Baked Apple Puff – The Whole Family Cookbook Recipe Review

Yesterday afternoon, after the big boys and I made a few batches of cookie dough for the freezer, we made the Baked Apple Puff recipe from my friend Michelle’s new cookbook The Whole Family Cookbook: Celebrate the Goodness of Locally Grown Foods.

The boys love to whisk, pour, dump and they especially enjoyed seeing the “puffed” creation as it came out of the oven. It was a lovely, albeit messy, afternoon in the kitchen. But these are the moments in the kitchen that I love and cherish!

I also love that Michelle includes personal details on the recipes…like she raises chickens, and that she has an apple tree in her backyard.  Which makes this particular recipe very inexpensive for her to make! While I realize that’s not possible for most people (myself included), it’s certainly inspirational!  Be sure to take advantage of all the apple deals at the farmer’s market this summer and coming fall.

Not only did my early reader help with the whisking, he also helped with the reading of the recipe.  While I was pulling out ingredients, he was spouting off sight words that he knew from the recipe.

And helper #2 also had to “read” the recipe.  And by “reading” he just told me all the different colors that he saw on the recipe.  Michelle’s recipes are super colorful.  Why?!

On each step in the directions, she has color coded by age. It’s to be used as a guide for those who are making these with their kids.

  • 4-6 year olds can crack the eggs
  • 2-3 year olds can whisk eggs
  • 7-10 year olds can melt the margarine in the microwave

I find that especially helpful…as it gives me a sense of what new skills I should be teaching the boys in the kitchen!

Too bad I didn’t have my camera ready to catch it all “puffed up!”

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Baked Apple Puff

Adapted from The Whole Family Cookbook to make it gluten free and dairy free!


  • 5 Tbsp dairy free margarine, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 small apples, peeled, cored and sliced


  • Preheat oven to 450. Melt 2 Tbsp margarine or butter.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, add the melted butter, milk, 2 Tbsp sugar, vanilla, 1 tsp of cinnamon, salt and brown rice flour.  Whisk until smooth batter forms.
  • In an ovenproof skillet, melt the other 3 Tbsp margarine or butter. Add the apple slices and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp sugar, to use as a topping.
  • Pour the batter over the cooked apples and then sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar topping over top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.  Will be nice and puffy tall when you take it out of the oven!
  • Slice and serve.

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  1. Kory says

    That sounds like a really awesome book. I don’t have any kids yet but lots of nieces and nephews and I try to them in the kitchen whenever I can. I am a firm believer that if you want your children to be able to feed themselves healthy food, you have to bring them into the kitchen. When they are little I start out by pulling a chair over to the counter and letting them put together their own PB&J’s. Even though they come out a ripped up mess that doesn’t even have filling on most of the sandwich, it tastes better to them than any other sandwich in the world. As they get older, I give them more challenging tasks. It is amazing how much more willing a child is to eat a veggie their parents claim they hate after they help you make it.

  2. says

    I agree with getting the kids involved for better eating habits. I have little scraps of paper with recipes I want to try in a ziploc bag. When my kids are caught doing something good, they can reach in, pull out a recipe, and we get busy in the kitchen together. My kids love it, we get to try a new recipe, and I get some great quality time with my girls! :)

  3. Elizabeth Rehn says

    Where did you get the forks? With a family with 4 boys in it they would love to have them. My son Ethan didn’t notice the apple dessert he noticed the fork and said cool!

  4. says

    Really liked this post because of the family activity and great fun preparing a Baked Apple Puff. The recipe is easy to follow and sounds delicious. Plan to use it for a family kitchen day which is usually a great deal of fun. The forks are very cool, already in a list for possible Christmas stuffers. Nice photos, thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    Hi Erin,
    Thanks for this wonderful post about my new book! Your boys are adorable and I loved seeing them in action! It’s especially nice to see a gluten and dairy free adaptation – I’ll be sure to add a link to it on my website :-) Thank you for your support!! xo Michelle

  6. says

    Aw, what cute helpers you had! So great to see you encourage bringing the family together in the kitchen and not just the dining room. When I was growing up, I was always eager to help my mom “cook dinner,” even if it just meant reading a recipe out loud or putting bread rolls on a plate. The time I spent in the kitchen then is directly related to how much time I spend in the kitchen now. Thanks for sharing a fun way to get kids into home-cooked meals!


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