Spending time with a grandchild, niece or nephew in the kitchen not only nurtures your relationship but can also help them develop a variety of important lifelong habits and skills: from cooking hygiene and fine motor skills to an appreciation of the work that goes into preparing a dish. And there are so many ways to make this a fun bonding experience, especially when dessert is the focus. 

 

INGREDIENTS apple

6 large baking apples, cored, peeled, sliced

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup sugar, divided

2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

8 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven 375F. Toss apples with lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, crystallized ginger and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; pour into 8-9-inch baking dish or round casserole. Mix flour, oatmeal, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg; cut in butter forming a crumbly mixture. Cover apples with crumb mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is crisp and golden. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Optional garnish of fresh apple slices is shown in photo.

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Lisa Keys is a multi-award-winning cook, a Food Network Chopped champ and blogger of www.GoodGriefCook.com. When Lisa is not blogging, cooking or competing, she can be found in her garden tending to the fresh ingredients she uses in her recipes or writing this column for her college roommate.