Monday, October 3, 2011

Brilliant Brunch: Baked Apples

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I remember growing up that baked apples were "the thing" to make in the fall.  I think it started as a diet thing?  I can't really be sure because, well, I was young.  You put diet soda over cored apples and baked them and they came out delicious and sweet.  I know for a fact Mom never gave us diet soda, so she must have used regular old Coke or Dr. Pepper (my favorite). 

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!
Baked Apples
Serves:  4
4 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...

4 comments:

  1. I love baked apples! Mine aren't usually healthy like these though. Have you tried them with a bar of chocolate stuffed into the centre?

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