First Fruit Puree*
Homemade Baby Food Recipe for beginning eaters.
- Preparation: 5 minutes
- Cooking: 8 minutes for apples, 3-4 minutes for pears
- Makes 6 portions
- Suitable for freezing
- 2 medium sweet eating apples or ripe pears, peeled and cored
- 3 tbsp boiled water or pure apple juice
Chop your chosen fruit into small, even-sized pieces. Put these pieces in a heavy-bottomed saucepan with the water or apple juice (if the pears are ripe, you may not need water or juice). Cover and cook over low heat until the fruit is tender. Or steam the fruit over water for the same amounts of time.
Blend the fruit into a smooth puree with a hand blender. Add a little apple juice, boiled water, or water from the bottom of the steamer into the puree.
Spoon a little puree into your baby's bowl and serve lukewarm. Pour the remainder into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Variation: Mash a raw banana or half a papaya and puree with a little breast milk or formula. If necessary, the banana can be heated in a microwave for a few seconds to make it easier to mash. These variations are not suitable for freezing.
*Reproduced with permission from First Meals by Annabelle Karmel