A friend called me on Sunday to ask for apple recipes. She and her boyfriend had picked 20 pounds of apples at a local orchard and she needed to figure out what to do with them. We brainstormed and after a few minutes put together a nice list of recipes for her to use.
We started with the obligatory apple pie and soon agreed that apple sauce is a great way to use lots of apples. I began naming other pastry and cake possibilities, but she stopped me. She wanted my recipe for baked apples first. And it is one of my personal favorites too, among the legion of apple recipes.
You'll get the recipe too. But first, I can't resist a bit of apple trivia and a few tips:
There's nothing better than a simple and inexpensive dish that works equally well for one or a crowd. If you like apples and have an oven, then baked apples fit the bill. They are an excellent dessert, served with whipped cream, ice cream, or slightly sweetened Greek-style yogurt. With this recipe, they aren't too sweet, so they also make good snacks or brunch food, served with wedges of cheddar or other hard cheese. You can make your friends or co-workers jealous by packing a baked apple (wrapped in foil or plastic) for lunch. Just add a yogurt or cheese and a few carrot and celery sticks and you're set.
This recipe is calculated for one apple/one serving. If you want to serve to make more servings, just do the math; multiply each quantity by the number of servings you want to make. It doesn't get any easier.
Baked apple(s) - 1 serving
Estimated cost - $1.25 per serving
Preparation -- For step-by-step instructions, including pictures, click here.
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