Baking with Kids-Apple Galette

Picking apples is so much fun that we always end up with more than we planned to bring home.  After grabbing one a day to snack on, making applesauce, topping oatmeal with apples and cinnamon and even making caramel apples, we still have quite a lot leftover even into November.  I started making my Thanksgiving menu and added an apple pie as one of the desserts.  My son loves to cook (check out our earlier post Measure, Pour, Stir), and I knew he'd  be excited to bake and contribute to the meal.

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We decided to try baking an apple galette, which is basically a pie without the pie dish.  We made the crust in our food processor from a cup of flour, a stick of cold butter (cut into small pieces) and 2TBS of water.  We popped it in the fridge and started on the filling.  In a small bowl we mixed 3 apples (peeled and cut by my daughter with our kid safe knives), a few sprinkles of cinnamon and a few sprinkles of sugar.  We added some cranberries for color.  After rolling out the dough with his own rolling pin, my son dumped the bowl of filling into the middle and folded it up all the way around.  We baked it at 425 degrees for 30 min and had a delicious dessert.

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It was so quick and easy that next Thursday afternoon we will make another one and pop it on the rack above the turkey.  We love whipped cream on our pie and my son loves to use our KitchenAid mixer.  He dumps a pint of heavy cream into the mixer (with the whisk attachment) and cranks it up to a high speed.  He has a ball watching it and in a few minutes he has made whipped cream and is always proud of himself.

We hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving!