At the Kids’ Thanksgiving Table

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, and since then Americans have come up with a number of foods to celebrate with! At our most recent At The Kids’ Table program, we talked a lot about food tools of the past, like an apple parer from 1890, or things like this celery vase.

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We also used that apple peeler to make mini apple pies! Below is a recipe you can use to make pies at home (with more modern devices, of course).


Easy Mini Apple Pies
yield: 1-2 pies, depending on size of apple
knife, cutting board, mini pie tins (2 per medium apple)
One granny Smith or Braeburn apple, peeled and sliced
Sweeteners: molasses, caramel, brown sugar, honey, white sugar
Spices: pumpkin pie spice mix, curry powder, chili powder, rosemary
Extra ingredients: chopped pecans, dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut, shredded cheddar cheese
frozen pie crust, cut to fit over mini pie tins
1.Peel and slice an apple. Braeburns and Granny Smiths are great for pies.
2. Fill the base of a mini pie tin with your apple slices.
3. Mix in a little bit of sweetener, spice, and extra ingredient. You choose your flavor combination.If you have enough apple for two pies, try making two completely different ones.
4. Cover mixture with pre-made pie crust. Crimp the edges of the crust and slice some holes in the top of the pie.
5. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
6. Let cool before eating.

History is served up in our monthly series of At the Kids’ Table cooking classes on How the Kitchen has ChangedGilded Age DiningA Civil War Pantry and more. Guided by Four Pounds Flour blogger Sarah Lohman, families look at food-related artifacts in New-York Historical’s collection, prepare ingredients using historic tools, and make delicious treats.


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