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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Baked Apples

It got cold here in the West Virginia panhandle. You may have heard about the freak snow storm we had this past Friday - in OCTOBER! Winter Fall is upon us. The leave are changing and the night air is cold and crisp - perfect night for Baked Apples! I had one large Honey Crisp apple left in the fridge, so this is just an Apple treat for one. (But, I did share it with my Little Cup). These apples are tart and juicy and one of the best fall apples! I can't get them any other time of year. So they are an annual treat for me!I left the apple out to warm to room temperature (which was all of 64 in the house) for 3 hours.

Wash the apple and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Core the apple, without puncturing the bottom of the apple. I used a sharp knife and spoon to do this.
Stuff in 2 Tbls of brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)

Top with a 1 tbls pat of butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

I have cinnamon sticks! Love the fresh cinnamon smell when I grate it with my Microplane grater. This is the best grater/zester that I have ever owned. FYI - Watch your finger tips and knuckles when using it.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until sugar begins to caramelize and apples are tender. Let cool for a few minutes and slice into it! The apple was warm, but not mushy. It kept a lot of the crunch and the tart apple with the dark brown sugar was so good! 

You can also stuff it with your favorite apple pie flavors like chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins, dates, or craisins under the butter, or make an oatmeal crumble topping. There are so many different ways to make a baked apple. Have fun, use what you have on hand.

Enjoy and Keep life Simple!

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