Recipe for Grandparent’s Day: Apples with peanut butter and corn flakes
Grandparent’s day is an official US holiday, declared as such by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, but it is not a very well known holiday in the States. It’s officially acknowledged on the first Sunday following Labor Day, which is on Sept. 9 this year. I am quite surprised that South Korea has a Children’s Day and a Parents Day but no Grandparents Day.
In honor of my late Grandmother, I want to introduce a recipe she used to make for me as a child that I remember with great fondness.
My maternal grandparents had the unenviable task of raising me on their own. My grandparents were in their late 50’s and I was 6 months old when the law stepped in and gave them the parental role in my life.
My grandmother did some strange and even desperate things to cajole her picky, finicky ginger-haired granddaughter to expand her culinary horizons beyond Hungarian goulash and Cooke Crisp cereal. She came up with what some might consider the most desperate idea of all to sneak a fresh apple my finicky mouth.
She found a recipe in a recipe book for parents wanting to introduce their children to the kitchen and within its pages, she found a recipe for a concoction mixing smooth peanut butter with cornflakes. She smeared this mess onto an apple that she had carefully cored and sliced. I liked it so much, she made it for me whenever I asked for it. She was happy she finally convinced me to eat apples.
I put my own spin on the recipe from time to time, usually replacing the healthy corn flakes with potato chips. In my 8 year old mind, I was happy to have an excuse to eat potato chips and pretend they were health food.
Before you cast aspersions on my peanut butter and potato chip combination as being undignified or low-brow, it is said that Jeff Smith, the Frugal Gourmet, had a fondness for peanut butter and potato chip sandwiches. Mock us potato chip lovers if you will.
However, in the name of social responsibility, I will show you the healthy version with cornflakes. I refuse to be held responsible if your kids sneak into the pantry and use potato chips for this recipe instead.
Apples & Peanut Butter-Corn Flakes spread
2 apples (I use gala apples, usually)
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter (crunchy will work, too)
1/4 c. crushed cornflakes
- Mix peanut butter and cornflakes in a small bowl.
- Core and slice the apples.
- Spread the peanut butter and corn flake mixture on each apple slice and serve.