8 Fun Ways to Use Apples With Your Kids

Sun Dried Apples

Photo: http://www.sofiaclara.com/

Ingredients
small apples, one for each child

Directions: 
  • Core the apples with an apple corer.
  • Thread string through the cored apples; tie knots.
  • Hang the apples from a central string or clothes line outside in the sun.
  • When the apples have dried, remove the strings and eat.

Note: Apples can be hung from an oven rack at a very low temperature, 150 degrees F., to dry.



Apple Sauce

Ingredients
6 Organic Ambrosia Apples peeled cored and quartered
1 cup Water
1 tablespoon Meyer Lemons juice freshly squeezed

Directions
Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until apples are soft, about 30 minutes. With a slotted spoon, carefully place the apples in a food processor or blender and puree. If the mixture is too thick, pour in the residual liquid from the saucepan as needed.
Serve immediately for warm sauce or refrigerate for future use.

Note:
With most applesauce I like to add a little cinnamon but, these Ambrosia Apples have a great flavor all by themselves.




Stuffed Apples
Photo: ohsheglows.com

Ingredients
one apple per child; butter or margarine; brown sugar; raisins; dates; shredded coconut; chopped pecans or walnuts; whipped cream (optional).

Directions:
  • Core the apples with an apple corer; sprinkle the inside of the apple with some brown sugar.
  • Place the apples into a greased baking dish.
  • Stuff the apples with the dates, raisins, coconut, and nuts. (Allow child to choose their own stuffings.)
  • Pour in enough warm water to cover the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Baste the apples with juice from the dish twice during the baking.
  • Allow the apples to cool before eating.






Apple Butter
Photo: mybakingaddiction.com

Ingredients: 
ten apples; ½ cup water; sugar; 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:
  • Peel and core the apples; slice thinly.
  • Place the apple slices into a saucepan.
  • Add the half cup of water.
  • Cook on medium heat until the apples are soft.
  • Mash the pulp with a potato masher or a fork.
  • Add one half cup of sugar for every cup of pulp.
  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • Cook on low until thick and dark.
  • Spread on bread or crackers.










Photo: Blog.KitchenAid.com

Spiralized Apple Walnut Basil Salad

INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons roasted walnut oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallot
Salt and pepper to taste
2 medium apples such as Honeycrisp, Fuji or SweeTango
2 tablespoons chopped, toasted walnuts

1 tablespoon fresh basil, julienned

Directions HERE





Apple Smile
  1. Core and slice an apple. Spread peanut butter on one side of each apple slice. 
  2. Place four tiny marshmallows on top of the peanut butter of one slice.  
  3. Top with another apple slice, peanut butter side down.  Gently squeeze together.  Enjoy!


Apple Carving (Funny Faces)
Materials: apples; apple corer; plastic knives; pipe cleaners; lemon juice; bowl; water.
Directions:
  • Peel and core the apples.
  • Use the plastic knife to make slits for the eyes and the mouth.  Cut a wedge nose and shape a chin and cheeks.
  • Fill a bowl half way with water.  Add two tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • Soak the apples in the lemon water for twenty minutes.
  • Remove the apples. Thread a long pipe cleaner through the core and twist the ends together to make a hook.
  • Hang the apples in a warm, dry place for four days. Watch as the faces slowly shrink and change.



APPLE CUSTOMS

Long ago, in England, children played these games with apples at Halloween time.

Bob for Apples
In Bobbing for Apples, apples floated in a pan of water.  If a boy caught an apple with his teeth, it meant his girlfriend loved him.

Snap Apple Night
On Snap Apple Night boys tried to bit an apple that twirled from the end of a stick or branch.

Peel an Apple
Girls peeled an Apple then tossed the peel over their shoulder to see if it would form the first letter of their true love’s name.



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