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...