In an effort to get my kid to eat fruit other than grapes and blueberries, I thought it would be fun to stew some apple and rhubarb to make it soft enough for her to eat. I know apple pieces are a choking hazard at this age, and seeing her tender, raw gums I can’t imagine she’d enjoy chewing the hard little bits, so steaming or stewing seem to be the obvious option.
Having said that, every time we go shopping, she HAS to carry around a whole apple, or she’ll scream. She gnaws at it until she breaks the skin, then mauls it for a bit before throwing it into the cart behind us. I watch her like a hawk, but she really just seems to like licking the juice and nibbling like a rabbit.
So with that in mind, and some gorgeous rhubarb from the markets in hand, I made this for her. It was also a good basis to get some spoon/fork practice in, and I left the apple pieces reasonably large so she could grab them out with her fingers if she wanted. And she did. She absolutely loved this combination, especially mixed with organic yogurt, and she had it three nights in a row for dinner.
It’s so handy to have on hand, and freezes well. You can eat it plain, have on cereal or porridge, mix with yogurt, put into cakes or muffins… it’s just so versatile. And delicious! I may or may not have put a little scoop into some puff pastry and baked it. Yum.
Stewed cinnamon apple and rhubarb
- 1 bunch rhubarb, stalks only, trimmed and chopped into pieces
2 granny smith apples, peeled cored and roughly chopped
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar (I used a combination of rapadura and brown sugar, but the rhubarb needs a little sweetening, so go with your preferences)
1 cinnamon stick
1 pinch cloves
1/2 tsp vanilla
- Place everything in a pot over low heat and let simmer for 30-60 minutes until all is soft. Your house will smell amazing. Remove the cinnamon stick before eating.