My younger son loves to create his own recipes mixing whatever he pulls out of the cupboards. In contrast, my oldest son is clear that he doesn’t really like to cook, but he does like to spend time with his mom. Awwww…I’ll take it!
Don’t we all have fond memories of cooking with parents or grandparents? Usually, it’s baking something. Baking is a perfect draw to pull kids into the kitchen. Many people bake around the holidays. That’s a time when we tend to slow down, take more time in the kitchen, and make the effort t to train our little ones. Take that cue and make time to bake something with your kids even just once a month. The efforts will pay dividends as your children grow into self-sufficient, confident adults.
Wondering what can your kids can do in the kitchen? It’s probably more – a lot more – than what you think! Clemson University extension has a great resource on age-appropriate kitchen tasks to help you get started.
This recipe for cute little Tiny Tarts is an easy and fun one. My favorite part is actually after they come out of the oven. I sit with the kids, warm tart in front of us, and a cool glass of milk on the side. We enjoy a brief moment of conversation before clean-up calls and the chaos returns. And that’s what it’s all about!
- 2 12-inch circles of pie dough. Use your favorite recipe or pre-made dough.
- 3 apples, peeled, cored, and diced into ¼ inch cubes
- 2 pears, apples, peeled, cored, and diced into ¼ inch cubes
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Milk, for brushing
- Coarse or granulated sugar, for topping
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Peel, core and dice apples and pears.
- Mix apples and pears with sugar and spices.
- Cut 3-inch circles from pie dough using cookie or biscuit cutter and put them onto a sheet pan. If sheet pan is not non-stick, cover tray with parchment paper or coat it with butter.
- Lightly brush milk on pie dough circle.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture into the center of the pie dough circle.
- Cover with another pie dough circle and crimp down the edges with a fork.
- Using a fork, poke a set of holes on the top.
- Brush top with milk and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until tops are golden brown.
Watch our video making this great dessert.
Edited and re-posted with permission from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
What are your kitchen hacks for cooking with your kids? Tell us about your tricks in the comments.