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Cooking With Children: Apple Crisp a La Mode
Everyone loves desert. And what's more American than apple pie? Apple pie a la mode, or apple crisp, if you will. Crispy, sweet, rich this American classic takes a lesson from the French when you add a dollop of ice cream for the perfect mmm to this nutritious treat. It's so easy and tasty and it makes cooking with children fun and rewarding. Here's how to enjoy it. Ingredients:

6 Apples, sliced; 1 1/2 cups oats, rolled; 3/4 cup sugar brown; 1/4 cup flour; 1 tsp. cinnamon; 1/4 tsp. nutmeg; 1/4 tsp. salt; 1 stick butter; however much ice cream you want.

Instructions:

1. Choose some nice ripe apples – Gala, Macintosh or Fuji work best, but if you prefer Granny Smith, go ahead. Teach your child how to peel an apple safely by holding it in one hand and holding the peeler in the other. Then teach him to peel it away from himself. Then slice the apples and core them

2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and run your softening butter along an 8 inch baking pan. When all six apples are sliced, arrange them so that they fit in the pan nicely.

3. Add the oats, brown sugar, spices, flour, and salt in a Ziploc bag and shake it all up until it's well mixed. This allows even the youngest kids to get in on the fun and makes cooking with children all the easier because there's no mess. You won't even have to wash your child's hands after he mixes it through. Cut the rest of your butter into slices and add it to your mixed bag. Seal the bag again and knead the butter into the mixture. When it becomes gooey and delicious looking you will know that it is time.

4. Open the bag and dust your sliced apples with it. Then bake the apples crisp for 45 minutes, or until the edges begin to bubble and turn a delicious golden color. Your child (and you) will know by the smell when it's done! After a few minutes of cooling, cut it and add ice cream – or if you can't wait for it to cool, add the ice cream and watch it melt all runny over the apples. This delicious apple crisp serves six and once you try it, you'll want to double the portions for next time. Plus, it makes children's cooking simple and fun. You can also substitute whipped cream for ice cream if you want to lessen the calories. This one is lighter than your average apple pie, however, and makes it more contemporary and easy for cooking with children. Enjoy!

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