Baked Apples - Your Way!

| 5/2/2013 3:19:22 PM

Sheryl NormandeauHere 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!).  

Baked Apples 

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!  

5/3/2013 8:16:44 PM

Sheryl, you don't have to be in Calgary to feel the biting edge of winter not letting go. We too had about three inches of snow here in Nebraska on May 2nd. It's not under hear of to get snow in May but it's been many decades since we have had that much in May. My daffodils that have been in full bloom just couldn't take the heavy snow and gave up. They have endured four other snows and a hail storm but the winter weather finally wore them down killed the little flowers. The tulips are still standing tall and didn't seem to be affected by the wet heavy snow. Have a great day anticipating those warms days of summer.

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