kiddie recipes

June 18, 2017

i forgot about these recipes because i had published them to a private blog, but i wanted to make it more accessible to myself (and others who are interested), so i decided to copy them here too.

i found this great recipe for homemade applesauce. in case the link isn’t working (or doesn’t work in the future), here it is:homemade-applesauce-3

homemade applesauce

prep time: 15 min.     cook time: 25 minutes     servings: 12

6 lbs. apples, peeled, cored, and cut into quarters
1 c apple juice or apple cider
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
1 tsp cinnamon, or more to taste
optional ingredients: nutmeg, allspice, butter


  1. combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.
  2. carefully puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. don’t worry if you think you’ve blended it too much; it will thicken in the refrigerator. what i usually do is pour half into the blender and puree until smooth. then the other half, i’ll blend it less, so it’s more chunky and then mix the smooth and chunky together.
  3. store in the fridge and serve !

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apple pie

March 17, 2012

prep time: 20 minutes       bake time: 1 hour       total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

6 cups thinly sliced apples
1 c white sugar
1 T butter
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 T flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 pastry for 9 inch single deep crust pie

ingredients for pie crust (enough to make top and bottom crust)
1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water

directions for pie crust
1.  in a large bowl, combine flour and salt. cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (tip for butter: try freezing the block of butter, and then grating it.)
2.  stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. (if desired, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.)
3.  roll dough out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. place crust in pie plate. press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.

directions for filling

  1. peel and slice apples.
  2. combine sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon. the amount of sugar used depends on how tart your apples are.
  3. arrange apples in layers in pastry lined pie plate. sprinkle each layer with sugar mixture. dot top layer with small pieces of butter or margarine. cover with top crust.
  4. place on lowest rack in oven preheated to 450 degrees F and bake for 10 minutes. then reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F. bake for 45 to 50 minutes longer. serve warm.

sources (apple pie, butter flaky pie crust)

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nuts for apples

May 11, 2011

apple nut cake by diane eilerman

3 eggs
1 3/4 c sugar
1 c oil
2 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 c chopped apples (~2 medium apples)
1 c chopped nuts


  1. mix first 7 ingredients well.
  2. add apples and nuts.
  3. pour into a greased pan.
  4. bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

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no apples

February 27, 2011

mock apple pie

makes about 6-8 servings

2 c water
3/4 c white sugar
2 tsp cream of tartar
30 buttery round crackers
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 T lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie

1 c crushed buttery round crackers (~12 crackers)
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 c butter, melted (or 5 1/3 T)


  1. preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. in a saucepan over medium high heat, combine the water, sugar and cream of tartar; bring to boil.
  3. drop in whole crackers and boil for 5 minutes. pour mixture into pie shell; sprinkle with cinnamon and lemon juice.
  4. mix together the crushed crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter; sprinkle over pie filling.
  5. bake for 15 minutes and reduce heat to 375 degrees F and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes longer. serve warm.


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apple huh?

February 22, 2011

Amish Apple Grunt

1/2 c sugar
2 T butter
1 egg
1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 c sliced apples (3 or 4 apples – not fuji or red delicious)
1/2 c sour milk or buttermilk (or 1/2 T vinegar, pour enough milk for 1/2 c)
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 T brown sugar
1 1/2 T flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-1/2 T butter


Cream sugar and butter together; add eggs and mix. Blend flour, salt and baking powder together and add to mixture. Mix milk and vanilla; mix all together. Add apple slices and pour batter into a buttered baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter, mixing until crumb texture; sprinkle over apple batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve hot with rich milk, Half and Half or a scoop of ice cream. Makes 4 generous servings.


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