Monday, October 11, 2010

They can cook!

Part of my campaign to raise boys future daughter in-laws will love involves teaching some basic domestic arts.  Cooking and knowing their way around a kitchen, sewing buttons on, you get the drift.  

What better place to find delicious, tried and true recipes than our reigning Junior League cookbook from the 50's? Ideally* I plan our meals for the week on Saturday or Sunday  - which is when I ask them what they want to make that week.  They always make a dessert and I give them a few options.  Since we are knee-deep in apples, it seemed logical to put apple pie into the rotation. 

A simple 6 ingredient recipe, without a complicated crust: perfect for a 12 and 10 year old.  Though not overly enthusiastic by the peeling and coring aspect of pie making, they didn't totally balk.  I left for work and came home to a scrumptious smelling house and this beauty on the kitchen counter:

Obviously they didn't peel quite as many apples as I'd suggested, but the results were stunningly delicious. 

::Apple pie (older) kids can make::
6-8 large, tart apples
1/4 c. sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 stick butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. flour (or ground oats, if it's for breakfast)
1 T cinnamon + a dash

Directions: Peel and slice apple into a deep dish pie pan.  (Obviously you'll have to teach them how peel and slice ahead of time.)  Cover apples with 1/4 c sugar, dash of cinnamon  and the lemon juice; stir to combine.  Mix the cinnamon into flour,  then cream butter and brown sugar and work in cinnamon/flour mixture.   Crumble this over apples and bake about 30-40 minutes in 350 degree oven. 

Delicious on so many levels...

*ideally is rare - I really work hard to have the basics (eggs, milk, butter & cheese) so I can throw something together if the planning doesn't happen...

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Rachel said...

love love love

I love my junior league and church and ladies auxiliary cookbooks from the 40's and 50's!

justkiddingaroundatlanta said...

This looks delicious - my kids would love to make one for themselves ~ guess I'll be buying some apples at the store this week!! I'm your newest follower, too!

Aimee @ justkiddingaroundatlanta

Felicia said...

Looks great even if there aren't quite as many apples as hoped for!

Jane said...

Looks yummy! It's such a great idea to teach young men how to cook. Our son is 26 and out on his own. When he was in high school, he worked at a breakfast restaurant/bakery. Now, when he comes home for Christmas, he always helps in the kitchen.


magsmcc said...

I have the same aspiration, but there the comparison ends- you're living the dream!

Dr. Laura Aridgides said...

I want a Junior League cookbook! :)

And, I am so right there with you on raising boys to do domestic things (since, ahem, my husband was not raised that way :) hehe)

And my boys love cooking too! We still have many apples left over from our apple adventures so far, so this would be a great recipe for them to make.

Thanks for sharing at Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday!

Dr. Laura


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