We are going to be sharing with you our A-Z of cooking with kids over the next year and we are starting today with A is for….. Apple Muffins. These easy apple muffins are simple to make with kids and are perfect for freezing and using in lunch boxes.
How to make Easy Apple Muffins
We have started with a really simple recipe that takes minimal equipment. In fact muffins are perfect for making with kids as you don’t need a mixer and they take minimal stirring and are hard to get wrong.
- 200g or 7oz plain flour
- 100g or 3.5 oz caster sugar
- 50g or 2 oz brown sugar
- 2½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 90ml milk
- 80ml vegetable oil
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 5 drops vanilla extract
- 2 large apples - peeled, cored and chopped
- Preheat oven to 200 C, 400F which is Gas 6 and add paper cases to muffin tray. We use silicone trays so dont add paper, but do use a cake release spray.
- Measure out your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Add milk, oil, egg and vanilla. Stir until just combined It is OK for it to be lumpy).
- Gently fold in chopped apples and spoon mixture in muffin cups.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Place on a cooling rack and see if you can wait till they cool before you eat them!
My kids are pretty proficient in the kitchen at 8 and 9, but then they have been cooking and baking with me since they could sit in a high chair, so I want to share with you my hints and tips. Cooking with kids can be stressful and messy, but all messes can be cleaned and cooking skills are for life.
Through the series I will share what tools we use to make things simpler, but there is nothing that beats hands on experience.
Helping kids with knife skills
It can be hard to watch your kids using a knife and even though mine have graduated from safety knives and plastic lettuce knives to standard sharp knives, it doesn’t change and I still watch them like a hawk and never leave them unsupervised.
I believe that the right tools make so much difference and child sized ones make such a difference to your child being able to do a safe fantastic job.
Using Maths whilst cooking
Weighing and measuring is a great time to put math into practice. Now my boys are older we no longer set the scales to zero between adding ingredients and they add the additional weight of the subsequent ingredients working on a combined weight.
Another great way of introducing maths is getting the kids to convert the weights from one measure to another. The same with liquid and oven temperatures.
Looking for some more fabulous apple recipes, then take a look at my fabulous co-hosts recipes – Easy Apple and Cinnamon Muffins by Mum in the Mad House, Apple Peanut Butter Balls by Smiling like Sunshine, Apple Cinnamon Slices by Peakle Pie, Apple and Pork Sausage Casserole by Rainy Day Mum, Apple Oaty Crumble by Witty Hoots, Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake by Rainy Day Mum, Apple Dumplings by Sugar Aunts, Apple and Pecan Muffins by Thinly Spread, Apple Harvest Cake by Still Playing School