Here in Calgary, the weather hasn’t been exactly conducive to spring flowers and barbecues – we’re still getting snow storms and that biting edge in the wind just won’t let up. Even if it is nice and sunny where you are, there’s always a place for a breakfast that warms the belly – or a simple dessert that will go with any meal. (You might even want to try these on the grill!).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Allow one whole apple per person. Use your favorite baking apples. Slightly tart apples are the most flavorful. Wash the apples thoroughly. Peeling them is optional, but I like to leave the peels on.
Slice the apples down the centre, and remove the core, stem, and seeds. Place the two apple halves cut side up in a small ramekin or baking dish. (If you’re making a whole bunch, you can place them all in a large baking dish side by side). Now, here’s the fun part – adding the toppings! Choose your “liquid” addition first: A generous drizzle of honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, or even homemade salted caramel if you’re feeling really decadent. Follow this up with a sprinkle of finely chopped pecans or almonds, plump raisins, dried cranberries or cherries, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom.
Cover the dishes with aluminum foil. Bake the apples for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for five minutes before digging in. Enjoy!