Baby Food Recipes
Choose only sweet fruit that is
2 medium eating apples or ripe pears, peeled and cored
3 tbsp pure apple juice or boiled water (ripe pears may not need any liquid added).
Chop your chosen fruit into small even sized pieces. Put these into a heavy based saucepan with the apple juice or water. (If the pears are ripe you probably don’t need to add any liquid).
Cover the pan and cook over a low heat (about 6 mins for apples and 3 mins for pears) until the fruit is tender. Alternatively steam the fruit for the same length of cooking time.
Blend the fruit to a smooth puree using an electric hand blender. If steaming you can add some of the liquid from the bottom of the steamer to the apples. For the pear puree you can stir a little baby rice into the puree to thicken it up a little.
Spoon a little puree into your baby’s bowl and serve lukewarm. Pour the remainder into an ice cube tray and freeze.
From 6 months
Suitable for freezing
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 8 minutes for apples; 3 – 4 minutes for pears
If you freeze food in ice cube trays you can mix and match flavours to make up your own combinations. Simply defrost one frozen cube of apple and mix it with a cube of pear puree to make apple and pear. I also like mixing savoury and sweet flavours together so combinations like carrot and apple or chicken sweet potato and apple are good.
Choose only sweet fruit that is completely ripe for your baby's fruit purees. Once he is accustomed to eating an apple or a pear fruit puree on its own, try combining the two fruits. Apple or pear fruit puree is an ideal first food for your baby, being easy to digest and unlikely to cause allergies. Choose sweet eating apples like the Pink Lady variety or Royal Gala are perfect for this fruit puree.