Baked Apples

This past Wednesday was one of the first days in the past 13 years that NYU has had a snow day. All classes after 12:30 were called off, so although I still had to go to one class in the morning, I spent the rest of the day vegging out with my roommate as the blizzard raged on outside our window. In total, I think it snowed about 8″ but it’s hard to tell since they plow the streets so quickly here. It sometimes feels like New Yorkers are just scared of snow. Can’t they let it accumulate just a bit before they have to plow it all away? Next time it snows, I’m heading up to Central Park, so I can make snow men and go sledding šŸ™‚

Anyway, after watching 4 episodes of GLEE in a row, I decided it was time to bake. I’ve been thinking about making baked apples for ages. I guess they’re more of a fall food, but on such a blizzardy day, they seemed like the perfect idea. I looked at a few different recipes, but kind of came up with one on my own based on the ingredient we had. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with these. They are the perfect dessert if you’re in need of something quick and don’t want to go out to the store. As long as you have some apples, it’s likely you’ll have the rest of the ingredients in your pantry. I baked mine for about an hour and they came out nice and smushy. It was the perfect companion to our movie night as my suite mates and I braved what was for some – their very first SNOW DAY!

BAKED APPLES

(Adapted by ME!)

INGREDIENTS:
  • 3 or 4 apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. cinammon
  • 1tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup crushed pecans
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/3 cup orange juice

DIRECTIONS:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1) Core the apples with either an apple corer or a knife. Make sure to leave about a1/4-1/2 an inch of apple at the bottom, so the brown sugar mixture doesn’t fall through

2) In a small mixing bowl, mix together all dry ingredients plus 1 tbs. melted butter.

3) Place apples in a small baking dish. Scoop heaping spoonfuls of the brown sugar mixture into center of apples, packing down until apples are full. Using remainder of butter, add a small pad of butter to the top of each apple.

4) Pour water and and juice into the baking dish around the apples. Cook until soft – about 50-65 minutes. Baste apples with liquids about half way through the baking time.

5) Enjoy šŸ™‚

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