Monday, October 3, 2011
These days when Mom makes them, she omits the soda thinking that it is sweet enough. Plus, she doesn't like to eat extra sugars where she can help it (which is where I get it from, I guess). These baked apples are perfect for brunch or even a snack. I send a few home with John each week because I know that they are healthy and yummy to eat. He loves them, so really, I can never make enough.
Our family has some great apple stories, and this is one of my favorites! When K was a freshman in college, her crew team was having a potluck. Having just been apple picking K had a number of them in her room and offered to make dessert. Well, her schoolwork took over (that happens at MIT) and she only had a few hours in which she had to make an apple dessert. She looked around her room and saw granola bars (we love those Nature Valley bars). She grabbed some brown sugar and cinnamon from the dining hall, tossed it with the apples, and sprinkled brown sugar and crumbled bars over the top. She baked it, brought it, and it was a hit! She was who I thought of when I told John I'd make him Baked Apples!
2 granola bars (I used Nature's Valley Honey&Oat)
2 tablespoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Core the apples almost to the bottom. Crumble the granola bars and mix with cinnamon, raisins, and brown sugar. Stuff each apple base with the granola bar mixture. Bake for 20 minutes, until the apple skins start to wrinkle and the inside is soft. Remove. Serve warm or cold with a topping of vanilla yogurt.
This is the perfect recipe for a nice relaxing family brunch, but also nice enough to serve to guests! Mom likes to serve it with some vanilla ice cream. Of course then, I GUESS, you should consider it dessert!
Until the next time my oven is on...
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