“The Apple Pie Tree” by Zoe Hall is one of my favorite books to lead children through the seasonal changes of a fruit tree. Culminating of course, with the fall harvest of apples and then making a delicious apple pie.
Our Four Year-Old class(MWF) apple picks at Rose Hill Farm in Red Hook. The Wagon ride features a beautiful view of the Hudson Valley and fields of peaches, cherries and pumpkins. We bring our apples back to the classroom and share some with the Three Year-Old class(TTH).
After reading “The Apple Pie Tree” Each child chooses one apple and turns the crank of the apple peeling, coring and slicing machine to ready the apple for cutting. The children then chop the slices with plastic knives. The teacher’s slice width wise one piece of Pillsbury Grand biscuit dough. The children roll and flatten the two haves of dough, place their apple slices in the middle of one, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and place the second piece on top. We bake them in the oven at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.
These mini apple pies are kind of like an apple turn over and the children have participated in every step!
Please share your favorite apple recipes with us.