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Caramel Apple and Cranberry Galettes

This recipe was made in a 10 week cooking class with some amazing little cooks. I loved how they were so eager to learn and were excited to start. Kids love getting messy in the kitchen. They weren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty (clean hands, of course!) and loved discovering new cooking tricks. More importantly, they learned about the different types of apples, and how its okay to have an imperfect apple. In a world of high food waste, we need to accept that our produce comes in all shapes and sizes.

and now for the recipe…..

Makes 12 galettes

This recipe is designed for kids. It includes basic precooking preparations and equipment lists. The recipe also refers to a superhuman adult (aka – YOU! The adult who is reading this!)

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry

2 apple, golden delicious or gala

2 apples, Cortland

cup cranberries, frozen

lemon zest of 1 lemon

juice of half a lemon, if you like the taste of lemon, add juice from the whole lemon

½ cup water

4 tablespoon sugar, granulated

2 tablespoon butter

Equipment

Cooking spray

Muffin pan

A cutting board

Pizza cutter or knife

Bowl

Measuring cups

Rolling pin

Slotted spoon (a spoon with holes in it!)

Spatula

A pot

A wire rack

Directions

Before you begin!

  • Tie your hair up
  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Wash your hands with soap,
  • Wear an apron
  • Get all the equipment that you need
  • Make sure the equipment and space is clean and safe
  • Take out ingredients
  • Get help from an adult

Directions

Spray the muffin pan with cooking spray. Make sure that you get all the corners. Roll out the puff pastry on a floured cutting board. Using a rolling pin, roll out the pastry. With a pizza cutter or knife, Cut the puff pastry into 12 squares. Place the puff pastry squares in each muffin slot.

With the help of a superhuman adult, core the apples.

Slice the apples.

Add the apples to a pot with the cranberries, lemon zest, lemon juice and water.

With the help of a superhuman adult, bring the mixture to a gentle boil and cook apples until they are slightly soft – about 5 minutes.  This will make the juices come out, which we will use later.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the apple and cranberry mixture to a bowl. Leave the juice mixture in the pot.

Add the sugar to the juice mixture. With the help of a superhuman, cook the sugar and juice mixture till it is golden (lightly brown). This is a caramel and it is VERY HOT. Don’t touch the caramel or taste it!

Once the caramel is a light brown and looks thick and sticky, turn off the stove and add the butter and stir. Remember it is hot!

Pour the caramel over the apple and cranberry mixture and mix.

Add the apple mixture to each puff pastry square.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until it is golden (lightly brown) and smelling delicious!

Wearing oven gloves, Remove from oven, allow to rest for 5 minutes away from people touching the pan. Then once cooled to handle, gently remove apple galettes from pan with a spoon or fingers, and place on a wire rack.

Serve on a plate with a fork and enjoy!

Remember that oven temperatures vary, so always use your senses to see if the food is ready. This means use your eyes to see if it is the right colour, use your nose to smell, use your ears to listen if something is burning or sizzling and taste to make sure it tastes good! But safety first – don’t burn yourself!

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