Friday, October 26, 2012

Baked Apples

Growing up, my parents would take us to our Great Grandpa's apple orchard every October to pick apples.  The orchard was Great Grandpa's hobby during retirement and we were able to reap the benefits. He had 6-8 varieties of apples, pears and plums.  We would pick crate upon crate of apples and store them in our garage.  I remember getting sick one year while picking, because I had eaten one too many apples.  Apples are such a versatile fruit and you can incorporate them into any meal, savory or sweet.  You can use them as filling, stuffing or simply eat them Au natural (with a bit of nutella - my toddler's favorite).  One of the simplest ways to enjoy an apple for dessert is to bake them with a bit of butter and sugar, resulting in a warm, and delicious treat (not to mention this dessert contains just a fraction of the calories/fat in a slice of apple pie!!).

Baked Apples
Peel upper 1/4 of apple.  Place in a baking dish.  In the center of each apple put 1 tbsp of brown sugar and one tsp of butter (I alternate the two ingredients - sugar, butter, sugar, butter, sugar).  Sprinkle the top of the apple with cinnamon. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

* This is a basic baked apple recipe - You can try adding a the following ingredients into the cored center; raisins, a cinnamon stick, old fashioned oats (They are all good!)   

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