Reading Group: 1 – 7 years old
One of my favourite picture books from childhood has to be Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
The short book tells the sweet story of a little caterpillar and his growling stomach. The little guy tries snacking on everything he can get his hands on, but nothing seems to be able to fulfill his appetite!
The little caterpillar snacks on so many delicious treats that I had a tough time picking just one. Ultimately, I went with the hungry caterpillar’s first indulgence: the apple.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Microwave Baked Apples
Who doesn’t love apples? I’m a big fan of this recipe because it’s very easy to make and tastes like soft apple pie filling.
What You’ll Need:
- Deep casserole dish (with lid)
- 2 McIntosh Apples (if you want a firmer baked apple, try Fuji)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons butter
- Dried cranberries, raisins, or nuts (optional)
- Core apples, leaving bottoms in tact. I found this difficult and ended up removing the bottoms. In the end, it was no biggie. Place the apples, side-by-side, in a deep, microwavable casserole dish.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk the brown sugar, the cinnamon and the nutmeg. I also decided to incorporate some candied pecans (I tossed the nuts in maple syrup and toasted them). You could also try tossing in some raisins or dried cranberries.
- Spoon the sugar mixture into the apples. Top each apple with a teaspoon of butter.
- Microwave covered on high for 3½ to 4 minutes (or until tender). The apples will be quite hot, so let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
These apples are super simple to make and a great twist on an old favourite. What do you think? Would the Very Hungry Caterpillar approve?