We love the book How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. It’s a fun story about a little girl who wants to make an apple pie, but the store is closed so she has to go around the world to collect the ingredients she needs. She goes to Italy to get wheat, to France to get an egg (because French chickens lay elegant eggs, naturally!), to Sri Lanka to get cinnamon, to England to get a cow for milk (you’ll know it’s an English cow by her good manners and charming accent), to Jamaica for sugar cane and to Vermont for apples. The kids really enjoy the bright pictures and interesting story, and I think it’s educational to realize that different parts of the world have different crops and food specialties.
When apples were on sale for 49 cents a pound this week at Meijer (which worked out to be cheaper than the per pound cost of the bushel of seconds I had planned to buy at an orchard about 45 minutes away, once I factored in the gas it would take me to get there and back!) I decided to get a lot and make pies with the kids.
If you think that a 3 year old and a 2 year old can’t make apple pies, think again. With help, they measured and counted out ingredients, stirred vigorously, and shaped the pie crust. I peeled and cut the apples, but they mixed the filling together and selected the apple pieces for their pies. I have four little patty pans that were the perfect size for replacing one full sized pie recipe, so each child got to make two little pies. I also made one full size one so I could demonstrate what the crust was supposed to look like and how the filling goes in and they had an example to go by.
While we waited for the dough to chill and then for the pies to bake, we read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, made cards with apples and pies on them, recited the nursery rhyme “Simple Simon met a pieman going to the fair” and ate plain apples for snack.
The kids were so pleased with the results! We took the little pies over to Josh’s parents’ house to share with them and the kids loved giving Grammy and Papa their own pies!
Hannah may or may not have sneaked a taste. Jack definitely stuck his finger in the crust, Little Jack Horner style. We hope Grammy and Papa didn’t mind! We took the full size pie to a lunch with friends after church.