Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Custardy Apple Squares

Dorie Greenspan custardy apple muffins on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe – Custardy Apple Squares – is one I’ve already made a few times before. It’s one of the first recipes I marked as “to make” when I received Baking Chez Moi.  Last fall, I chose to make this with my Petits Chefs cooking club because it was a lovely way to take advantage of beautiful fall apples and when you make mini versions of the “squares” (actually, in muffin tins), you can get them baked in under an hour!

Kids peeling apples on eatlivetravelwrite.com

This year, as in every Term 1, I’m running two cooking clubs per week, my Petits Chefs (Grades 5-8) and Cooking Basics (for the younger students in Grades 3 and 4). For the most part, with the younger boys, I choose a book or a resource and work my way through it over the course of the term. This term we’re working with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution cookbook – the original and, in my opinion, one of the best resources out there for those looking for a “basic” cookbook. We’ve made some amazingly successful recipes (mac and cheese, chili, chicken stir fry…) but I knew the boys were all wondering when we would be making a dessert. Kids often have the perception that “cooking = cupcakes” and are often surprised to see how few desserts we actually make in the club. My focus is teaching them skills that will help them be a little bit self-sufficient in the kitchen later in in life, so quite frankly, there are only a very few desserts in the mix each term.

I am always happy to cook with seasonal produce though and who can deny the appeal of autumn apples? So when the custardy apple square recipe came up for Tuesdays with Dorie, I thought it was an excellent way to introduce baking to the boys. We learned all sorts of useful kitchen skills…

Like how to peel and chop apples…

Kids dicing apples on eatlivetravelwrite.comHow to measure dry ingredients by volume…

Kids scooping and sweeping flour on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids measuring baking powder on eatlivetravelwrite.comHow to make a custardy cake batter…

Kids measuring sugar on eatlivetravelwrite.com Adding caramel essence to eggs and sugar on eatlivetravelwrite.com Measuring milk on eatlivetravelwrite.comHow to whisk…

Whisking custard on eatlivetravelwrite.comHow to gently mix the apple cubes into the custard/ batter…

Dorie Greenspan custardy apple squares on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd how to NOT make a mess pouring batter into well-greased muffin tins…

Making Dorie Greenspan custardy apple squares in muffin tins on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids Making Dorie Greenspan custardy apple squares in muffin tins on eatlivetravelwrite.com Tuesdays with Dorie Kids Making Dorie Greenspan custardy apple squares in muffin tins on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhile we waited for the muffins to bake, we cleaned up and then sat down to read through the recipe. THEN we walked through the recipe and the boys basically told me in their own words how they made this dessert. I’ve absolutely no doubt that they would be able to make this at home for their parents, it’s so easy – as Dorie says, it’s perfect for novice bakers.

I baked the muffins at 400˚F for approximately 15 minutes (this is in a toaster oven that has a fan so it’s actually pretty accurate in terms of temperature).  And look:

Making Dorie Greenspan custardy apple squares in muffin tins for tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey were PERFECT! The boys were SO excited to try these (though I made them promise to save them until they got home) and I heard great reports from families about how delicious they were 🙂

Get the recipe for Custardy Apple Squares here or on p 20 of Baking Chez Moi.

Baking Chez Moi Cover



Tuesdays with Dorie participants don’t publish the recipes on our blogs, so you’re encouraged to purchase Baking Chez Moi for yourself which you can do on Amazon (this link should bring you to the Amazon store in your country) or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Then join us, baking our way through the book!




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19 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Custardy Apple Squares

  1. Nicole October 25, 2016 at 08:16 #

    I n love this idea of using the muffin tins. How clever! I think i would have preferred them this way!

  2. Zosia October 25, 2016 at 08:26 #

    They are perfect! Kudos to you and your kids.

  3. Summer October 25, 2016 at 16:12 #

    What a great idea to bake them in muffin tins. I like Jamie Oliver too so thanks for the tip on “The Food Revolution” it may come n handy for my niece.

    • Mardi Michels October 26, 2016 at 05:08 #

      It’s a great book 🙂 And yes, the muffin tins were a stroke of genius if I do say so myself!

  4. Ryan October 25, 2016 at 23:14 #

    That’s a great spin on the Custardy Apple Squares! It looks like you all had fun making them!

  5. Geoff October 25, 2016 at 23:24 #

    The boys’ concentration almost shone through those pics. Lovely post.

    • Mardi Michels October 26, 2016 at 05:06 #

      They are VERY serious about the club, and especially when it comes to baking 🙂

  6. Ei October 26, 2016 at 09:59 #

    I’m. Ow desperately trying to get this baby to nap longer than 20 min so k can run down to bake these. They look delightful!

    • Ei October 26, 2016 at 10:00 #

      So many typos up there. My bad.

      • Mardi Michels October 26, 2016 at 10:38 #

        You are forgiven for typos because, well, newborn!!!

  7. Diane Zwang October 26, 2016 at 17:37 #

    You are a great teacher Mardi. I think those muffins tins were a wonderful idea. Another winner.

  8. Teresa October 26, 2016 at 18:22 #

    What a wonderful way to give kids confidence as bakers! These are beautiful in muffin form.

  9. Margaret @approachingfood October 31, 2016 at 01:13 #

    Love this! It’s so great that you introduce kids to cooking, and especially with this recipe, as it’s quite healthy. The finished product looks great!

    • Mardi Michels October 31, 2016 at 05:06 #

      Thanks! I reckon it’s better to show kids how to make desserts and treats from scratch, right? They LOVED it!

  10. Karen Prengaman November 7, 2016 at 19:16 #

    These look great! I am sure the boys loved making and eating them.

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