This is more of a guide than a recipe so you can easily vary the fillings and scale it up or down depending on how many people you are serving. It’s very impressive served for dinner and is great for kids’ motor skills – practise using kitchen knives and plaiting.

Ingredients

Eating apples

Brown sugar

Cinnamon

Raisins

Ready-made puff pastry – you can buy ready-rolled too if you are short of time

Egg (for brushing)

Polenta (for sprinkling)

Method

  1. Peel the apples and chop into small cubes. 
  2. Put in a bowl and toss with the raisins and some brown sugar and cinnamon to taste and leave to marinade while you get on with the rest of the recipe. 
  3. Roll out the pastry to make a rectangle – keep it fairly wide so that there is enough room to make the plait. 
  4. Make a series of diagonal cuts along both sides of the pastry, about 2.5cm thick and leaving a gap in the centre for the filling. 
  5. Spoon the filling down the centre of the pastry and then brush the slits with beaten egg. 
  6. Fold in the top and bottom edges, then carefully fold the strips over each other, one side at a time, to form a plait. 
  7. Brush the top with beaten egg and put on a baking tray lightly dusted with polenta (this helps keep the pastry crisp). 
  8. Bake at 200C/ fan 180C for about 20-30 mins until crisp and golden. Serve warm with ice cream or cream and tuck in!



Nicole's Top Tip:
while you are cooking with apples, get the kids to try different flavours – maybe dried apple rings, different varieties of apples, apple juice etc. Also try biting the apple slices into different shapes. 



With thanks to The Kids Kitchen for the recipe.