I’ve been sick for the past week so I haven’t really done much in the way of cooking with the kids.
I had a bunch of green apples that were getting a little on the old side, so I figured we’d have some fun making Apple Crumble. Now, how’s that for comfort food?
Here’s What We Used:
Apple Mixture: Granny Smith Apples, Nuttelex (as we’re currently dairy free), Brown Sugar, Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon
Crumble Mixture: 1 cup Plain Flour, 1 cup Rolled Oats, 3/4 cup Brown Sugar, 1/4 cup Dessicated Coconut, pinch Cream of Tartar, 1/2 cup melted Butter (Nuttelex in this case as it’s dairy free)
Honestly, it’s only in looking at this now that I realised I used Cream of Tartar! I thought I was using Baking Powder!!!!
Oh well… same, same
Here’s What We Did:
Step 1: Peel the Apples
This is only the 3rd time that she has used a peeler…but we’re making progress
Try to encourage them to peel away from themselves as peelers can be quite sharp
(I peeled all the other apples while they worked on their apple)
Step 2: Dice the Apples
(I cut the sides off the apples, leaving only a core, and gave them the sliced sections, so all they had to do was dice. They did ALL the dicing. We love our Foost Kid Safe Knives)
Step 3: Add Butter Substitute, Brown Sugar, Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon
Great opportunities here for wrist stability which will help with writing skills
Using spoons to scoop and poor develop hand strength required for writing
You could have them pour into a spoon first, but I am happy with a healthy splash of vanilla!
(I didn’t measure but I would guess 2 tbsp butter, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 2 tbsp brown sugar)
Step 4: Cook the Apple Mixture until it Caramelises
The burner is off at this point! I still have them grasp the drawer handle so that they are not tempted to touch anything they shouldn’t
The stirring is great for crossing the midline and I so often see them practise these skills in their imaginative play in their toy kitchen
(I put about a tablespoon of plain flour into the mixture at the end to thicken it)
Step 5: Combine Ingredients for Crumble, and Stir
Measuring cups are a fantastic introduction to the future skills they will need when they come across fractions
You can see the concentration on his face as he uses his hand-eye coordination and motor sequencing to accomplish his task
We melted the Nuttelex in the microwave and I had the kids push the buttons. Great for number recognition!
Stirring uses both gross motor and fine motor skills and uses muscles which will be important for developing pencil grip
Step 6: Grease Dish, Pour Apple Mixture in and Top with Crumble Mixture
This proved quite tricky. Thankfully she persevered and got it in the end. I did have to wipe some off as there was A LOT!
They both enjoyed trying to pat out the apple mixture and make it even. Cooking gives them the opportunity to develop language too, so don’t forget to talk them through each step!
And of course, what would be the joy of cooking without licking the spoon!
They negotiated with each other and decided that Mr L would scoop onto the apple mixture, and Miss S would pat it down. Great social skills that will help them navigate play with their peers!
Of course my Sensory Seeking Miss S could not help herself but to get her hands into the mix.
Step 7: Bake at 180 C (350 F) for 35 – 40 Minutes until Golden Brown
So crispy and delicious!
Step 8: Enjoy with Ice Cream!!!!
As we’re currently dairy free, we used Coconut Ice-Cream
Again, so many developmental skills that your kids can be working on while having fun. If you try this, let me know how it goes.