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Baked Apples

February 1, 2010

When I was little, my mom used to make us  baked apples on cold winter days as a special treat after school.  They come out warm and delicious, reminiscent of hot apple sauce.  The best part is that you can fill them with whatever you’ve got from dried fruit to old cereal.  I like them for breakfast too, which is what I did the other morning.  It was snowy outside and so a fresh baked apple seemed perfect.  The recipe below is what I used for one, and it makes extra “granola” to add to the side.

You will need:

  • one crisp apple (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 T margarine
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1/3 c old-fashioned oats
  • scant 1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped

Then you…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core an apple and place in a small baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, cream together the margarine and brown sugar.
  4. Add the oats and almonds.
  5. Stuff the apple with the granola mixture and bake 15 minutes.
  6. Add any extra granola mixture to the dish around the apple (if you have any!), and bake another 15 minutes.

You want to bake the apple at least until the outsides give when you squeeze gently from the sides.  Bake for longer if you want a softer apple; 30 minutes with an average apple will be soft but still slightly firm in the middle.

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