Posted October 12, 2010
There are all kinds of wonderful fruits and vegetables coming into season for the holidays. But when I think of fall, one fruit always seems to top the list... apples! Yes, apple season is upon us, and with it comes a number of tasty varieties to delight one's senses. Nothing seems cozier than enjoying warm baked apples on a fall morning when the chilly breeze is blowing and the fog is slowly melting away.
As the 8th graders' time in the kitchen is coming to a close and with the holidays fast approaching, we decided to celebrate the advent of fall by paying homage to the queen of all fall treats: the apple galette!
At each work table students were divided into two groups. Some students peeled and diced Pink Pearls, Jonagolds, Fujis, and Granny Smiths. They then seasoned the apples with cinnamon and brown sugar, and tossed them with fresh raspberries that I harvested from the garden. It was a delight to see all of them relish in sampling the different varieties of this versatile and delicious fruit. Other students learned the art of rolling pastry dough, and handed out the individual rounds to be filled, and folded neatly into a traditional galette.
Right out of the oven, the texture of the crisp pie dough gave way to an ooze of sweet apple juice that was met by delicate morsels of flavor within. For our closing question, each student had to answer, "What is a skill you have learned in the kitchen that you can use for the rest of your life?” We got all sorts of answers—some creative, some funny, and some, well, honest.
“I learned to make all these meals that are yummy and healthy. I will use these skills at home.” –Kyra
“I learned how to mince, dice, use an industrial dishwasher, make edible jewelry, pour water the champagne way, and cut different kinds of food.” -Annika
“I learned how to explode the soap dispenser.” –Robel
“The things I’ve learned in the kitchen that I will use forever are… cutting, peeling, cooking, measuring, and learning new ways to cook new, delicious, and healthy foods.”–Roal
The welcome board
Getting the apples ready for the galette
The prepped apples
Rolling out the dough
Stirring the apples with their seasonings
Putting together the individual apple galettes
Step 2 of creating the galette
Ready to be baked
Everyone wrote their name next to the one they made