Baked Apple Puff Recipe from The Whole Family Cookbook, A Giveaway & Puffy Eyes

by Jennifer on May 3, 2011

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Puffy is not always a word you feel adoration for. Puffy body parts can be funny when you are little but not so much when you are over 30 39. Puffy eyes are also often a side effect of a college party, aging or disturbed sleep patterns.

My puffy eyes inspired my son to make a statement last night although, he apparently was only reporting his observations. As I mentioned earlier, I traveled to California to an elevation of 7,000 feet, slept very little and then took a red-eye home Sunday/Monday. My tired body crawled into his bed last night and prepared to read him a story. I removed my glasses (seems I need bi-focals), slipped under the blanket and turned onto my side so that I was facing my little guy so I could stare at his eyes.

My son turned to me and made the following proclamation prior to me cracking the book open: ‘Mom, you look funny without your glasses and your hair looks bad like that.’ Thanks puffy eyes and puffy hair.

Are you done laughing? sweet, let’s move on. A few weeks ago, I received a copy of ‘The Whole Family Cookbook’ by my Michelle Stern, founder of What’s Cooking and the blog ‘What’s Cooking with Kids’. I have been reading the blog and interacting with Michelle for two years now as I enjoy her perspective on feeding her children and family. I was honored when she asked if I wanted a copy of her book and told me that I could share a recipe with you and give a copy of the book away.

In The Whole Family Cookbook, you not only get 75 recipes (organized as Breakfast, Lunchtime, Dinner, Sides and Treats), you also get a chapter on Raising Locavores, Engaging Kids in the Kitchen and a great section titled ‘Make your Own’ with a recipe for homemade butter, pancake mix, pesto, hummus, pureed pumpkin, spice rub mix and hot cocoa mix.

Michelle wants to get your entire family in the kitchen and even indicated which steps in the recipe the children in varying age groups can perform.  For example, in one recipe the 4-6 year old is measuring the dry ingredients, the 2-3 year old can mix them while the 7-10 year old sets the temperature on the oven.  The book finishes with an section offering tips for teachers and cooking in the classroom.

I choose to share the Baked Apple Puffs as we love apples, it requires basic ingredients and it reminded me of an Apple Pie which I knew you would all love. Without further ado:

Baked Apple Puff from the Whole Family Cookbook

5 Tbsp butter, divided
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
3 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
2 small crisp apples, I used two organic Fuji apples

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a small sauce pan or microwave-safe bowl, melt 2 Tbsp of the butter. In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Add in the melted butter, stirring constantly.

2. Measure out the milk, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, the vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon of the ground cinnamon, salt, and flour. Add them to the egg mixture. Whisk together all of the ingredients until the batter is well-combined.

3. Peel and slice the apples thinly. In a 10″ ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining 3 Tbsp butter. Add the apple slices and cook until golden brown, for 5-10 minutes.

4. Pour the batter over the apples. Measure 2 Tbsp granulated sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon, and whisk them together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar over the batter.

5. Bake 15-25 minutes or until browned and puffed. Try not to open the oven during the last 15 minutes of baking, or the puff may deflate. Cut the puff into wedges and serve warm.

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The giveaway ends on May 10th at midnight EST. The winner will be chosen by to pick our winner.

Hey, where did it go? Who could have eaten it?

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Whole Family Cookbook from the publisher at no cost because I am reviewing it so heck, I needed it right?

Jeanette May 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm

The first fresh tomato, mozzarella, pesto sandwich of the season from our local farmer’s market!

Jeanette May 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I just tweeted your giveaway! Great giveaway by the way.

Mara May 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I already make my own of many of the things you list, but I’m thrilled to see that someone has published a cookbook encouraging people to do the same! In fact, I just used up the last of my pureed pumpkin from my epic roasting session last fall (I keep it in the freezer all winter).

