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Recipe: An Apple A Day….

Published September 16, 2011 8:07 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling perfect throughout the entire month of September! Apples are in season; why not use them in your speech and language lessons? There are so many different types of apples...Granny Smith, Fuji, Red and Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Rome Beauty and the list goes on. They vary in color, shape and texture. Some are sweet, others sour. This time of year they are a perfect teaching tool!

Here are two appetizing applicious recipes that can easily be completed in the classroom!

Sautéed Apples


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 large tart apples -- peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamonApples


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan on a stove or portable burner. 
  2. Add apples. Cook, stirring constantly for about 6 or 7 minutes, until apples are almost tender. 
  3.  Dissolve cornstarch in the water and add to the skillet.
  4. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Add whipped cream for an added fun topping or place apples over a dopple of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Apple Butter

Ingredients (can be easily cut in half)

  • 5 1/2 pounds apples -- peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


This recipe should be done over two consecutive school days. On the first day:

  1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook about 10-11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.

On the second day:

  1. Uncover the mixture and stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
  2. Scoop out desired amount and allow it to cool.
  3. Serve with graham crackers, toast or any type of cracker/wafer you have available!


This week instead of a recipe, I would like to share a fun lesson that expands on the apple theme from

September 23, 2011 8:49 AM

I have been using a Apple theme to begin therapy this year also. I brought in green, red and yellow apples and we cut them up and dipped them in honey.  We introduced vocabulary in regards to the parts of an apple and what we can make with apples.  The students loved it!

Jo Ann Woociker, Speech and Lang - SLP, Elementary School September 22, 2011 7:00 PM
Deltona FL

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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