It's apple season again!
We love this time of year as my in-laws have 2 huge apple trees and we are usually given loads of apples when we pop over. The crop on the first tree is ready but I have been warned that the apples have been pecked by the birds and there may be a few surprises inside!
We have taken a bagful regardless and I've been busy turning them into lovely apple compote for the kids to have for snacks. I have made 6 pouches this morning out of 8 apples and I've got another 12 or so apples to do later. The filled pouches will all be popped in the freezer so we can take them out as we need them.
To make apple puree / compote / sauce (whatever you like to call it!) I always peel my apples and slice into quite thin pieces. I then place them in a pan with a few tablespoons of water and simmer them with the lid on for 10 minutes or until the slices are soft. Blend to a smooth thick liquid puree. see our full recipe here . We make ours with eating apples so no extra sweetness is required but if using cooking apples you will need to add a little honey or sugar. You can also add Cinnamon for some real winter flavouring!
It makes deliciously smooth apple puree that kids of all ages can enjoy. No added sugar, just pure natural goodness.
Watch out for portion control though! One of our animal pouches will hold a large apple or so and our monster pouches could hold around 2 apples if filled to the top. This is probably a bit much even for a growing school child so don't fill them all the way to the top or serve in the smaller pouches.
It's such an easy snack to make and you can also mix with other fruits and vegetables to make a variety of flavoured snacks for your little one.
I love to take one out of the freezer in the morning and pop in the kids lunch bags so they keep their packed lunches cool. The apple compote defrosts and is perfect to eat after lunch as pudding or as an afternoon snack.
Get picking and peeling and stocking up the freezer for the winter!