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm

fun giveaway and this looks delish. My favorite family recipe. Hmm..My favorite family recipe is probably my Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Amy @ FitMommas May 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm

This sounds amazing! I have a 2, 5, and 12 year old, and I do similar things with assigning age-appropriate tasks in the kitchen. Works wonders and all my kiddos love to cook (though, honestly, it is more work for me most of the time!).
Our favorite family recipe is probably tacos. The kids help cook and set it up buffet-style and then everyone gets to make their favorite way to get tacos. Easy, cheap and everyone is happy! 🙂

Angie May 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

Too cute! Mine never seemed to like eyeliner, but he seems use to it now, although he still stares and then asks me to put some on him too, weird. He’s going to end up like bret michaels, haha.

spiceblogger May 4, 2011 at 9:24 am

hahaha! At least he loves you the way you are. 😉
I’m retweeting your giveaway…

LisaE May 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

A favorite family recipe is my chicken curry. We love the curry spice and using coconut milk to cook with is awesome! It is also a fast and easy recipe that can be made quickly.

LisaE May 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

I just tweeted about this giveaway under the name of @cinderbell1

LisaE May 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

I am not sure if I am to leave a message here for this or not but I also joined you on FB and left a message there to enter in the giveaway.

Scorpio Woman May 4, 2011 at 10:02 am

Our favorite family recipe is pizza. My son helps slicing the mushrooms with a plastic knife. He choose what he wants on his part of the pizza.

Scorpio Woman May 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

I just subscribed to your blog via email

Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) May 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

Thank you so much for using my new book with your family – puffy eyes, and all 🙂 xoxoxox Michelle

Lisa @ all things * jane May 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

My grandma’s apple pie recipe is my favorite. The crust recipe goes back a few generations, and the filling requires no measurement. No apple pie can compare – and the memories it brings back only make it better.

Carolyn May 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

Oh kids. My son tells me I have “fat boobies”, which is ridiculous because they are teeny tiny!
Our favourite family recipe is Zucchini Pie…quick and easy and everyone eats it, so it’s a hit.

Scorpio Woman May 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Melanie S May 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

My great-grandmother’s cutout cookie recipe. Not a sugar cookie, but more of a sour cream cake cookie. So good with royal icing.

Cajun Chef Ryan May 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Kids at that age are so honest right!

Evelyn R May 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

My kids love to make and eat spaghetti pie……it is a baked spaghetti casserole that they can help put together by layering noodles, cheese, and sauce.

Evelyn R May 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I am also a ‘Savor the Thyme’ fan on facebook

Caroline May 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Looks delicious!

Cookin' Canuck May 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Puffy hair and puffy eyes – that’s exactly what I looked like when I returned from Camp Blogaway, too. It was wonderful to see you, my friend. This beautiful dessert is making me crave something sweet.

Karen May 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm

My family makes pizza every Saturday night, taking turns to choose and prepare toppings. In the old days, it was just my husband and I making the pizzas, but now our 4-year old daughter participates too! A few weeks ago she made a thin pizza with homemade pesto, a blend of mozzarella and cheddar, and black olives. Yum! A new favorite in our house!

Karen May 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I “liked” you on Facebook too–thanks for the second entry! May 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I love food, good tasty food and sweets love them too…

Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! May 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Well now you can call yourself “The Puff Mommy” and hang out with P Diddy.

Cee May 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Our favorite family recipe is a three layer chocolate cake with unsweetened whipped cream in between each layer. The frosting and cake are sweet, so the combination of the sweet/unsweetened cream is delicious! I cannot recall the origin of the recipe, only that my dad learned it from his father.

Amanda Thompson May 10, 2011 at 9:54 am

My favorite family recipe is for my Mom’s Deviled Eggs.

Amanda Thompson May 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

SANDY May 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

we make pasta homemade..whole wheat

jeannette May 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

My favorite family recipe is klopse (sp?) Its basically fist sized meatballs in a creamy cream-based sauce. When I got old enough to make these myself, my favorite part was mixing the ground meat with my hands, squishing away!

kia May 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

My familiy’s fave meal is a southwest quinoa black bean salad

Jennifer May 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I know I’m too late for the giveaway, but just wanted to comment to say how sweet the story about your son was. Even though he commented on your puffy eyes and hair, it must’ve been wonderful to climb into bed with him at the end of that long weekend. Getting a hug from my little man when I got home made me forget how much I missed him while I was away. Oh, and the apple puff looks awesome.

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