Friday, November 7, 2014

RECIPE: Cinnamon Baked Apples

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 4 servings

4 thick-skinned, large and slightly sweet apples, such as Cortland or Rome (varieties like McIntosh or Macoun will burst & split, although will still taste delicious--I speak from experience!)

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

3 Tbs. dark brown sugar

2 Tbs. softened butter

2 Tbs. finely chopped walnuts (or large pieces, if you prefer)

Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut a thin slice from the top of each apple, as well as a small slice from the bottom of each apple, so that it has a flat base. Then core the apples about 3/4 of way down. If you own an apple corer, this can be done very quickly. To core the apples with a paring knife, please read theses simple instructions:
2. Place apples in a baking dish (8x8 glass Pyrex fits 4 apples perfectly), filled with 1/2 inch of water; set aside.
3. In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon, brown sugar, softened butter, walnuts and salt. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture into each apple.
4. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until apples are tender. Drizzle pan juices over tops of the apples and serve. Your home will smell delightful!

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