During August we made a very interesting recipe – apple pie bites, which consisted of a croissant-like apple treat with cinnamon and brown sugar inside. The children learnt about apples, the apple blossom and different colours apples that we get. We learnt that a blossom is a special flower that turns into fruit, and that it is different from any other flower. We had to roll out our dough and cut a large triangle out of the dough. We then painted melted butter on the triangle and spread cinnamon sugar all over it. This stimulates different senses, e.g. touch, smell and of course taste. We then placed slices of apple at the bottom of our triangle and rolled it up like a croissant. This is then baked until golden brown. This was really delicious, as it is eaten lukewarm and the weather was still a little cold during the first half of August.


Dough for apple pie bites

2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cups butter (fridge temperature, cut into small blocks)
4 tbsp butter (melted)
1 extra large egg
1/2 cups buttermilk
4 tbsp water

Cinnamon Sugar Filling
3/4 cups soft brown sugar
1/4 cups granulated white sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves or nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter , melted
Apple slices (thin)

1 cup icing sugar
1 lemon, zested
3 tbsp lemon juice

Buttermilk can also be replaced with plain yoghurt!

Method for apple pie bites

Pre-heat the oven to 190°C.

Dough for apple pie bites

Butter a 22cm cake pan really well and line the base with baking paper. Sieve the dry ingredients and cut the butter in. Add the egg, buttermilk and water. Mix to a softish dough with a knife. Knead 5-6 times.

Roll the dough out on a well-floured board. Cut triangles out of the dough, size depending on how big you want the pie bites to be-it will resemble croissants. Brush the triangle with 2 tbsp (30ml) of melted butter. Sprinkle and level cinnamon sugar all over. Pack one or two apple slices at the longest side of the triangle (bottom).

Roll the triangle into a croissant from the side where the apple slices are packed until it resembles a croissant. Pinch the end together with your fingers to seal.

Brush the remaining 2 tbsp (30ml) of butter over the flattened slices. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until browned.

Turn out on a cooling rack and flip right-side-up. Stand the rack on some greaseproof paper to catch any drips when spooning or piping the icing over.

Cinnamon Sugar Filling

Combine sugars, spices, and salt in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) melted butter and stir with a fork until it looks like wet sand. Set aside.

Lemon Icing

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Mix in the lemon rind and lemon juice for a slightly runny icing.

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