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. 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
- 1¼ 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 450º. 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.