frags], to mixing in the frozen grated “green stuff” – he loves filling the muffins tins too!

    We get a veggie COOP box and after he chases the bugs from the greens, he likes scrubbing carrots & making veggie-rice. He has started making peanut butter/honey apple sandwiches … all by himself and we would love to try your cookbook. My husband even read your site since one of his favroite foods [thanks to Alton Brown] is Sardines! Norway looked awesome!

  49. This recipe sounds awesome and if this recipe is indicative of the quality of recipes in the book then it is a must have πŸ™‚

  50. Chaya says:

    I have the most fun, making chocolate chip cookies with my grandchildren or decorating cupcakes.

  51. Chaya says:

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  52. Christina says:

    I’m a newlywed vegetarian with a meat-eating husband. I’m trying to get us both eating healthy before we have kids who will take after our bad habits. I need help finding healthy meat recipes for him and things we can both eat together!

  53. Our family likes to make homemade cheese pizza together. The girls help make the crust from scratch, and we open up a jar of tomato sauce we canned together last summer. We top it with some cheese that we grate fresh, too. Thanks for the recipe for the apple puff, we’ll try it this weekend! And thanks to all who’ve come together to share the healthy recipes in that new cookbook. Families need this!

  54. Suzanne says:

    Very yummy! Apple Puff Pancake!

  55. Louise says:

    I would love to win the cookbook – I am trying to learn to
    cook more dishes from “scratch” – your podcasts are so
    motivating! Thanks for the contest and the great podcasts.

  56. Kelly G says:

    This cookbook looks great. I have a bit of a cookbook obsession so I would love to add this to my collection. My family actually cooks together often. We make it a regular event so that everyone understands what is going into their food and how yummy food is made.

  57. Tara C says:

    I’d love to win this cookbook! We always try to cook dinner from scratch since my daughter is a kidney transplant patient and we have to watch the salt. Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!!

  58. Tara C says:

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  61. Kris says:

    This cookbook looks great! I have a picky toddler, but he’s trying more things recently and loves to help in the kitchen. Our favorite thing to make together is multigrain pancakes.

  62. Jennifer says:

    We love to make “everything but the kitchen sink” eggs on weekend mornings. I usually chop up in a very fine dice multicolored bell peppers, onions and potatoes then add a couple of patties of sausage, cook it all up and then the kids break the eggs, scramble them up and then pour them in the skillet. If we have other leftover veggies or meats to mix in, we have other versions of this. The kids are so proud of their contribution, and the kids will eat any vegetable if it’s mixed into scrambled eggs, so they get some healthy stuff without balking!

  63. Jennifer says:

    And, I like you on FB!

  64. I NEED this book! My kids are SO picky. I actually just ordered YOUR cookbook!! We get veggies from a CSA so I would love more recipes with locally grown food!

  65. Amy says:

    Finances are tight so usually I get my cookbooks through the library for free (that is how I first found The Meal Makeover Moms!). And so I’ll be honest- I did a search for The Whole Family Cookbook and our system doesn’t have it- so I’d love to win it! Sounds like the type of foods I like to make my family in the book. Thanks so much for the giveaway- even if I don’t win! πŸ™‚

  66. Amy says:

    I follow the Meal Makeover Moms on FB!

  67. Dona says:

    I love trying new healthy recipes daily so the cookbook would be perfect for me!

  68. Dona says:

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  70. Shelby says:

    My boys and I LOVE to make bread and muffins together. Kneading the bread and stirring the batter are their jobs.

  71. Shelby says:

    Shared on FB!

  72. Shelby says:

    Tweeted about the giveaway!

  73. Kari says:

    My L.O. is not yet two, can’t help much, though likes to watch so when feasible I move either himself or myself & items I am working on together so he can watch. My hubby had him “help” with beating eggs for breakfast one weekend when I was gone at work. How sweet!

  74. Sounds like a wonderful book to add to our library. Our favorite β€œthing” (if you will) to cook together is always DESSERTS. With Easter we decided to grill since we looked so forward to the 72 degree day. My son and I are pretty much the β€œchefs” but we do manage to get the menu done!

  75. This would be a wonderful book as my kids (almost 5 and 3) love to help with any food prep they can!

  76. merie says:

    I can’t wait to see this book in person!

  77. Jennifer says:

    Orzo pasta dish. It’s the only dish that I can get my husband in the kitchen to help with. My daughter just turned one so she is still two young to help cook but likes to bang on the pots and pans while I prepare our meals.

  78. Dawn P says:

    We love making pizza together. My 2 and 4 year olds can add what they like to the pizza and make it their own.

  79. Sarah H. says:

    My husband’s family has a tradition of making an egg custard ball each Easter. We’ve been married just under 3 years but I love keeping this tradition alive. This year we were lucky enough to host my in-laws (we live in different states) for Easter and it was very special to watch my husband make it with his Mom!

  80. Sarah H. says:

    Liked you on FB!

  81. Andrea Miles says:

    I’m trying to cook better meals and talk to my kids about their food, trying to get them more involved so that they will maybe start eating better. I could really sue this cookbook!

  82. Jessica Holoubek says:

    My son is 3 years old and LOVES to make muffins. He is constantly asking if he can get out some “ingredients” and has special affinity toward cinnamon. His favorite right now are cinnamon blueberry muffins.

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