Baking With Kids – Apple Hedgehogs

  

baking with kids apple hedgehogs

Apparently stuffing an apple with raisins or something else like it is a popular treat for kids – kids of a different generation obviously! Not my generation either because I had never heard of it before but when I mentioned it to a handful of people they tell me their grandmothers used to make similar treats for them. As usual, Linda Collister takes the idea one step further and slathers the outside of the apple in meringue and uses almond slivers to give it a hedgehog feeling! So so so cute and the kids had a great time making them. I confess we made these forever ago, if these were recent photos there’d be three of them because Wee One #3 is way more active in the kitchen than she used to be.

These were made on March 27/11 and were the 9th recipe we made from this book!

Apple Hedgehogs – from Baking With Kids (p. 108)

4 small to medium very tart apples
8 ready-to-eat dried apricots
3 egg whites
3/4 cup superfine sugar
4tbsp sliced or slivered almonds
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
First, preheat to 350F and peel your apples. Gather your almond slivers and raisins!
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
Remove the core of the apple, either use a proper apple corer or butcher it until it pops out like this! Next make the meringue by beating the egg whites on high till they’re stiff and add in the sugar.
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
While Wee One #1 made focused on the meringue, Wee One #2 set to work on filling the apples with the raisins. The meringue is maybe not as stiff as if I had made it, but I think it looks perfect by the hands of an 11 year old.
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
Now the stuffed apples are covered with the meringue…. ….and the almond slivers are poked into the meringue!
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
They both took the placement of their almonds very seriously. It was quite a sight really.
baking with kids apple hedgehogs
Naturally, the higher up your hedgehog’s quills point the more likely they are to get a little, ahem, ‘crispy’.
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