This week was our twice a month Activity Day for the 8-11 year old girls at church. When I asked them what were some of the things they wanted to learn in Activity Days one of the answers I got from quite of few of them was cook/bake. So this week we decided to teach them to make pies. We made French Crumb Apple Pie. Teaching 9 girls how to make a pie in one hour is a little overwhelming. My first word of advice is – get help! I have a co-leader who was there and then we asked one of the moms to stay and help and I am so glad she was there!. I wanted each of the girls to be able to go home with a pie -ready to put in their oven and bake so their family could enjoy it. Thanks to a lot of help we were able to do that.
The focus of the activity was to learn how to make a good pie crust. I used my Perfect Pie Crust Tutorial and the tips I share with you there to teach the girls. Each of the girls brought a bowl, a rolling pin, butter, shortening and apples. I provided the flour and the other ingredients need for the pie. We had a little lesson in the best way to measure flour which is scoop and level. The girls weren’t afraid to jump in and get their hands dirty! They each rolled out their own pie crust. And took a turn at peeling the apples. Fortunately we had 3 apple, peeler, corers. We decided to make a French Apple Crumb Pie so they only needed one pie crust. The hardest thing was to try to get the girls not to overhandle their pie crust and sneak all the cinnamon sugar coated apples out of the pie!! Since we didn’t have time nor the space in my oven to bake 9 pies the girls took them home ready to pop into the oven. I think they were pretty proud of themselves and had a great time. Let’s just say my kitchen was a wee bit dirty but the girls had fun!! The pie was delicious and was perfect with a scoop of ice cream and I got several emails from mom’s letting me know how much their family enjoyed french apple crumb pie that night!!
For some other delicious apple recipes check out these:
Enjoy! Leigh Anne
- 1 perfect pie crust tutorial
- Recipe makes two pie crusts, only need one for pie
- 6-7 C sliced, peeled apples (about 7) I like to use a tart apple such as granny smith
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ C sugar
- ⅓ C butter
- ⅓ C brown sugar
- ½ C flour
- Combine apples, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and toss to coat apples. Place apples in unbaked pie crust. Top with French Crumb Topping. Bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes or until apples are tender. If pie begins to brown too much cover with a piece of foil and remove for the last 5 minutes of baking.
- Mix together butter and sugar. Add in flour and combine until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of apples in the pie plate.