We’ve looked at the best seasonal foods to eat in September with kids – pears – and have shared some of the best recipes to get your little ones in the kitchen, making the most of the fresh food in season right now.
Homemade pear puree is an ideal first food for your baby as it’s rich in vitamin C and fiber, and tastes super sweet and delicious.
1 x pear
4 tbsp cold water
Peel the pear, remove the core and chop into cubes. Add the water to a pan along with the pear pieces, and gently cook over a low heat until soft, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool and serve.
Your puree can be frozen for up to one month so store any excess in the freezer for another day.
Mini pear pies (via Cooking Creation)
Your house will smell divine when these irresistible little treats are cooking. Delicious served on their own or with clotted cream or ice-cream.
4 pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
50g white sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1.5 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 x sheet of puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
Pre-heat oven to 220°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6.
In a large bowl, mix the white sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and lemon juice, then add the pear slices and combine.
Unroll the pastry and, using a cookie cutter, cut out 16-20 circles. Place half of them in a greased bun tin. Fill each pie with the pear mixture and top with the remaining 8-10 pie lids and seal the edges. Brush with the egg to glaze.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before serving (with clotted cream or ice-cream for extra indulgence).
Pear & Ginger Loaf Cake (via BBC Good Food)
This wholesome loaf last a couple of days and is ideal for lunch boxes, or as a late afternoon snack. Or eat it straight out the oven with custard. Yum.
200g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
100g caster sugar
100g soft brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 balls stem ginger in syrup, drained and chopped
2 pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
For the glaze:
3 tbsp syrup from the ginger jar
3 tbsp granulated sugar
Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.
Grease and line the base and sides of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment, ensuring the parchment comes 2cm above the top of the tin.
Beat the butter and sugars together until pale, then gradually stir in the eggs and vanilla extract.
Fold the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into the mix, then quickly stir through the stem ginger and pears.
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, smooth the surface, then bake for 1 hr – 1 hr 10 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the tin before adding the glaze.
To make the glaze, simply mix the syrup with 1 tsp water and the sugar. Poke the surface of the loaf all over with a skewer, then pour on the syrup so it seeps into the holes.
Serve warm with cream, or allow to cool completely.
So if you’re looking for seasonal foods to eat in September with kids – pears are a perfect, sweet, mouth-watering choice.
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