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Three Things to do with Baked Apples

Posted on October 01, 2009 by crankycheryl

I’m really writing this one to proselytize on behalf of the humble baked apple.  It’s so maligned, an after-thought of an apologetic little dessert.  Which was appropriately forgotten when the actual time for dessert arrived … until the next morning, when they transformed breakfast into something amazing.

This was just as well.  I can hardly imagine the caterwauling and carrying on I would have faced if I had brought a warm, wrinkly apple to the table and tried to pass it off as dessert.

And then I started using the rest of them and realized how much more they could do.  This is my favorite kind of food discovery, a simple preparation that makes a humble and affordable ingredient especially flexible.

If you don’t have a current favorite baked apple recipe, here’s a classic one to start with.  Make 8 or a dozen apples and use them up all week long, in:

  1. Oatmeal.  Just throw the whole thing in the bowl, toss the oats over it and stir/mash it up with a spoon.
  2. As a bottom for cobbler, with biscuit dough on top and the apples especially flavorful and caramelized.
  3. In quick, easy, mini apple pies.  Get miniature phyllo cups, scoop in a little bit of apple and warm at 300 for just a few minutes.  Use a melon baller to scoop a tiny bit of vanilla ice cream on top.
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  • Baked apples rock! I love this time of year – the apples are perfect.

  • Baked apples (or even immiations done in the microwave) are very underappreciated – and what a loss for those people, as they are delicous any time of day!

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