If you want to make an apple pie, you need to gather flour, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, butter and apples. Go to the market to get the ingredients. But if the market is closed...
Well, if the market is closed you'll need to travel to Italy to pick the wheat, visit England to grab a cow, cut down sugar cane in Jamaica, gather sea water from the ocean... you get the idea. The illustrations are colorful and stylized, a perfect match to the international setting. Written in second-person, the story hits a great tongue-in-cheek tone throughout, with such throw-away lines like "you'll know she's an English cow from her good manners and charming accent." With this gentle and ironic humor, children learn geography and the origins of the food they eat. Of course, the back of the book includes a recipe for apple pie. Which leads us to...
The Food - Mini Apple Pies
One of the problems with being a blogger is that you think you have an original idea, then you google it and realize you are #357,092 to have that idea. So, I'm apparently not the first person to decide to make baby apple pies in muffin tins, but that doesn't mean they weren't delicious!
- 2 pie crusts
- 2 1/2 apples, peeled and diced
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- splash of lemon juice
- egg wash (egg white and 1 T water)
Bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on it and pull out when the tops are golden brown and crispy. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the tins. Good luck with that, by the way. I suggest trying to take them out when you're in a very zen-like mood... or when your children are out of earshot! Of course, if you mess up and one falls apart, you'll need to hide the evidence...