The dog days of summer are behind us but that doesn't mean the season's sweetest fruit is gone too. This is the time of year to let your baby fall in love with apples and pears. Just a few minutes on the stovetop or microwave and you're ready to puree homemade apple or pear sauce in your Cuisinart PowerPrep Plus 14-Cup Food Processor.
Adults may like tart apples like Granny Smith but sweeter varieties, like Gala or Golden Delicious, are a more palatable choice for baby. They have an almost candy-like flavor, sure to please your little one's natural sweet tooth. Leave the skin on, and you'll also be feeding her an extra serving of vitamin C (almost half of the vitamin's content is just under the skin) and fiber (the skin contains a high percentage of this nutrient).
These sauces are also a tasty way to introduce new flavors to older babies who are already used to eating solids. Try stirring a dash of ground cinnamon or nutmeg into one serving. Mix some of the plain apple or pear puree with a fruit, vegetable or other food she doesn't usually like. Chances are she'll like the new flavor combination and you'll feel good knowing she's getting her nutrients the way mother nature intended.
Try out these easy recipes for apples and pears, or try this one on for size:
Pure Pear or Apple Sauce
Makes about one cup
1 cup diced apples or pears (approximately one small whole piece of fruit)
¼ cup water
Place fruit and water in a small pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until fruit is tender when pierced with a fork, about seven minutes.