Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Baked Apple

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I have a hard time eating apples in the winter. They're cold. I'm not looking for more cold. They're crisp and refreshing. Something I'm desperately searching for in the summer months. Winter? Not so much. 

The dilemma lies in the fact that I enjoy apples. I want to want to eat an apple in the winter. But, I don't. I find other sources of apple-ey to satisfy that sweet taste. This must be where my obsession for apple cider comes from. Warm mug, steam, fragrant aroma, small sips. Oh yes. 

It dawned on me the other morning, that even though I have a gallon of apple juice in the fridge just waiting to be turned into magical apple cider beverages, I was yearning for something different. So that's what I did. Something different.

I took an apple out of the crisper and I turned it into something delightful. Something my Mom used to do for us as kids.

 
Here's the play by play.


 I sliced off the top of the apple and took out the center leaving a nice hole, a perfect home for some strawberry preserves. 

Then I took a small bowl and added a little bit of this and that, consisting of oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, and cold butter.

Finally, I stuffed the apple with the mixture and created a little mountain on top. 

Into the oven it went for almost an hour.

Baked apples might be the cheapest form of candles. The house smelled just like I baked an apple pie, minus 1,872 calories. 

If you've never had a baked apple then I'm begging you to give it a try. You'll thank me. Promise.

Baked Apple

  1 apple
1 tablespoon strawberry preserves
1/2 cup quick oats
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, cold and diced
pinch of salt

Cut just the top portion of the apple off. Using a paring knife remove the core. Use a spoon if necessary to make a hole. Fill the hole with strawberry preserves. 

In small bowl add oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and salt. Combine with a pastry blender until mixture resembles crumbs. 

Fill apple with mixture packing it with your fingers. Create a mountain top with the mixture on the top of the apple. 

Fill a small baking dish with 1/4 inch water. Set the apple inside. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until the crisp topping is golden brown and apple is tender.
Note: it's completely normal for the apple to lose its red color while baking.

Enjoy!

{recipe adapted from Food Network c/o Sunny Anderson}


6 comments:

  1. oh yum!! this looks so delicious! will be trying this out tonight!

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  2. I made this before but never added preserve in the middle...i should definitely try this recipe out! :)

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  3. Yum! I am SO going to make this!! I have one apple let and a ton of oats :)

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  4. This looks just amazing!! I want to try it out asap!

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